Free 2-week trial to Hulu Plus streaming TV service

by Melody on January 18, 2012

Hulu Plus is offering a free 2-week trial of their services.  Basically, Hulu Plus allows you to watch all your favorite TV shows including complete series of current and past shows on several different devices.  You can use a connected TV, most video game consoles or your phone or tablet.  We bought a Roku box last year and can stream Hulu Plus (along with several other options, including Amazon Prime Instant Video).

After your 2-week trial, you will be charged $7.99 per month unless you cancel.  This would be a great service to try out if there are any of you who have been thinking about canceling your cable subscription.  We actually canceled our cable last year, but almost immediately got it back.  I won’t bore you with the details, but it involved several blacked-out Mariners games and a very frustrated husband.

I really think canceling your cable is a very viable option to save money.  There are so many different services out there, like Hulu Plus, that can make the transition a little easier.  Depending on how much TV you watch and what you think you would really miss, this may be an option for you.  We actually found that without TV, we didn’t really miss it.  We just did other stuff instead of sitting in front of the TV all evening.  Like read books.  Or talk.

I’d love to hear your feedback on Hulu, or any other service like this.  Have you canceled cable?  We don’t watch many weekly or recurring shows, the only thing we had a hard time with was the live sports.  We ordered the MLB package so we could watch all the games through our Roku box, but our local games were blacked out.  Go figure.

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Emilie January 18, 2012 at 6:48 am

We cancelled our cable a year or so ago and to be honest, the first few weeks were terrible mainly because my husband couldn’t watch games. However, he picks the must see games and watches them with friends now and it’s worked out. It has been amazing to be free from getting sucked in to the TV every night. We watch about 1-2 hours a week now, mainly through Hulu or Netflix streaming. I’m so thankful we did it and it saves a ton!

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Annie January 18, 2012 at 8:27 am

Well… over here we are TV addicts – its really bad and I know that when we have kids I’ll need to figure that out – but for now.. well its just the reality I live in :) We tried Hulu – but here’s my deal – I found that everything I was watchign I could get for free online through abc.com – abcfamily.com, etc so make sure you look at what you are watching before blindly spending $9 a month (still not bad).

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Melody January 18, 2012 at 8:37 am

The shows that you could watch on abc.com would be just on your computer though right? I’m not 100% sure how that works, but that’s what I thought. One of the nice things about Hulu is that it can be streamed to your TV. I’m on the computer every spare second when the kids are down with the blog, so my husband could never watch TV if that were the case. :)

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Annie January 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Fair enough! WE have extra computers laying around (trust me i know) and use an HDMI cable to connect it to the TV and then use a wireless mouse as a remote! But you are very right – not everyone has that – .. you must have the right “box” to stream the Hulu – such as playstation 3 – which you can also technically do from the web feature (its a pain though) without the ap..

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Melody January 18, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Thanks for responding Annie, I really wasn’t sure. My husband was checking out Hulu Plus today and they definitely don’t have much for movies, but tons of TV options. We aren’t huge TV watchers (except for sports), so this wouldn’t be the best option for us. It is super cheap though!

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