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(Mashable)   Cancel your weekend plans: Hulu to give free access to their Criterion Collection films all weekend   (mashable.com) divider line 57
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2013-02-15 10:43:46 AM
Got dammit, I picked the wrong weekend to go out of town.
 
2013-02-15 10:51:40 AM
But are they doubling the ads?
 
2013-02-15 10:56:25 AM
Their Criterion Collection sucks!
 
2013-02-15 10:57:03 AM
Meh.  We have Hulu Plus and I haven't ever been very impressed with it.
 
2013-02-15 11:03:33 AM
Sweet, people will be able to watch Salò for free.
 
2013-02-15 11:09:05 AM
Now if they could only give me access to the tv shows I like...

Hulu is an excellent idea with horrible implementation.
 
2013-02-15 11:21:26 AM

A_Listless_Wanderer: Now if they could only give me access to the tv shows I like...

Hulu is an excellent idea with horrible implementation.


Just out of curiosity, what do you think would improve Hulu?
 
2013-02-15 11:26:41 AM
If they include advertisements, I'd much rather just spend the money to get the DVD myself.

/I bet they aren't even going to show any of the special features either
 
2013-02-15 11:28:18 AM
Too bad this is a rare weekend I actually have plans..

I just noticed Solaris (the 70s version) is one of the included films.  I loved the book, but can't imagine it would translate to film very well at all.  Anyone watch this?
 
2013-02-15 11:28:53 AM
looks like a bunch of art films. Pass.
 
2013-02-15 11:30:13 AM

brap: Got dammit, I picked the wrong weekend to go out of town.


and to stop sniffing glue.
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2013-02-15 11:32:05 AM

brap: Got dammit, I picked the wrong weekend to go out of town.


You can get a free trial of hulu plus some weekend when you're going to be home.
 
2013-02-15 11:44:53 AM

Erix: Too bad this is a rare weekend I actually have plans..

I just noticed Solaris (the 70s version) is one of the included films.  I loved the book, but can't imagine it would translate to film very well at all.  Anyone watch this?


I've tried several times.  The film is something like 3 1/2 hours long and features looooooooooonnnnnnng static shots.  Don't even try watching it if you're on cold medication/drinking. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
 
2013-02-15 11:54:49 AM
Don't touch my farkin Criterions!
 
2013-02-15 12:07:33 PM
Fark Hulu Plus. Aside from their commercials, it constantly buffers. Most of the time it comes back after a few seconds, but their are plenty of times I have to reload the movie to get it working again. It's not my wi-fi either. Netflix works fine as does my iPod and PC.
 
2013-02-15 12:10:27 PM

A_Listless_Wanderer: Now if they could only give me access to the tv shows I like...

Hulu is an excellent idea with horrible implementation.


Blame the studios for that, they don't want anyone else making money off their shows, that's the same reason they are pissing all over Netflix.
 
2013-02-15 12:11:37 PM

Erix: Too bad this is a rare weekend I actually have plans..

I just noticed Solaris (the 70s version) is one of the included films.  I loved the book, but can't imagine it would translate to film very well at all.  Anyone watch this?


Excelent.  It is slow building and long but well worth it.
 
2013-02-15 12:13:10 PM
Have commercials or pay a fee, not both.

If you have commercials, have more than one that is constantly repeated.  And use the original commercial breaks.
 
2013-02-15 12:19:57 PM

Doctor Fegg: Have commercials or pay a fee, not both.

If you have commercials, have more than one that is constantly repeated.  And use the original commercial breaks.


So much this^^^!! Too many times they just stick the commercials in at a set time, whether the episode was set up that way or not, and they seem to love repeating the same three commercials until you want to commit violence on someone.
 
2013-02-15 12:23:37 PM
Great! I can watch high brow films such as The Rock and Armageddon, just in time for the near miss asteroid!

/Still have no idea how Michael Bay films are on their list.
 
