Do you ever miss a television show and forget to record it. Do you want to catch up on an old TV show but not want to bother having to rent all the episodes. Did you miss your favorite star being interviewed on E! or a funny monologue on Conan? Hulu may be the answer and will provide many other kinds of enjoyment. Hulu provides legally free TV shows and movies, as well as clips from them.
According to Hulu’s about page, when describing their content, they say:
Hulu brings together a large selection of videos from more than 50 content providers, including FOX, NBC Universal, MGM, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros. and more. Users can watch current primetime TV such as The Simpsons and The Office the morning after they air, classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Married…with Children, movies like The Usual Suspects and The Big Lebowski, and clips from Saturday Night Live and other popular TV shows and movies.
A few downsides
The main problem with Hulu is that it doesn’t have content from all networks. CBS and ABC have not agreed to participate. The main providers of television shows are NBC, Fox, Bravo, SciFi, FX, E!, Style, USA, 20th Century Televison and Universal Media Studios. These last two add many older television shows (e.g. Kojak, Mary Tyler Moore, St. Elsewhere, WKRP) to Hulu. If you wish to watch an ABC or CBS show online, you can do so on each network’s website or by paying on iTunes. The other slight disadvantage to Hulu is that while watching full episodes, there are a few commercials. There aren’t many, but you can’t fast forward them.
Some other aspects of Hulu:
- Hulu allows users to clip videos from the site and post them in online communities such as blogs or Facebook
- Currently, Hulu videos are only available in the U.S.
- You can create an account and start a queue of shows and movies that you want to watch
- You can also subscribe to a specific show and as new episodes come out they will automatically be added to your queue
You really must go to Hulu.com to check the website out. This is truly an example of where words just can’t do something justice.
Edited 1/9/09 to add new post: