Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Several weeks ago, while out of town at a conference, I decided to keep up with my wife (at home) in watching the Korean drama "Faith." At the time, I thought my only viewing option was Hulu Plus--which I had grown to dislike because of their extremely annoying commercials.

The Super 8 Motel (where I was staying) filtered out the commercials. As a result, there were 30-60 seconds of silence whenever a Hulu commercial interrupted "Faith."

After two such commercial blocks (which were completely outside my control, by the way), Hulu displayed a popup, informing me that I would no longer be able to watch "Faith," because they had detected that I was blocking the commercials.

Still wanting to watch "Faith," I googled "Korean Drama Faith" and found the site DramaFever (www.dramafever.com). I signed up for a week's trial subscription, and was pleasantly rewarded with all the commercial-free Korean Dramas I could ever imagine—every one available on NetFlix and Hulu plus—and more (as far as I can tell).

Needless to say, I'm a convert. When my free one-week trial lapsed, I signed up for automatic DramaFever renewals and cancelled my Hulu Plus subscription.

During the past three weeks, all our viewing has been on DramaFever.

NetFlix had better watch out. (If we don't watch any NetFlix in the next two weeks, we'll probably cancel NetFlix—for awhile, at least. I'm sure we'll reinstate it eventually. I really do like NetFlix; we just don't watch it at the moment ...)

R.I.P., Hulu Plus.