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Old 07-08-2011, 04:20 AM   #1  
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I don't see any threads about hulu.Is it good or bad?Just too new to rate?Or no senior forum members have tried it yet?The majority of networks are investors in the service.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:05 AM   #2  
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Youze pays your monies and still get advertisements. There are several levels of the pay scheme as well. The picture quality is not the best.

Not worth my time or money...
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I gave a sub for a present and the people werent happy with it to much. After three months they said the content wasnt there with no movies just tv shows and not many good ones at that. Plus you still have commercials not like normal tv but when watching tv there you would get those 15-30 second ads like on the net during the show.
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Old 07-08-2011, 11:32 AM   #4  
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Youze pays your monies and still get advertisements. There are several levels of the pay scheme as well. The picture quality is not the best.

Not worth my time or money...
I have to Disagree entirely with you. While there are ads, they last a whopping 30 seconds and they even have timers on them. while watching an hour long program you get 3 30 second ads. I pay the large sum of 7.99 a month for hulu+ and thats the highest level of hulu. The only time I feel cheated paying that is when my kids go to watch the Simpsons streaming it through the Xbox and it can only be watched on the PC.

Quality wise its on par with netflix and looks pretty good on any TV set (RPTV, Plasma and LCD) its displayed on in my house. Its obviously not Blu ray but its not DVD either!

The only part I dont disagree with you is the last part, as that is your opinion and your free to have it. To me, Its 7.99 Well Spent!
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:36 AM   #5  
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Thanks Hitachi,I'll give it try soon.Tried netflix but the tv show's weren't what I wanted so I cancelled.
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Old 11-22-2011, 09:16 AM   #6  
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I love watching hulu
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Hulu is a mixed bag. They have a few interesting movies and sometimes they do previews of upcoming TV Shows. I watch a lot of Korean Historical Dramas with sub-titles.
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:53 AM   #8  
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I think Hulu works pretty well. The quality is not as good as DVD in my opinion, much less Blu-ray of course. The commercials I understand, like OTA, the costs need to be covered. Hulu blocks Google TV which I use for most of my internet TV access but I recently bought a Logitech Revue K700 wireless keyboard and paired it with a laptop and it is now easy for me to connect the laptop by HDMI and use that keyboard to access Hulu and the network sites that block Google TV. I mostly use an antenna with TiVo for network TV and therefore don't need those sites often.

I dropped DirecTV and now use an antenna, TiVo, Google TV, PS3, Vudu, Amazon VoD, Hulu, Blu-ray, DVD, D-VHS and find all I could possibly want to watch. After the expense for all of that, I am not sure how much I am saving but surely it all eventually pays off and I am ahead compared to the DirecTV subscription cost.
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:30 PM   #9  
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Chris isn't google tv just another on-demand type service with all the other's included in it?You still pay hulu,vudu,netflix etc fee's?What's the pros and cons?
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Chris isn't google tv just another on-demand type service with all the other's included in it?You still pay hulu,vudu,netflix etc fee's?What's the pros and cons?
No, it is a Smart TV platform available in standalone boxes, some TVs and Blu-ray players. It runs on Android and uses a Chrome browser and various applications, some free, some included, and some available for purchase. The thing that sets it apart from Apple TV or Roku is the browser with keyboard allowing searching and finding videos and programming of interest, not just the predetermined sources by applications used by Apple TV or Roku. Companies initially supporting Google TV were Intel, Sony, Logitech, and Google and recently Vizio, LG, Marvell and Samsung have announced upcoming products.

The product is struggling to find a market and Logitech has lost too much money to continue and has bowed out, Intel is planning a competing product now and is also out of the picture and ARM processors from Marvell and others are going to be used in the next generation products. Despite the rocky start, I love Google TV, it is an important part of my cord cutting. My primary use has been watching public domain movies. Of course I could connect a computer to an HDTV and do the same but this is far less expensive and very tiny.

Hulu and most of the network sites block Google TV and any other little streaming box, they only have rights for PC access from the content owners, I get a message that a traditional computer must be used. To get around that, a DLNA server such as PlayOn can be installed on a computer somewhere in the house and Google TV can stream those blocked sites from the computer using a local network. So far, for those rare instances I want to access a blocked site, I just connect a laptop with HDMI output. Google TV is designed to be used in conjunction with cable or satellite TV and has an HDMI input and a nice guide merging channel information and internet TV. I think that was mostly a red herring to try to appease the cable companies and DirecTV and Dish Network, I chose the box to help with the goal of kissing those services goodbye forever. It does appear to me that most users are using it as designed with cable or satellite and Dish Network even has a nice integration package available to enhance the experience.

In its current state, Google TV is clunky and not pretty at all but I am not much to look either and I am able to make it do precisely what I purchased it to do. I read a lot of whining posts at Google TV Forums, I think people coming from a smart phone or iPad and expecting nice neat applications, not clunky. The Logitech Revue with Intel Atom CE4100 I use is probably best described as an Android tablet without screen with wireless keyboard running software designed to find and view internet TV.
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Here is an article about Intel's upcoming chip designed to be used in smart TV boxes, apparently integrating cable or satellite TV with internet TV access. I will assume it is a more powerful chip than the Intel Atom chips used in the first generation of Google TV products.

http://www.cio.com/article/702439/In..._with_New_Chip

I am still not getting the attraction for using internet TV access along with an expensive monthly cable bill but I guess that is the cable companies' goal. The cable companies were very scared of Google TV and may have contributed greatly to its rocky start by placing roadblocks wherever possible.
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Old 03-21-2012, 02:27 PM   #12  
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I agree with Chris about the GoogleTV and the Revue. I download a lot of content to my 2TB Linkstation and stream it wirelessly to the Revue. It works flawlessly. The Linkstation media server even has onboard BitTorrent download support.

There is a LOT of good content available on the internet (a lot of not-so-good too) and the GoogleTV really helps you find good content.
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I love our Hulu service. It has a great selection of shows both old and new and a growing selection of movies (especially titles from the Criterion collection). I've found myself using my DVR less and less and will probably dump that service, basically paying for Hulu

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Old 04-11-2012, 03:41 AM   #14  
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I purchased the PlayOn/PlayLater software package lifetime license which allows recording of Hulu for later playback and streaming to DLNA clients throughout the house. The one big shortcoming, no FF or REW or time search with streaming but otherwise, I am really happy. There are many other sites available using PlayOn, not just Hulu, including several sites that block Google TV. Recording to a laptop for playback on the road away from a Wi-Fi hookup and recording shows that won't be available for streaming long is the advantage of PlayLater.
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