Yesterday, Hulu announced the details of their Hulu Plus plan. Of course, being the Internet, it was immediately filled with people saying it was too expensive, not enough content, and that the inclusion of ads was a deal breaker.
You know, on the content end, they are probably right, but that it something that will get better over time. But the price and ads… Think about your cable service if you have it. You pay XX for TV and XX for Internet access. In my case, with Comcast, those prices would be about $50 and $45 respectively (it varies based on the package you get). Personally, due to issues with Comcast not having a DVR capable of letting me record 6 shows at a time and their OnDemand service not having everything I already pay for for free, I kicked the TV part to the curb and just pay for Internet now. At the moment, I torrent, but it means I watch shows a day or two late — minimum (someone has to upload it before I can download it). But if Hulu were to give me access to even half of those shows on a completely OnDemand basis for $10 a month, even with commercials, I’ll take it.
And about those commercials… oddly enough, Ctrl+Alt+Del ran a related comic and rant. Are commercials really that bad? Yeah, sometimes they are annoying, but in general they are informative, about products or shows that might interest me, and then, if I want, I can go buy them. Since switching to torrenting, where they always edit out the commercials, I’ve been missing my advertising. New shows will pop up out of the woodwork and be a few episodes in before I’ve even heard of them (you know, because I don’t spend my time trolling TV Network and entertainment gossip websites). I’ll go to the store and see a product on the shelf and say, “Hey! This is great!” and find out that it’s been available for months, only I’d never seen an ad for it so I didn’t know it existed. And seriously, why is Hulu for $10 with commercials bad but cable TV for $50+ with commercials okay?
Personally, I’m excited. This sort of OnDemand a la carte TV watching is exactly what I want. Sure, torrenting is free, but I’d much rather support the shows I watch in some way AND not have to deal with the annoying limitations of cable TV providers. I just wish the Xbox version wasn’t being delayed to 2011.