I’ve gotten very spoiled by Hulu. They make is possible for me to not subscribe to cable (or even have an over-the-air antenna, for that matter), yet keep watching TV, while enduring only a fraction of the commercials–all for free. The normal downsides of requiring a computer and watching a day later aren’t really issues for me. I usually always have a computer nearby, and, with a newborn, watching anything uninterrupted is a rarity.
This is what makes Hulu Plus a hard sell: Paying for TV and still having to watch ads. But, there was the perfect storm of vaca w/o laptop or wifi, Hulu Plus offering free trial week, and a couple show backlogs. So, I decided to give it a shot.
What isn’t immediately clear until you sign up for Hulu Plus, is that not all shows that are available on Hulu are available on your device (iPhone in my case), dealbreakers for me were: Psych, Fringe, and Chuck.
Aside from all the shenanigans with the subscription costs and ads, the app itself was a little buggy. It outright crashed a handful of times, and often I would have sections of a show pause, buffer, repeat from about 15 seconds, and then pause at the same place again. These could have been related to the 3G connection instead of wifi, but that’s really no excuse. The plus side of the bugginess is that the ads rarely worked either.
Oh, and on an iPhone 3GS, the Hulu Plus app doesn’t allow output to TV via Apple AV cable.
Bottom line: With limited device content, bugginess, no TV out, and adverts, still not worth the reduced cost of $8/mo.