Looking to cut that pricey cable-TV cord? Want to catch up on TV episodes and series you missed during the regular season?
You need Hulu Plus. Why pay for Plus when regular old Hulu is free? Simple: the latter forces you to sit at your PC. If you want access to the service on your Roku box, game console, Android phone/tablet, iOS device, or whatever, you'll have to pony up for a Plus subscription.
Normally that costs $7.99 per month, but right now you can get Hulu Plus free for two months. (Note that if you're already a subscriber, you're not eligible. And if you already have a non-Plus account, you may need to sign out to see the offer.)
That's a mighty fine freebie, IMHO. Hulu Plus may not be perfect, but it's still a great way to watch shows you might have missed or revisit classic series (of which Hulu has a ton).
On the other hand, you're stuck watching commercials (brief ones, but still). That seems particularly egregious when you consider that Netflix runs commercial-free -- for the same $7.99 per month. What you're paying for here is the convenience of watching, say, last night's episode of "The Bachelorette." (On second thought, you'd have to pay me to watch that.)
Also, Hulu's movie library really bites. Seriously, there's almost nothing in there worth watching. It makes Netflix's movie catalog look like the AFI Top 100.
But enough about the downsides. With two free months, you have more than ample opportunity to try Hulu Plus for yourself and see if it enhances your TV-watching life. Just make sure to mark your calendar so you remember to cancel (if you decide to do so); otherwise you'll start getting billed come September.
If you're already a Hulu Plus subscriber, hit the comments and let your fellow cheeps know if they should join the party. Personally, despite its flaws, I think the service is a steal at eight bucks per month.
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