Hulu Plus Xbox 360 Impressions
Hulu Plus is very similar to Netflix in almost every way. From the user interface, browsing movies and show, all the way to searching for what you’re looking for. So Netflix users will feel right at home the second they launch Hulu Plus. Except for one very important thing. Netflix doesn’t suck.
I’ve had nothing but problems with Hulu Plus since I started using it. Half loaded images appear when scrolling through the selections like Popular Episodes. Half the time the images are not even loaded at all forcing me to scroll through a bunch of grey empty boxes with nothing but a small labeling text underneath to read. Once you scroll to the end of a category which offers about 25 different shows/movies to choose from, you get a nice little “Next 25 items” box to click on. Guess what? Nine times out of ten, it doesn’t work. I can click the A button all day long and receive nothing but “Loading….” and a “Boink” noise.
The fun doesn’t stop there either. They have a “All TV + Movies” option to choose from as well. Great right? Wrong. I’ve tried using this option by selecting “TV A-Z”, “TV Genres”, “TV Networks” etc. Every single time I choose to do so, I get that infinite white loading circle stopping the app dead in its tracks, forcing me to hit my guide button to return to the dashboard.
With that said, Hulu Plus isn’t all that bad when it works. It actually streams the videos much faster than Netflix so far from my experience. The problem is finding what you want but when you do, you’re streaming within seconds. Fast forwarding and rewinding work rather well and don’t cause any hiccups or lag. One feature that Netflix has over Hulu Plus is the party feature. It’s always nice hopping into a funny movie with friends laughing it up. Sadly, on Hulu Plus this isn’t possible. One can hope in the future though right?
Overall I was left dissatisfied with Hulu Plus. From the amount of technical problems I encountered, and the poor selection differing itself from Netflix makes me feel Hulu Plus is a waste of time. However, Microsoft have teamed up with Jack Links to provide a week free of Hulu Plus to all Xbox Live Members* for the first week it’s available. Alternatively, if you’re satisfied with Hulu Plus you can visit their website http://www.hulu.com/plus/xbox to get a whole month for free. So what are you waiting for? Hit the Video Marketplace on the Xbox 360 Dashboard to download the Hulu Plus App now.
*U.S Residents Only