2013-02-15 12:32:57 PM
I stopped watching Hulu and let my Hulu Plus subscription lapse because of ads. They never bothered me, I'd usually just let them play. Especially since each blackout would be three times as long as the ad itself, so it made no sense to let adblock run. The interface changed though and nothing seemed to work right anymore. 70% of the time, the video won't load (frames load funky, no video...refresh 5 or 6 times and it'd finally work). Further, No matter what I do, I get 1.5-3 minute black out for each break instead of the 15 or 20 second commercial. Adblock says it's off, but Hulu's interface apparently can't tell. Pity. I used to really like the service.
 
2013-02-15 01:20:30 PM

Saiga410: Erix: Too bad this is a rare weekend I actually have plans..

I just noticed Solaris (the 70s version) is one of the included films.  I loved the book, but can't imagine it would translate to film very well at all.  Anyone watch this?

Excelent.  It is slow building and long but well worth it.


Yeah, I loved it too, but the pacing makes 2001: A Space Odyssey seem like an action flick.
 
2013-02-15 01:34:31 PM
I really hoped I would never be able to watch this with commercials.

static.guim.co.uk
 
2013-02-15 01:51:52 PM
Get back to me when they include The Lathe of Heaven
 
2013-02-15 02:21:58 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: Sweet, people will be able to watch Salò for free.


Uh, yeah, I'm 0 for 2 in getting through that thing.  That's one sick movie.

/oh, and the Criterion movies do not have commercials on Hulu
//they do have streaming issues more often than Netflix - and their interface sucks
///but instant access to the dozen best Kurosawa films = pure awesomeness
 
2013-02-15 02:35:24 PM

rugman11: A_Listless_Wanderer: Now if they could only give me access to the tv shows I like...

Hulu is an excellent idea with horrible implementation.

Just out of curiosity, what do you think would improve Hulu?


better content. I cant stand the "Hulu only has XYZ ans Netflix only has ABC"

all that does is keep me away from all the services.
 
2013-02-15 02:55:53 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

/still Netflix for me
//had a roommate who had Hulu Plus; annoying as hell, flashbacks to Real Player
 
2013-02-15 03:00:03 PM

LemSkroob: rugman11: A_Listless_Wanderer: Now if they could only give me access to the tv shows I like...

Hulu is an excellent idea with horrible implementation.

Just out of curiosity, what do you think would improve Hulu?

better content. I cant stand the "Hulu only has XYZ ans Netflix only has ABC"

all that does is keep me away from all the services.


They're kind of two different services, though.  Hulu specializes in new content (though they have some older content as well) while Netflix specializes in older content.  I think they're meant more to complement each other.

It is true, though, that the streaming services are going to be increasingly looking to exclusive content to distinguish themselves from each other (see Amazon's recent deal with Downton Abbey).
 
2013-02-15 03:18:12 PM
I have a bunch of Criterion on LaserDisc!
 
2013-02-15 03:24:00 PM

Whatthefark: Fark Hulu Plus. Aside from their commercials, it constantly buffers. Most of the time it comes back after a few seconds, but their are plenty of times I have to reload the movie to get it working again. It's not my wi-fi either. Netflix works fine as does my iPod and PC.


Mine works fine. Try again.
 
2013-02-15 03:44:30 PM
Most of the Criterion Collection is a bunch of movies only New York Film School dropouts like.  There are a few great ones like Seven Samurai, but those are the exception.
 
2013-02-15 03:49:37 PM
I tired Hulu Plus for a few weeks and liked it through my AppleTV - but I don't watch enough TV to justify the subscription. That, and the commercials suck too.
 
2013-02-15 03:55:59 PM

Erix: Too bad this is a rare weekend I actually have plans..

I just noticed Solaris (the 70s version) is one of the included films.  I loved the book, but can't imagine it would translate to film very well at all.  Anyone watch this?


I started watching it when I was 22.  I'm 44 now and it's almost over.
 
2013-02-15 04:01:24 PM
"We've traveled near and far,
with Swamis, Geshesias, Thugs, and Czars,
in planes and boats, and submarines.
We've sailed from Liverpool to Queens,
we're even in Qatar, or wherever you people go!
We all adore Francois Truffaut!"
 
