Hulu Plus – Here Are My Questions

Update #1: Just found out / realized that the Hulu Plus stuff is “broadcast only” – meaning you won’t see any cable content on there. Yes, stuff like Burn Notice and Caprica ain’t gonna happen, even with commercials. Yes, the CEO seems scared that people might think this is a cable killer.

Update #2: Boxee ain’t the only one not on the list. No Android or Google TV either. No Roku. Silly.

I’ve been saying for a long time that I never thought a “paid/premium” version of Hulu was in the cards. Somebody somewhere has smelled some coffee (they woke up too) and I’m quite intrigued. Here’s some reporting from Engadget with a little more insight than the Hulu press release.

For the record, I have no problem paying $9.95 – even with commercials – it’s far less than any cable bill out there and (at this point) has less commercials than any cable bill out there. I’ve applied for beta accounts and am waiting to hear back.

I installed this bad boy on both my iPhone and iPad. Now I’m really glad that I have unlimited 3g on both of them. The demo stuff looks great over 3g – better quality than either Netflix or ABC (on the iPad at least).

But, I have questions:

  • Where is CBS? Nothing from them is in the lineup and we hear rumors of them going all HTML5 on us this fall. Will they be the ones to go totally free?
  • What about Boxee? The lie that “content providers wanted it removed” is about as plausible as (insert BP caring joke here). How come they weren’t listed as a means to get Hulu Plus? They’re on other boxes. What gives?
  • How many commercials on plus? We know the industry is moving to more than one. Will “Plus” go with it?
  • Why Xbox in 2011? Don’t really need commentary about this one.
  • Why no Zune or Windows 7 phone options? Did Remond upset someone at Hulu?
  • Will it “take?” Right now the commentary I’m reading says folk don’t want to pay $10 for this thing.

What about you, will you pay for Hulu Plus?

Do you have answers to any of my questions?

Do you have any questions of your own?

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  • Michelle Fradella

    We watch our movies for free on They usually have the most recent movies, within a couple of weeks after they hit the box office. Lots of oldies, too!

  • paulcolligan

    Michelle, there are lots of ways to get your content online that are not traditionally legal.

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  • a.r.

    so you are paying 9.95 for the total of those two devices and not separately right? i would split the bill with my friend who has an iphone since i have an ipad. would that work?

  • paulcolligan

    Don't know.

  • Neelsje

    I would pay if I could watch it through Boxee.

  • paulcolligan

    Interesting angle. I wonder if they'll offer that option. They certainly can't say that their content producers don't want this being see on the TV anymore …

  • Richard

    I agree. A HuluPlus App on Boxee would make me pony up the cash – so I could have everything on one device. $200 on time for the hardware. $10/month for Netflix. $10/month for HuluPlus. Sounds like a great deal compared to typical cable bills, especially if I can use the same remote control for all of it.

  • paulcolligan

    Very interesting tern here. Anyone else agree?

  • Kaltespj

    I want it on Boxee and, I think the commercials should be stripped on the paid version – leave it free with commercials otherwise…

  • paulcolligan

    i don't even care about the commercials. i care that it doesn't have everything the free hulu does.

  • Busymommy4

    I wouldn't mind a commercial or 2 every now and then like on hulu; however, I am quite annoyed that we're paying for hulu plus and getting far less than we get for free on hulu. It's definitely not worth it to us to pay for hulu plus when hulu has so much more to offer us. We want Chuck! I guess we'll just continue to hook up the computer to the t.v. when we need to. πŸ˜› I'd much rather use my roku on my bedroom t.v., though. That's the one and only reason we'd pay for hulu plus. To use hulu with roku instead of using the comp, but it's pointless if what we want is only on the computer. πŸ˜›

  • paulcolligan

    yeah, agreed – it is quite annoying.

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