Hulu isn't the best for up to the minute and latest greatest stuff. The week long wait is proof enough of that. What I do like them for is mainly live action stuff and anime when it's done. The adds don't bother me too much because it's free. I watched Fringe on Hulu as it aired and a handful of anime (Shiki, Sengoku Basara, Shigurui, C Control, Tiger & Bunny, Aria the Scarlett Ammo, and Psycho Pass). Watching them week-to-week is bad for anime. Live action stuff runs like clockwork but anime gets delayed a lot like you said. The no schedule thing is news to me though. I thought they posted the day that they update be episodes on the main show page.
They aren't terrible but I don't use them how you do. My gripes are
- Paying for the service still forces you to watch ads
- While I was watching it the amount of ads per break went from 30 seconds with to like 1:30 and I'm not sure if it stopped there or continued to basically be identical to watching a show on tv. It's not as bad for live action because those are formatted and written with commercial breaks unlike anime where they're force in extra ones. There's nothing I grew to hate more was watching 1:30 of ads before the show starts, the OP plays, and then you're hit with another 1:30.
- I've gotten used to the PS3 being my media hub and I hate that in order to get non-PC playback you have to subscribe. If it's ad based then it should be everywhere imo. Crunchyroll and Netflix operate the same as 3 but they have the benefit of not hitting you with 1 and 2 which is a major plus for me.
Plus I already subscribe to them and frankly I like their libraries a lot more than Hulu. Additionally, Funimation, pretty much the only anime streams I watched on Hulu, look terrible. I'm convinced that they go out of their way to make streams be right on the verge of looking so bad you won't watch. No other legal anime streams for other services look as bad as their do.
Not a big issue, but their suggestions for shows to watch are terrible. The pull stuff on the flimsiest of connections. I think it's on par with like you watch a show with a female lead or female co-lead them they will just pull anything with that feature, irregardless of genre, tone, and other things that matter. Like they'd pull the Cosby Show from Breaking Bad because both have an old man in them.