2013-02-15 04:22:49 PM
All I know is that I will be Chapling all weekend long.

/finger mustache with left hand, twirling imaginary cane with right
 
2013-02-15 06:02:49 PM
Gee, thanks, Hulu for the Valentine's day present.

GF's on the rag, dad died last week and I've spent the whole week with paperwork up to my eyeballs.

I do think a good screening of Eraserhead is just what I need right now. That and some rusty razorblades.

C*nts.
 
2013-02-15 07:17:10 PM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: [upload.wikimedia.org image 213x300]

/still Netflix for me
//had a roommate who had Hulu Plus; annoying as hell, flashbacks to Real Player


THERE IS A DANCE
 
2013-02-15 07:21:23 PM

Dancis_Frake: Gee, thanks, Hulu for the Valentine's day present.

GF's on the rag, dad died last week and I've spent the whole week with paperwork up to my eyeballs.

I do think a good screening of Eraserhead is just what I need right now. That and some rusty razorblades.

C*nts.


I recommend some upbeat films, like:

Brazil
The Bicycle Thief
Che
Le Cercle Rouge
Ran
The Bad Sleep Well
M
The Seventh Seal
 
2013-02-15 07:38:47 PM
Is this a joke?  It's not April Fool's Day.  I've never even heard of 1/2 those movies and it looks like all of them were made before I was even born.
 
2013-02-15 07:41:21 PM

MrHappyRotter: Is this a joke?  It's not April Fool's Day.  I've never even heard of 1/2 those movies and it looks like all of them were made before I was even born.


A lot of them are subtitled too!!  I DON'T LIKE READING MOVIES!
 
2013-02-15 07:50:35 PM
Hmm. I dont mind the ads. Hear me out on this- I watch 99.9% of shows online, and for most of the time, its okay. I get it- bandwidth costs money. However, and I am looking right at you cbs- dont decide that i need 4 commercials and make them all the same back to back to back to back to I am not ever going to buy what the sponsor is trying to sell me as I get sick the stupid jingles / music, etc. Not that I was going to buy a ms surface or switch to verizon or buy a dodge truck anyhow, but still.
For Hulu, for most shows I watch there ( I highly recommend "the booth at the end" hulu only, 2 seasons of 5 eps made by Hulu ) I have an option of normal commercial breaks, or all up front. I can dig that.
I wish more networks followed that model, and also those that have shows on hulu- if you are only going to offer clips on your network and on hulu- just.stop.it. It wont drive me to itunes to buy it, it drives me to , ahem, alternative sources where i dont see a single ad.

end rant
 
2013-02-15 07:50:53 PM
or
You could go outside every once in awhile.
/jk. netflix user
 
2013-02-15 09:00:36 PM

MrHappyRotter: Is this a joke?  It's not April Fool's Day.  I've never even heard of 1/2 those movies and it looks like all of them were made before I was even born.


you should probably stick to farking those michael bay chicken cloacas
 
2013-02-15 09:05:40 PM

Leader O'Cola: MrHappyRotter: Is this a joke?  It's not April Fool's Day.  I've never even heard of 1/2 those movies and it looks like all of them were made before I was even born.

you should probably stick to farking those michael bay chicken cloacas


I can type random words into a sentence three
 
2013-02-16 02:08:59 AM
I have Netflix and Hulu both. I prefer Netflix because Hulu doesn't have bookmarking so I can't leave a show and return later without having to fast forward, watch commercial, fast forward, watch commercial, etc until I find where I was. The buffering used to be horrendous on Hulu (never had a problem with Netflix) and the buffering only got better when I went to the highest speed interwebz available. Hulu requires a very good speed for their player. Hulu is just a giant pain in the ass most of the time but I'm fairly patient. I adore Netflix though but I'm also 6 months behind on all television and movie so there's that...
I've nearly cancelled Hulu multiple times but its only a few bucks a month.
 
