Posted by David on May 19th, 2011
As previously mentioned, I’ve been taking Hulu Plus for a free test drive this month, and I have to say—it’s Netflix’s slightly defective (but still very hot) cousin.
I can tolerate the ads, even if they don’t make a lot of sense when you consider I’m paying for it, but recently I stumbled onto something so ridiculous, so insane that it defies all logic. I went to show some friends the glory that is Community, but we quickly discovered we couldn’t watch it on Hulu Plus for Xbox. We then tried to watch Archer, because who doesn’t love that? Couldn’t watch that either. Why? Because it’s “web only” content. Sweet, crack-smoking Jesus Christ.
To add insult to ball-stomping injury, I can go to Hulu right now and watch either of these shows for free. Go ahead. Here’s Community. Here’s Archer. You can watch it all you want, just not on your Xbox because… Why? That’s where the logic train hits a wall, tragically killing everyone on board.
So Hulu, to clarify, you’re expecting users to pay $7.99 a month to not be able to watch content that they can watch on your website for free? How does this make any sense? Why wouldn’t you want your paying customers to access all of the content they normally could online? What fiend concocted this diabolical plot?
The logic behind something this idiotic must be so wedded to the mind of a specific executive that he (or she) should have to come to your house and explain it. They should let us experience the twisted carnival ride operating in his (or her) dastardly mind that somehow explains why the Xbox (and presumably the optimal viewing experience) is withheld from people who are paying for the service. At least that way, there would be rides.
Hulu, it really comes down to this: I want to like you. I really do. You’re smart, you’re funny, you’re all the things I want in a steaming video service. The truth is, you’re good… but you’re not good enough to be able to pull this kind of crap without damaging our relationship. No one is. Not even Netflix.