Why Hulu Plus is Worth $8 a month

Hulu Plus is a video-streaming service that allows you to stream full episodes and clips of TV shows and movies for $8 a month. I don’t watch movies on Hulu Plus just TV shows so I won’t be able to review what the movie variety is like.Hulu Plus logo
Basically when you sign up for Hulu Plus you gain the ability to watch any current season episode of primetime TV shows from most networks excluding CBS. Your favorite shows you like to watch and the day after the new episodes air on traditional TV they will be added to your Queue. I’m not really sure what time they get added although other users say around 5:00am.

The thing I like best about Hulu Plus is that it provides DVR-like access for only $8 a month. A traditional DVR from your local cable provider normally costs somewhere north of $10 a month. I pay $16 a month for mine. I use Hulu Plus to stream my shows from ABC, CW, FOX and NBC and use the DVR from the cable company to record shows that don’t stream. I find using both services together helps me to never miss an episode of one of my favorite shows.

Another thing I like about Hulu Plus is how many places you can watch your shows. They have apps for your tablet, phone, video game console, TV, blu-ray player and media set-top box. You can also stream on hulu.com on your computer. My set-up is PS3 for the living room, Roku streaming box for my bedroom and occasionally on my MacBook Air when the living room TV is in use.

The one thing I find a little annoying about Hulu Plus though is that they have commercials. Now for the most part they aren’t that noticeable on most shows since each commercial break normally only has 2 commercials and are in the same place as if you were watching them on traditional TV. For some odd reason though shows on NBC can have anywhere between 2 to 5 commercials each commercial break. But for $8 a month I’m willing to overlook this one caveat.

For cord-cutters Netflix and Hulu Plus together make for incredible value providing you a vault of older shows, trailing seasons of current shows and access to new episodes of your favorite shows provided they aren’t shows from CBS. You have to use cbs.com to watch The Big Bang Theory. Although CBS has created their own streaming service they don’t have apps for many devices yet.

For anyone who likes to watch TV but doesn’t want to pay for cable, Hulu Plus is a must-have. You get access to many shows you like to watch and can watch them on your time just like a DVR. Watching a commercial here or there is not too big of an issue and they go by very fast anyways. All in all Hulu Plus is great service worth having and makes keeping track of new episodes of your shows a breeze.

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ABC Fall 2014 Schedule Prediction

ABC Fall 2014 Schedule Prediction

Canceled: Betrayal, Mixology, Super Fun Night, The Neighbors and Trophy Wife
Mid-season: Reality: Dancing with the Stars; Comedy: An American Education, Irreversible, Keep It Together, Suburgatory; Drama: Astronaut Wives Club, How to Get Away With Murder, Forever and Warriors.

Mondays
8:00pm The Bachelor (Dancing with the Stars Jan-Mar)
10:00pm Secrets and Lies (NEW)

Mondays I would leave mostly the same with seasons of The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars alternating in the 8 to 10 slot. At 10 I would move Castle to another night to free up the slot for a new drama. I believe Castle will be moved because it will complete its sixth season this month and I doubt it will last to many more seasons. So ABC should start to groom a new show in that slot. Secrets and Lies sounds really interesting and ABC has already picked it up for 10 episodes.

Tuesdays
8:00pm Agents of S.H.I.EL.D.
9:00pm The Whispers (NEW)
10:00pm Castle

Agents of S.H.I.EL.D. is doing well in its current time-slot and most likely will remain at 8 for Season 2. This fall ABC should try a drama at 9 instead of 2 sitcoms like they did this year. Besides if Trophy Wife gets canceled and The Goldbergs, which looks like it will be renewed, returns this fall it can be moved to Wednesdays after The Middle. The Whispers is a new alien sci-fi drama but has an intriguing twist in which the aliens use children to get to the adults. It could possibly do well Tuesdays at 9 I think. Castle’s new night could end up being Tuesdays.

Wednesdays
8:00pm The Middle
8:30pm The Goldbergs
9:00 Modern Family
9:30pm Selfie (NEW)
10:00pm Nashville

The Middle and Modern Family have done well for years in their respective time-slots but nothing else seems to stick at 8:30 and 9:30. I would move The Goldbergs to Wednesdays at 8:30 and see how well it meshes with The Middle. After Modern Family I would try out a new sitcom at 9:30 entitled, “Selfie,” in which a young woman tries to live offline with the help of her marketing guru. It is loosely based on My Fair Lady. It seems like it would do well with today’s viewers.

Thursdays
8:00pm The Winklers (NEW)
8:30pm Saint Francis (NEW)
9:00pm Grey’s Anatomy
10:00pm Scandal

Instead of trying out a new drama at 8 that would fail like it has for years now I would make a new sitcom hour from 8 to 9. The Winklers sounds really great and not to mention it stars Henry Winkler, better known as The Fonz, and should do quite well. Saint Francis is the only other pilot ABC has that would fit with The Winklers I think. 9 to 11 would remain the same.

Fridays
8:00pm Last Man Standing
8:30pm Fresh Off the Boat (NEW)
9:00pm Shark Tank
10:00pm 20/20

Last Man Standing should remain at 8 and The Neighbors which aired this season at 8:30 will most likely be canceled. So a new sitcom needs to be picked up and put in the Friday 8:30 time-slot. Fresh Off the Boat is about a family of Chinese immigrants living in America in the 1990s who just moved from Washington D.C’s Chinatown to Orlando, FL which has no Chinatown or Chinese culture at all. Sounds really good and I think it could do well. From 9 to 11 Shark Tank and 20/20 would remain the same.

Sundays
7:00pm AFV
8:00pm Once Upon a Time
9:00pm Resurrection
10:00pm Revenge

I would leave Sunday nights alone since it currently does so well and you shouldn’t mess with success.

Fall 2014 Broadcast Network Upfronts

For those of us who watch TV shows on the Broadcast Networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CW) next week is very important due to the Fall 2014 schedules being released to the public in their Upfronts where they show off their plans for the fall. This week I will be giving my predictions for the fall schedules and next week I will post how right or wrong I was.

Broadcast Network Upfronts dates:

Monday May 12th, 2014

NBC Morning
FOX Afternoon

Tuesday May 13th, 2014

ABC Afternoon

Wednesday May 14th, 2014

CBS Afternoon

Thursday May 15th, 2014

The CW Morning

Shows You Should Be Watching: OUAT Editon

A feature of Tech Plus Things I will be starting is talking about shows I watch that I think you should watch.

Once Upon a Time Title Card

OUAT better known as Once Upon a Time is a show you should be watching. This show centers on Emma Swan, a 28-year-old bail bonds-person, who is found by her now-10-year-old son she had given up for adoption, a boy who believes her to be the missing daughter of Prince Charming and Snow White. When she moves with him to a strange New England town named Storybrooke, where more fairytale characters live under alternate identities, she begins to believe his story.

Once Upon a Time spins new twists upon the fairytale stories you read as a child. I really enjoy this show and like all the twists and turns it has. It will definitely open your eyes to thinking of fairytale characters in a different light. I would elaborate more but that would lead me to giving away too many spoilers, so please check it out if you like action, adventure and fantasy.

Places to watch it: Seasons 1 and 2 are on Netflix and current season 3 episodes are on Hulu Plus.