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Ditching Cable For Hulu

Sat Dec 01, 2012 1:15 am

For those of you that have done this, have you been happy? I don't watch too much tv, and can stay informed online. I don't have too many shows that I follow these days (could be my work schedule, or just not that "into" tv). I am ditching cable, and can use Hulu and Netflix from my PS3. Has anyone tried Hulu Plus? Thoughts on that vs regular Hulu? Price wise, it doesn't seem too bad!
 
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RE: Ditching Cable For Hulu

Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:30 am

We haven't paid for cable for years. We don't watch too much and don't want the kids to watch too much, and everything we need is on netflix or hulu eventually. Sometimes when I am at a place with cable I run through the channels and realize that there are 500 channels and still nothing on worth watching.

The thing I miss by far the most is sports stuff. Live streaming is often very bad quality, and times out etc. I don't have time to watch much anyway, but it's a consideration if you don't want to have to go to friends' or a bar to watch an event.

Go for it!
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RE: Ditching Cable For Hulu

Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:11 am

Depending on where you live, you might be very surprised at what you can get now with an antennae. For free. I am like the other poster, we don't watch much and don't want the kids watching much. We get nearly 60 stations over the air, maybe 10-15 of them interesting and 1-2 on most of the time (MeTV). Beyond that, its all torrents played through the PS3, most shows are available next day. We have enough trouble just streaming Youtube during rush hours, I wouldn't put all my eggs in the Hulu basket.

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RE: Ditching Cable For Hulu

Sun Dec 02, 2012 11:34 pm

Based on my own experience, Netflix + Hulu Plus + Amazon Prime videos (included with Amazon Prime, which I use extensively for the 2-day shipping) + over the air programming via antenna is way more than I have time to watch, and I'm most likely to drop Hulu given that the are still ads even though there's a monthly fee. All that plus the Internet is more than enough for me.

I would urge you to try "cutting the cord" - I think you'll be fine and will likely save several hundred dollars per year in so doing. You can always resubscribe to TV if you want.
 
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RE: Ditching Cable For Hulu

Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:29 am

Quoting PHLwok (Reply 3):
and I'm most likely to drop Hulu given that the are still ads even though there's a monthly fee

  

Also, there's a bunch of shows they refuse to stream over a console (calling them "web only"). Nothing more than a scam, IMO.

But still far better than the ripoff that is cable.
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RE: Ditching Cable For Hulu

Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:00 am

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 4):


Also, there's a bunch of shows they refuse to stream over a console (calling them "web only"). Nothing more than a scam, IMO.

But still far better than the ripoff that is cable.

Yup. I just don't see enough of a benefit of Hulu Plus over free Hulu - I won't stop using it completely if I drop the free subscription. But I do use Netflix & Amazon video heavily on my iPad.

Also, many TV networks have console/mobile device streaming apps with free content delayed several days from the original airdate. While there's often not tons of content in them, this is another potential source of some content if you're trying to stay current on current shows.

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