STREAMING SATURDAY: Hulu Adding 120 New Titles in August

Good news, Hulu streamers! You’re about to a get 120 new TV shows and movies to stream next month.

Do you subscribe to Hulu’s streaming service? If so, you’ll be treated to some exciting entertainment next month, according to an article by TVGuide.com. The streaming service’s new August programming includes the season four premiere of the controversial Bachelor in Paradise. August also brings the series premiere of Marlon (NBC) and the first season Better Things (FX) to Hulu streaming. Fans of Hulu’s original series Difficult People get to enjoy the third season of this comedy for coastal elitists. (Stuart Sweet will likely rejoice in this news.)

TV series aren’t the only thing Hulu users can stream this August. The streaming service will come on strong with a wide selection of movies, too. You can stream the first two Spider-Man films as well as the two Bill & Ted movies. If horror is your thing, Hulu acquired five of the eight Saw films. Fans of classic Western cinema can stream High Noon, the 1952 film that starred Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. August’s programming features a huge selection of movies from the past five decades.

Now, the Bad News…
Having new content to stream is great. It’s roughly one third of what makes or breaks a streaming service. The other two-thirds are original content and user-friendly operation. While Hulu has its share of original series, it seems to struggle with operational difficulties recently.

According to DownDetector.com, 61 percent of the people reporting Hulu problems on July 19, 2017 were video streaming users. Several people reported difficulties getting the page to load on any Mac, Windows PC, and other platforms. Some people reported receiving an error message that read “this site can’t be reached,” while others were able to log on, albeit missing everything on their watchlist. These problems occurred in various areas that included Arlington, TX, Kansas City, and Oklahoma, and Atlanta.

Hulu Live TV Issues
Connection issues aren’t the only problem to plague Hulu’s services. The redesigned interface app for Hulu’s live TV service has also proven to be less than user friendly. Consumers have reported the app is difficult to navigate. The biggest problem, according to detractors, is the difficulty encountered while trying to find new shows and movies rather than curated content. (For more details, simply do a Google search for “Hulu new interface” and enjoy the firestorm.)

Hulu’s distinct advantage is that it keeps all media consumption within one app. Too bad that app is far from perfect. With a little work, Hulu could become a one-stop replacement for basic cable, but it needs to remove these barriers. The company currently is beta testing its live TV service for Fire TV and Fire Stick applications. Perhaps Hulu will get feedback about its app from these sessions.

Hulu Streaming in August
Here is the complete list of what’s new for streaming from Hulu in August:

August 1
The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All: Special (ABC)
Ali (2001)
Among Friends (2012)
Arthur (1981)
As Good as it Gets (1997)
Bad Boys (1995)
Bad News Bears (2005)
Bad Company (2002)
Benny & Joon (1993)
The Big Chill (1983)
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
Bloodsport (1988)
Box of Moonlight (1996)
Breakdown (1997)
Center Stage (2000)
Center Stage: On Pointe (2016)
Center Stage: Turn it Up (2008)
Charley One-Eye (1973)
Charlotte’s Web (2006)
Clue (1985)
Clueless (1995)
Coming to America (1988)
Criminal Law (1988)
Cujo (1983)
Dead Gamers (2014)
The Dead Zone (1983)
Delta Force (1986)
Eve’s Bayou (1997)
Far From Home (1989)
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2006)
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
Finding Forrester (2000)
The Foot Fist Way (2008)
Friends and Lovers (1999)
The General’s Daughter (1999)
Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005)
Ghost (1990)
Hannie Caulder (1971)
Harlem Nights (1989)
Harsh Times (2005)
Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002)
High Noon (1952)
Higher Learning (1995)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
The Italian Job (2003)
Mars Attacks! (1996)
Men in Black II (2002)
The Mod Squad (1999)
New in Town (1967)
Once Bitten (1985)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
Paycheck (2003)
Puppetmaster: Axis Termination (2017)
The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981)
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Reds (1981)
Sahara (2005)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Saw (2004)
Saw II (2005)
Saw III (2006)
Saw IV (2007)
Saw V (2008)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Spider-Man (2002)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
The Swan Princess and the Secret of the Castle (1997)
The Swan Princess (1994)
Teen Witch (1989)
Teen Wolf (1985)
Teen Wolf Too (1987)
Terry Factor: Live in Concert
The Toy (1982)
Ulee’s Gold (1997)
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Wayne’s World 2 (1993)

August 2
CMA Fest 2017: Special (ABC)
Cup of Culture (2017)
Valkyrie (2008)

August 5
Billy on the Street: Complete Season 5 (TruTV)
Hacker (2016)

August 6
Mosquito (2017)

August 7
You’re the Worst: Complete Season 3 (FX)

August 8
Difficult People: Season 3 Premiere (Hulu Original)
Earth Live!: Special (National Geographic)

August 9
Tall Men (2016)

August 11
We Bare Bears: Complete Season 2 (Cartoon Network)

August 15
Bachelor in Paradise: Season 4 Premiere (ABC)
Better Things: Complete Season 1 (FX)
Beneath (2007)
Felony (2013)
Hamlet (1990)
Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
It Takes Two (1995)
Ladybugs (1992)
Love Story (1970)
Missing in Action (1984)
Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
Narc (2002)
Next (2007)
The Prince and Me (2004)
The Ruins (2008)
Sabrina (1995)
Universal Soldier (2002)
Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)

August 16
Regular Show: Complete Season 8 (Cartoon Network)

August 17
Marlon: Series Premiere (NBC)

August 18
Mary Kills People: Complete Season 1 (Lifetime)
Stan Against Evil: Complete Season 1 (IFC)

August 19
My Bloody Valentine (2009)

August 20
In Secret (2013)

August 21
Air Bound (2017)

August 27
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

August 29
Gimme Shelter (2013)