RunningBest wrote:I am new user to Roku. In my set up I opted for Hulu Plus, thinking it would have the same channel offerings as Hulu. I am frustrated because "Hulu Plus" does not have all the channels as Hulu.
RunningBest wrote: $7.99 for what?! Is there a way to just get Hulu on Roku or will I be a hostage of "Hulu Plus" forever.
I see the need for Hulu+ but, it's would be nice if Hulu+ and Hulu (online) content were the same...
j.m. wrote:What's really frustrating about the ridiculous stance of Hulu and/or the rights owners is the arbitrariness of it. I can (and do) have an HTPC connected to my TV and can watch Hulu on it very easily. Hulu even provides a Windows app that has a 10-foot interface designed for TVs and works with a Media Center remote (or my Harmony). My very capable HTPC is only a little bigger than my cable STB and smaller than my AVR. I put it together using off the shelf components. A custom, integrated HTPC can be even smaller--not Roku small yet but small enough. A laptop with an HDMI out makes iteasy to display Hulu on TV also. Here's the thing: Roku is a computer also and a TV is not much more than a monitor with a tuner. What difference does it make whether I watch on my TV via HTPC or Roku as long as Roku keeps all advertising in place? None, other than the requirement of an HTPC or laptop with HDMI simply imposes a barrier to access that I guess Hulu and/or the content providers like. It is extremely anti-consumer and short-sighted. They should WANT more people to use Roku and similar devices to watch their content because then they will have exact viewership totals and can sell ads and make decisions accordingly.
mkiker2089 wrote:I think it's less dumb than it's wishful thinking. They know they can't logistically block it from TVs since computers make no distinction based on monitor size. They are doing the only next thing they can and block the easy access to the TV.
j.m. wrote:mkiker2089 wrote:I think it's less dumb than it's wishful thinking. They know they can't logistically block it from TVs since computers make no distinction based on monitor size. They are doing the only next thing they can and block the easy access to the TV.
The question is why do they want to block it at all? If they don't want people to be able to watch content through Hulu, then they shouldn't make it available on any device including PC. If they do, then they should make it available on as many devices as possible and solve the issues such as requirement of ad display and adequate price paid for rights through technology and their agreements.
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