Did you miss Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live this weekend? Want to see Jon Stewart’s latest rant? Have you always wanted to watch Lost from beginning to end? Want to catch up on your favorite soaps? Check out the shows on Hulu Plus.
Whether you’re looking for ways to cut your cable TV bill or want to supplement your viewing selections, you should check out Hulu Plus. Hulu Plus is a subscription streaming service with a large library of TV shows and some movies. A free version of the service, called Hulu, is also available with a more limited library.
What Is Hulu Plus
Hulu Plus is a video subscription service that brings TV series and movies to your computer, TV and mobile devices.
Here’s a video from Hulu Plus telling you all about the service:
Hulu vs Hulu Plus
If you like to watch your TV shows and movies for free, you should check out Hulu, the Lite version of Hulu Plus. Hulu is a free service that provides TV shows and movies on your computer. Hulu+ is a paid video subscription service that allows you to watch content from a larger video library and watch it on your TV or mobile device, as well as on your computer, for $7.99/month.
Hulu has a more limited library than Hulu Plus, showing only the most recent episodes of TV series and fewer movies. The videos on Hulu stream in standard definition while Hulu Plus shows videos in HD where available.
Here’s a video from Hulu about the free Hulu service:
What You Can Watch On Hulu+
Hulu+ features TV series from NBC, ABC, Fox, PBS, Comedy Central, and other networks. Check out shows like 30 Rock, Glee, Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, Grimm, Downton Abbey, Family Guy, Modern Family, The Tudors, and plenty of other hit shows.
Many TV episodes are available on Hulu+ the day after they air on TV. Past episodes of TV shows are also available, often with entire TV series included, such as Lost, The Office, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy and others. Spanish language shows from Univision are also available.
Wondering if Hulu Plus carries your favorite TV shows or movies? You can search through their library on the Hulu Plus website.
Note that due to the messy and complex nature of digital rights, not all shows are available on all devices.
Kids’ shows are aired ad-free on Hulu+ and include series from PBS, Nickelodeon and others. Check out Sponge Bob Squarepants, King Fu Panda, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thomas the Tank Engine, Caillou, Care Bears and Bob the Builder.
All My Children and One Life to Live
The formerly defunct daytime series All My Children and One Life to Live will be resurrected this spring and available to watch on both Hulu and Hulu Plus.
Hulu and Hulu Plus also carry the latest episodes of Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.
Hulu+ also offers original series such as Up to Speed, Battleground, Rev., The Booth at the End, and Spoilers with Kevin Smith.
How to Watch Hulu Plus
You can watch Hulu Plus on your computer, TV or mobile devices.
You can watch Hulu and Hulu Plus directly on the Internet by visiting the Hulu website or by downloading the Hulu Desktop player. Both methods will let you watch Hulu shows, but the player will give you added controls.
You can watch Hulu Plus on your TV using a(n):
- gaming device such as a Wii, XBox 360, or PlayStation 3
- set-top box such as a Roku or AppleTV
- Internet-enabled TV or DVD player
- TiVo Premier
You can watch Hulu Plus on your smartphone or tablet using the Hulu+ app for:
- iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at the iTunes App Store
- Android devices at Google Play
- Kindle Fire and Android devices at the Amazon Appstore
- Microsoft Surface at the Windows Store
A complete list of Hulu Plus enabled devices can be found at the Hulu Plus website.
Hulu+ vs. Netflix vs. Amazon
For a detailed comparison of the three major video streaming services, check out Netflix Instant vs. Hulu Plus vs. Amazon Instant Video from Digital Trends.
To keep the subscription price at $7.99, Hulu Plus runs limited advertisements during some shows. Kids shows, PBS series and some other shows are ad-free.
The number of ads is much smaller than watching on-air television. But if you prefer to fast-forward over ads on your DVR, watching even a minimum number of ads may be be annoying to you. Or, you may be the type of person who doesn’t mind ads and prefers a snack break or is eager to see commercials.
When I watched Hulu Plus through the website on my computer, I was given a choice to watch one of two or three different ads, which made me feel a bit better about the ads I was watching. You can also tailor the ads to your preferences in your Profile Settings.
Hulu and Hulu Plus are available in the US and Japan. You can find out more about watching in Japan at the Hulu Japan website. Due to the complexity of international digital rights laws, Hulu and Hulu Plus are not available outside the US.
Hulu Plus is available for a free trial, after which the service costs $7.99/month. If you go to the website to sign up, you will get one week free trial. If you use a friend’s referral link, you and your friend will each get two weeks free (up to 52 weeks for your friend). You can sign up for Hulu using my referral link or, if you’re a Hulu Plus subscriber, leave your referral link in the Comments section below for Wonder of Tech readers to use.
Check out Hulu and Hulu Plus for the latest TV episodes, series, movies, kids’ shows, soaps, original content and more!
Have you checked out Hulu or Hulu Plus? Are you looking for a way to save money on your cable bill? Have you ever missed a TV episode and wished you could go back in time? Are you excited for the return of All My Children and One Life to Live? Let us know in the Comments section below!