2013-02-16 02:51:00 AM
The Ruling Class and The Seventh Seal both look interesting, not sure how I haven't seen them before. The rest looks kinda meh, I'm sure there are some gems though it looks like some art douche at Hulu wanted to have an obscurity contest with his art school buddy.

None of the movies I went in there looking for are there. There are only a few real classics, after that it's just a crap load of foreign films.

This is why I hate the online streaming sites... they only have movies you kinda want to see, or regret watching later...  they are only interested in volume of media not in quality.
 
2013-02-16 03:12:01 AM

powerplantgirl: I have Netflix and Hulu both. I prefer Netflix because Hulu doesn't have bookmarking so I can't leave a show and return later without having to fast forward, watch commercial, fast forward, watch commercial, etc until I find where I was. The buffering used to be horrendous on Hulu (never had a problem with Netflix) and the buffering only got better when I went to the highest speed interwebz available. Hulu requires a very good speed for their player. Hulu is just a giant pain in the ass most of the time but I'm fairly patient. I adore Netflix though but I'm also 6 months behind on all television and movie so there's that...
I've nearly cancelled Hulu multiple times but its only a few bucks a month.


I hope the folks who run these channels read this thread- its worth a lot of market research labour, imho.
And your bio field has a dead link. Not the buy me stuff, mind you, the one in the bio field. And make up a fake name. All are not as honest or non stalky as I am. Just sayin because I do like your pictures thing, esp bear spit, as the bear is seeming to say- okay guys, I have sat here for hours, dont you have enough shots ?
tc and thanks for sharing those shots, and keep taking pics- please.
 
2013-02-16 03:16:53 AM
Im watching the Cars that ate Paris. Is an Aussie film, kinda horror, kinda suspense ala hills have eyes.
The music is worth it, and makes me wish that it was riffed by mst3k. Good film
 
2013-02-16 03:58:55 AM

alienated: powerplantgirl: I have Netflix and Hulu both. I prefer Netflix because Hulu doesn't have bookmarking so I can't leave a show and return later without having to fast forward, watch commercial, fast forward, watch commercial, etc until I find where I was. The buffering used to be horrendous on Hulu (never had a problem with Netflix) and the buffering only got better when I went to the highest speed interwebz available. Hulu requires a very good speed for their player. Hulu is just a giant pain in the ass most of the time but I'm fairly patient. I adore Netflix though but I'm also 6 months behind on all television and movie so there's that...
I've nearly cancelled Hulu multiple times but its only a few bucks a month.

I hope the folks who run these channels read this thread- its worth a lot of market research labour, imho.
And your bio field has a dead link. Not the buy me stuff, mind you, the one in the bio field. And make up a fake name. All are not as honest or non stalky as I am. Just sayin because I do like your pictures thing, esp bear spit, as the bear is seeming to say- okay guys, I have sat here for hours, dont you have enough shots ?
tc and thanks for sharing those shots, and keep taking pics- please.


Thanks! I'll get new pics added! I'll get the bio changed too. Honestly hadn't looked at it in probably a year!

:)

I've seen some of the boards on Hulus own site about FAQs and things that need work and I've yet to see an actual Hulu rep address these issues publicly. When I email them I get the stock, "thanks for your inquiry regarding your Internet speed. Have you considered turning it off and then turning it on again? If not please see our FAQs."
I'm starting to think no one actually works there...
 
2013-02-16 05:28:09 AM

powerplantgirl: I've seen some of the boards on Hulus own site about FAQs and things that need work and I've yet to see an actual Hulu rep address these issues publicly. When I email them I get the stock, "thanks for your inquiry regarding your Internet speed. Have you considered turning it off and then turning it on again? If not please see our FAQs."
I'm starting to think no one actually works there...


Someone does work there. Or, at least did. Last year you use to be able to leave general comments on their facebook page. After all the complaints left about commercials on hulu+, the player borking up all the time, and getting the same commercial 20x in a row, they solved the problem by disabling the ability to leave general comments.
 
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