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Mar 5, 2011, 07:30 PM
 
I just installed a new Sony Bravia HDTV and one of the Internet video offerings is HuluPlus.

I browsed the HD content on the HuluPlus website and although there is a lot of recent content, the number of HD offerings is paltry. I have a streaming subscription to Netflilx and they also have a somewhat dearth of HD content and most of the shows are old.

I'm not that impressed with HuluPlus nor Netflix.

What do you all think?
     
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Mar 5, 2011, 07:41 PM
 
I cancelled my Hulu Plus subscription after a couple months. They claimed to have all seasons of all the shows they offered, but the reality is vastly different. Also, paying for content and still having to watch adverts pisses me off. I am a big fan of Netflix though, I've never had any issue with their streaming services or DVDs.
     
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Mar 5, 2011, 08:30 PM
 
Originally Posted by imitchellg5 View Post
I cancelled my Hulu Plus subscription after a couple months. They claimed to have all seasons of all the shows they offered, but the reality is vastly different. Also, paying for content and still having to watch adverts pisses me off. I am a big fan of Netflix though, I've never had any issue with their streaming services or DVDs.
I noticed that there are ads on Hulu Plus. Based on that point alone, I probably will take the 1 week free trial and dump it after that. I've never understood the idea of paying for the privilege of watching ads. I am still pissed off about the fact that we have to watch ads on cable TV.

Thanks for the input!
     
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Mar 6, 2011, 12:26 AM
 
I like Netflix. Yes, some of the content is old, but i've found enough all time favorites to keep me entertained. We don't have cable, so for the money it's a no brainer.
     
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Mar 6, 2011, 12:43 PM
 
I don't know if it will work with your TV, but Amazon now offers free video streaming to all Prime account holders. The cost of an Amazon Prime account is roughly the same as the streaming-only NetFlix account, and comes with other benefits as well.
     
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Mar 6, 2011, 07:04 PM
 
Check out the selection for Amazon prime before you buy though, it's pretty tiny (so far?). Also it's only free to paid prime accounts. I got the free "student" prime and no free streaming.
     
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Mar 7, 2011, 12:02 PM
 
Originally Posted by msuper69 View Post
What do you all think?
I think it'd be silly to try to force my opinion on you. The impression I got from your post was that HD is the most important thing. If that's case, nothing will provide that better than a cable/satellite subscription.

Otherwise, I couldn't gather a preference as far as age of programming goes.
     
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Mar 7, 2011, 02:12 PM
 
I love Netflix streaming, and would certainly use it in lieu of cable TV,
     
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Mar 7, 2011, 02:30 PM
 
Netflix - at least in Canada - is pretty sparse when it comes to movies at least. I had the free trial last month and I would say about 60% of the movies where I said "hey, let's go watch that movie!" were unavailable.

I found I ended up using another downloading service (iTunes/Bittorrent) about half-and-half with Netflix. Not as good as my local DVD rental store, although I'm sure it will be around for longer than the next two years.
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Mar 7, 2011, 05:05 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
I think it'd be silly to try to force my opinion on you. The impression I got from your post was that HD is the most important thing. If that's case, nothing will provide that better than a cable/satellite subscription.
Except for some $12 Radio Shack rabbit ears...
     
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Mar 7, 2011, 05:09 PM
 
Originally Posted by nonhuman View Post
Except for some $12 Radio Shack rabbit ears...
Given his complaints about the paltry offerings of Hulu and Netflix, I'm hard pressed to believe a few network television channels will satisfy his desires.
     
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Mar 7, 2011, 05:22 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Given his complaints about the paltry offerings of Hulu and Netflix, I'm hard pressed to believe a few network television channels will satisfy his desires.
But if HD is more important than selection, a regular old antenna (appropriate for your location) and tv with a digital tuner will give you the best picture.
     
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Mar 7, 2011, 05:26 PM
 
A great picture of nothing worth watching doesn't strike me as the winning answer.
     
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Mar 9, 2011, 05:39 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
A great picture of nothing worth watching doesn't strike me as the winning answer.
So the answer is to have hundreds more slightly less great pictures of nothing worth watching?
     
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Mar 9, 2011, 05:41 PM
 
Originally Posted by ShortcutToMoncton View Post
... Not as good as my local DVD rental store, although I'm sure it will be around for longer than the next two years.
The local Blockbuster store is closing here. I think this is the fallout due to all the online streaming services now available.
     
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Mar 9, 2011, 05:42 PM
 
Originally Posted by nonhuman View Post
So the answer is to have hundreds more slightly less great pictures of nothing worth watching?
I don't think there's an answer here. Unless some expectations get lowered.
     
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Mar 9, 2011, 05:45 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Given his complaints about the paltry offerings of Hulu and Netflix, I'm hard pressed to believe a few network television channels will satisfy his desires.
I tried OTA HDTV for about 6 months. Without a decent antenna setup (rabbit ears didn't cut it), OTA is too much trouble. I couldn't get decent reception of the local channels. One of the stations would go blank whenever a car went by.
     
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Mar 9, 2011, 05:46 PM
 
Even though I hate to spend the money, U-verse, ATV and Netflix is the optimal setup for me.
     
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Mar 9, 2011, 05:48 PM
 
Hey, I sympathize. I loathe cable prices, but I find there are times I just want to channel surf and Netflix ends up being giant brain freeze.
     
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Mar 9, 2011, 05:58 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Hey, I sympathize. I loathe cable prices, but I find there are times I just want to channel surf and Netflix ends up being giant brain freeze.
That's why I have a Kindle.
     
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Mar 9, 2011, 06:00 PM
 
What does a kindle have to do with channel surfing?
     
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Mar 9, 2011, 06:04 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
What does a kindle have to do with channel surfing?
Because I have a Kindle, I never feel the need to channel surf.
     
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Does it get FX?
     
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