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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NBC Fall 2014 Schedule Prediction

NBC Fall 2014 Schedule Prediction

Canceled: Believe, Crisis, Dracula and Revolution.
Mid-season: Reality: The Biggest Loser; Comedy: Bad Judge, Community, Lifesaver; Drama: Hannibal, Parenthood and Salvation.

Mondays
8:00pm The Voice
10:00pm The Blacklist

I left Mondays the same because NBC has been in disarray for years and needs to have a night that just works and gets good ratings.

Tuesdays
8:00pm The Voice
9:00pm The Pro (NEW)
9:30pm Tooken (NEW)
10:00pm Chicago Fire

Currently About a Boy and Growing Up Fisher are doing pretty good from 9 to 10 right now and NBC should try to use that time to launch two more sitcoms this fall. Out of the sitcom pilots NBC has to choose from The Pro sounds quite promising and Tooken has already been picked up for 13 episodes and I figure that would lead to it being scheduled in the fall. The Voice results show and Chicago Fire are fine where they are and you shouldn’t mess with success.

Wednesdays
8:00pm Emerald City (NEW)
9:00pm Law and Order: SVU
10:00pm Chicago PD

The 8 o’clock hour needs something new because Revolution isn’t working and I predict it will be canceled. Emerald City is all about The Wizard of Oz book series and NBC needs something similar to Once Upon a Time. Since NBC has picked up Emerald City for 10 episodes I’m confident it will get a fall time-slot. The 9 to 11 slots are all set and Law and Order: SVU and Chicago PD fit good together.

Thursdays
8:00pm About a Boy
8:30pm Growing Up Fisher
9:00pm Mr. Robinson (NEW)
9:30pm Parks and Recreation
10:00pm The Slap (NEW)

Last year NBC was confident that the Michael J. Fox Show and Sean Saves the World would be the saviors for Thursday night but they failed fairly quick. About a Boy and Growing Up Fisher have been doing pretty good on Tuesday nights and I think could be used to prop up the night this fall. Mr. Robinson is a pilot that was given a 6 episode pick up by NBC and seems like it would fit well on Thursdays. I moved Parks and Recreation to 9:30 because 30 Rock did well there for years and they are similar in style. The Slap is an interesting sounding show and who knows it might be extended past an 8 episode mini-series if it does well.

Fridays
8:00pm Dateline NBC
9:00pm Constantine (NEW)
10:00pm Grimm

Dateline has been on at 8 for years and most likely won’t be going anywhere. Constantine is a superhero show and based on a comic book series by DC comics. I don’t know how well it will be received due to the fiasco that was Heroes. Grimm does well on Friday nights and might get slid down an hour to 10.

Sundays
7:00pm Sunday Night Football (Fall) Dateline NBC (Mid-season)
9:00pm Parenthood (Mid-season)
10:00pm Salvation (Mid-season, NEW)

Shows on Sunday nights don’t really start until Football season ends. I think Parenthood will be renewed for a 13 episode final season. Salvation is family drama and might be a good replacement for Parenthood.

Next Monday, May 12th, NBC will have their upfront presentation in the morning and I will be able to see how close I was.

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