Post # 1
My husband and I have been talking about ditching the cable for a couple of years, and finally actually did it. I’m going to miss my DVR, but we just didn’t watch enough tv to really justify the cost.
We already have a Netflix streaming subscription, but I’m also considering Hulu Plus. For those of you who have used it, is it worth the cost? Is there something else you would suggest instead?
Our main concern is being able to watch our favorite network shows. We know we can watch them over the air, but if we aren’t at home, how long do we have to wait to watch them on Hulu?
Any cable-less bees with advice on where to get our tv fix please chime in!
Post # 3
I use HuluPlus and so far it’s been worth it for us because we like to see a series all at once. I think on regular Hulu, you get the last 5 episodes or so, but with HuluPlus, i’m watching the entire season at the same time. There isn’t that many good shows on HuluPlus right now, but I generally use it for broadcast channel shows that I didn’t dvr during the regular season.
Post # 4
I have netflix and a roku player. I think it’s totally worth the $7.99. We use it all the time, plus roku has a bunch of free movie channels (you’re not getting new releases, but the movies are ok). I have been on the fence about getting Hulu Plus, mainly because I’m cheap. Either way, I highly suggest the Roku, that way you don’t have to hook your computer up to the tv.
Post # 5
My fiance and I did the same thing a couple of years ago. Most of the shows we watch on Hulu Plus can be viewed the day after they air. You can also get some shows through Amazon Prime if you have an account.
Post # 6
@SoupyCat: Okay, that’s good to know. With Hulu Plus, how soon after the episode airs can you watch it? Also, other than being able to watch more shows at once, is there really any other difference between Hulu and Hulu Plus?
Post # 7
We went this route in the spring. Certain network shows are on the next day but not all shows make it to Hulu plus. You can sign up for a free week to see what they have and look online on hulu’s site. A lot of shows I used to watch aren’t available on Hulu. We still have both Netflix and Hulu because we use a roku box to stream and I hate watching shows on my laptop. Honestly, both are only $8 a month or so which is way cheaper than cable and I’ve been able to cut down my tv viewing considerably.
Post # 8
I looove our Netflix. We also have Hulu but only really watch the Daily Show on there- the commericals are more annoying than real televison’s.
Post # 9
@MrsBot: Good to know! And we do have Amazon Prime too. I totally forgot about that.
Post # 10
@LemonJack: I believe it’s 24 hours after the broadcast.
Post # 11
I do this! I absolutely love using Netflix + Hulu Plus instead of cable. Network shows are usually available for streaming the next day and many shows have entire past seasons available for streaming.
The only thing that I really miss about cable is the sports. Most major sporting events (except baseball I think) aren’t available through streaming.
Post # 12
We did this and don’t regret the decision. We went from spending $180.00 a month on cable and high speed internet to $70.00 for just basic cable and high speed internet (still too much in my opinion). We added Hulu Plus and Netflix through our Xbox.
Post # 13
Thanks for all of the suggestions! I have one more question…we have both a Wii and a PS3 which we use to stream Netflix, so I’m assuming we can stream Hulu through those as well, correct? We can use an HDMI cord if necessary, but I’d hate to have to lug the computer around every time I wanted to watch tv in another room.
Post # 14
I LOVE my Netflix. I’d keep the streaming service even if they raised the prices a bit, honestly. I never run out of things to watch.
Post # 15
I have Netflix and Hulu Plus with no cable.
And for show I want to watch that aren’t on either I watch Amazon Instant Video. Breaking Bad, HIMYM, all of it shows up the same night in aires. Even paying 1.99/episode, it still is WAY cheaper than cable.
Post # 16
I was thinking of doing this our bill is about 200/month for direct tv, internet, and a phone. BS in my opinion. The only channel i truly care about is HGTV! Does anyone know if this is included with HULU? I would love to get rid of that huge bill especially with winter heating costs creeping up.