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.

CBS Fall 2014 Schedule Prediction

CBS Fall 2014 Schedule Prediction

Canceled: Friends With Better Lives, Hostages, Intelligence, The Crazy Ones, and The Mentalist.
Mid-season: Comedy: Cuz-Bros, More Time With Family, Save the Date; Drama: Battle Creek, Red Zone and Untitled CSI Spin-Off Project.

Mondays (September – October)
8:00pm The Big Bang Theory
8:30pm How I Met Your Dad (NEW)
9:00pm 2 Broke Girls
9:30pm Mom
10:00pm Person of Interest

Mondays (November)
8:00pm 2 Broke Girls
8:30pm How I Met Your Dad (NEW)
9:00pm Mike and Molly
9:30pm Mom
10:00pm Person of Interest

Due to CBS getting the rights to 8 Thursday Night Football games CBS has said that The Big Bang Theory will start out its season on Mondays and move to Thursdays in November. The only logical place for it I think would be at 8 because CBS could use it to help How I Met Your Dad or any new sitcom at 8:30 do better. Then in November 2 Broke Girls could be moved to 8 and hopefully be a good lead-in like TBBT. At 9 in September I would schedule 2 Broke Girls and when it moves to 8 in November the new season of Mike and Molly would begin. Mom would air all season at 9:30. To round out the night Person of Interest would be put at 10 and hopefully do better than the shows CBS tried this season.

Tuesdays
8:00pm NCIS
9:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles
10:00pm Scorpion (NEW)

2 hours of NCIS is fine for Tuesdays and should remain that way. Putting NCIS: New Orleans at 10 I think would be too much. So I would schedule Scorpion instead.

Wednesdays
8:00pm Survivor
9:00pm NCIS: New Orleans (NEW)
10:00pm Criminal Minds

Survivor will most likely remain on Wednesdays at 8. CBS should move CSI to a new night and move Criminal Minds from 9 to 10. Then at 9 I would like to see the new NCIS spin-off.

Thursdays (September – October)
8:00pm Thursday Night Football

Thursdays (November)
8:00pm The Big Bang Theory
8:30pm The Odd Couple (NEW)
9:00pm Two and a Half Men
9:30pm The Millers
10:00pm Elementary

The Big Bang Theory will return to Thursdays in November and I think it should be used to launch another new show. The Odd Couple I think sounds like the most promising CBS sitcom pilot to me and Matthew Perry starring in it doesn’t hurt. Two and a Half Men would remain at 9 and The Millers would be moved from 8:30 to 9:30. Elementary should probably stay put at 10. Seems like a solid Thursday night line-up to me.

Fridays
8:00pm Undercover Boss
9:00pm Hawaii Five-0
10:00pm Blue Bloods

Friday would remain the same as it was last fall.

Sundays
7:00pm 60 Minutes
8:00pm The Amazing Race
9:00pm CSI
10:00pm The Good Wife

60 Minutes has always aired Sundays at 7 so I know it won’t be moved. The Amazing Race probably won’t get moved either. Due to The Mentalist looking like it will be canceled this season I would move The Good Wife from 9 to 10. Sunday night at 9 is a good spot for an aging drama like CSI and most likely will do fine no matter what night it airs.

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