Hulu Delay

May 14, 2010 at 10:48 am | Posted in Missy | Leave a comment

I’ve removed the season pass for Glee from the TiVo — I figure I’ll catch up on the last few episodes on Hulu after all of the really good shows (LOST, Fringe, House, Survivor, American Idol, and a dozen others) end their seasons. Episodes are piling up in the Hulu queue, but hopefully I won’t get more than 5 in the stack. Because with a lot of shows, Hulu is only allowed to keep the most recent 5 online.

Hulu is good for some show, but I have to confess, I’m really ticked because of the programming delay on some shows. Episodes of House don’t appear on Hulu until 8 days after they air on network TV. And a couple of episodes in recent times have gone beyond their scheduled time slot, which means if you’re recording it on regular TV, you’ll miss the last couple of minutes. And you can’t catch those last couple of minutes online for eight more days.

Likewise, The Biggest Loser is on a one-week delay on Hulu. Since we can’t get our NBC station on the antenna, Hulu is our only choice for TBL. But we’re a week behind everyone else. Fortunately, I haven’t seen too many spoilers, but with the finale coming up, I’m sure I’ll have it ruined for me before I get a chance to see it.

The problem isn’t with Hulu — they put the episodes up as soon as they’re able. The problem is with either the production company or the network. And I have to ask those guys: WHY? Don’t they realize that we watch more commercials when watching shows on Hulu? A show on TiVo, they’re lucky if we watch even one commercial. And that’s only if something looks interesting as we’re blasting through in 3x fast-forward. But on Hulu, they pop their 30- or 60-second ads in there, and we actually sit and watch them.

Seems to me that Hulu-ified shows should get even better treatment.

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