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Hulu Pros and Cons

By Julie Norman

When we left cable about a year ago we used our Roku box to continue streaming Netflix shows and movies.  We also added Hulu Plus and, eventually, Amazon Prime.  All three channels have their pluses and minuses and together they still cost us less than cable.  We always have something to watch; with cable we'd spend fifteen minutes just flipping through channels.   Hulu Plus was my choice.  Amazon Prime was the BF's.

I originally chose Hulu because it has a huge variety of cooking shows.  It wasn't until after I started trying to watch them that I realized many were only available online.  I could watch very old Emeril Lagasse shows, but man...they were OLD.  They were before BAM!  I kept hunting around though and eventually found this guy: James Reeson and his show, "The Occasional Cook."    It was so interesting!  Each episode actually focused on a unique situation:  camping, a kid's birthday party, etc.   So, while the shows I originally wanted to watch weren't available, there were plenty of new and interesting food shows to find.  One point for Hulu.

We love to watch Comedy Central shows like "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" but, without cable, we have no access to Comedy Central.  No matter! With Hulu we can watch these shows' latest episodes the day after they air.  We never have to miss out on Jon Stewart even though we don't pay the cable company and arm and a leg.  This is also true of network shows like "Blacklist" and "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."  We watch "The Blacklist" when it comes on on Mondays, but we never manage to stay up late enough to watch "The Tonight Show."  Still, on nights when network television is repeats or it's a weekend night and there's nothing on, we can watch an episode of "The Tonight Show" from earlier in the week, or even an episode of "Saturday Night Live," using Hulu Plus.  Another Point for Hulu.

One of my favorite things about Hulu is their large amount of workout shows.  In particular, I love that Hulu gives me access to all 33 Yoga Zone episodes.  Each episode is about 20 minutes.  This means that, if I'm quick, even on much lunch break I can get in a 40 minute yoga workout!  Yoga for Abs parts I and II, Yoga for Strength Training, even Yoga for Fat Burning are all available!  This scores bonus point for Hulu because it means on rainy or cold days I can exercise at home - no gym membership required!

Hulu DOES have one downfall.  It has a tendancy to freeze up in the middle of episodes.  Sometimes you can restart the episode and then it works fine.  Other times (about once a month) we have to completely restart the Roku box.  It's an annoyance for sure. Still, for $7 a month I think Hulu has proven its worth to us.  We can watch our favorite Comedy Central shows, watch lots of inventive shows that we'd otherwise never see and even catch up on late-night shows that we're too tired to stay up and watch during the week.

If you're considering cutting the cable cord, do it! There are so many ways to watch what you want when you want without cable.

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