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Old 09-01-2011, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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I thought the quality was fine. It was the quantity (availability of movies or shows that I wanted to watch) that was crap. Now they want people to pay for the lack of content.
That was my problem with Netflix and Hulu. They would offer what they wanted you to view. Generally, films I'd seen a couple of years earlier.

There's other places with better content.
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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How is the quality of Hulu? When I tied it a while ago, it was crap.
The quality is fine.

They are a business, and like any business to stay running they need to show a profit. Most of their stuff is free.

They do have a subscription service which has a bit more content.

Some network shows are offered on Hulu the day after they 'air'. But some are only available to paying customers.

I do not pay.
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Old 09-01-2011, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I agree Hulu quality is good.
Sometimes I attach the laptop to the TV to watcha show we may have missed.
The difference between Hulu and Plus is Plus has the entire season. Hulu only has like the last 3 or 5 episodes. And with Plus you can stram to the PS3 and other stuff.
I don't pay for it either but if I ditched cable, I probably would.
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Old 09-01-2011, 09:00 AM
 
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Glad to hear back that the quality is good. I don't watch TV shows much... mostly because of lack of time and inconsistent schedule. I keep saying I'll get a DVR but never have. Last time I tried HULU, they were offering only 2-channel sound and I could see compression artifacts on my TV (less visible on my laptop). My TV felt underutilized.

I'll try it out again tonight. :-)
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Old 09-01-2011, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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I lived without a TV for 4 months. Plenty of content available, Hulu, Netflix, Video Podcasts, News Sites
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Old 09-01-2011, 11:27 AM
 
Location: DFW
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Assuming you have an HDTV:

Connect the computer to the TV via the monitor cable as if the TV were a monitor

Connect the audio port to the audio in port in the TV

Now play whatever video on the computer and have it displayed on the TV.
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:15 PM
 
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Default I'm glad you asked this question, we're thinking of getting rid of our cable TV service.. and using Roku...

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My configuration to use the internet for TV and no cable TV is with a Roku, a DLNA compliant device. Roku comes in three products, XD, XS, and X/DS, you can compare at their website. Roku will off some news channels (CNN International Al Jazeera, RT - russion. France - in english), Netflix, Hulu, and other programming (mostly useless to me). Most of the offerings on Roku will require additional subscriptions to view (Netflix, Hulu, etc). There is no subscription to Roku, your purchase satisfies that. The Roku plugs from your Internet modem (or router) by CAT5 and to your TV by HDMI or WiFi. If you have an XBox360, Playstation3 or other DLNA compliant device then you will NOT need a Roku.

I then discovered PlayOn, which is an application for computer that will interface with your DNLA device, to view on your TV. Those devices with which PlayOn will work are listed at the PlayOn link. PlayOn does have an annual subscription fee of $20 and a one time setup of $20. PlayOn provides a WIDE variety of scripts which you add to a 'Script' folder within the PlayOn application on your computer. These scripts range from news to usual TV programming to movies to YouTube to your own media on your PC. Bear in mind, this is not as easy as flipping the channel on your cable remote. It does take practice and effort to learn and to maintain. Most PlayOn scripts are free for the taking but some require a 'Gold' subscription, a one time $10. PlayOn also offers a DVR application where you can download programming for viewing later. But even without, I can view most any TV program at my leisure.

On your TV you will use your device remote to start your device (Roku). From that device interface you can choose programming or access the PlayON scripts for that programming.

Review the links, think about it, ask more questions. It's a large and confusing world out there and a load of information to filter. It can take a while to get to a satisfaction point and a couple of times I've almost ditched the setup and gone back to cable/dish. It takes a different attitude and a willingness to persevere. But I read in forums of people who proudly proclaim being cable free for 'some' number of months.

You will need a computer that runs at least about 2Ghz. Your internet pipe needs to be at least 3megs down. My PC is 1.66 Ghz dual core and interent is 10meg down. I'm able to watch the PlayOn script on TV and YouTube on PC at the same time.

The only drawback I recognize is some programming does not display as the HighDef to which we might have become accustomed.

We heard from Radio Shack it was only $89, but that's cheap compared to what we'd pay for cable month after month..
And our cable tv, is basic, and doesn't give us a WHOLE LOT of diffo programs.
Then i think we'll get the Netflix too....

Now, we cannot even see Hulu though, as the internet service, though it's supposed to be broadband is slow.

Can you use just DLS for internet and then get the Roku modem to attach to your computer and see the TV that way?
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Is there a monthly fee for Roku?
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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We heard from Radio Shack it was only $89, but that's cheap compared to what we'd pay for cable month after month..
And our cable tv, is basic, and doesn't give us a WHOLE LOT of diffo programs.
Then i think we'll get the Netflix too....

Now, we cannot even see Hulu though, as the internet service, though it's supposed to be broadband is slow.

Can you use just DSL for internet and then get the Roku modem to attach to your computer and see the TV that way?
Yes, see response in your new thread.

forest beekeeper, no... there is no monthly fee for Roku, purchase price only.
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:26 PM
 
Location: sowf jawja
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The difference between Hulu and Plus is Plus has the entire season.
you also get higher bitrate streams (HD) w/ hulu plus.



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Last time I tried HULU, they were offering only 2-channel sound and I could see compression artifacts on my TV (less visible on my laptop). My TV felt underutilized.
see my answer above ^^^^^^

you need hulu plus to get a good picture; free hulu PQ is much lower. also, they don't have anything above 2-channel audio. it would be nice to have 5.1.
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