Thursday, July 24, 2008

Do Youlu Hulu?

Hulu logo I mentioned in an earlier post that I was in the middle of watching Newhart when Joanna said a useful line.  If you don’t know, Newhart is a TV show from 1982 – 1990.  It’s a show about Bob Newhart (one the the best comedians ever, check out his biography, you’ll laugh your tukus off… if you’re cheap it’s a penny used on Amazon), and is making clear to Erin where I got some of my idiosyncrasies. In any case I’m sure you’re asking yourself, how was Tom watching Newhart on TV when it’s so old?

That seems like the perfect question to talk about Hulu.

Hulu has been around for over a year, but it’s been a closed beta.  Now it’s finally open, and anyone can watch TV and movie episodes.  The quality is excellent (so good I can run them on my TV off of my laptop) and the shows start right away.  What’s great is that they really have a LOT of TV shows and movies. There’s old stuff like Benson and new stuff like The Office.  They even have some pretty new movies like Pitch Black.  They even have shows in HD, though those mostly appear to be clips right now.

The best part of Hulu?  It’s free.  When you watch a show every 15 minutes you’ll get a 20 second ad.  So, can you live with watching your TV with a single ad every 15 minutes?  That’s one ad for a sitcom like 30 Rock, two for hour long shows like, um, Total Recall 2070 (did you even know there was such a show)?  If you miss an episode of your favorite show, you may be able to watch it here, since you have most (or all) of the previous episodes (Benson season 1 episode 2 is missing for some reason).

Essentially Hulu started as an idea at NBC to give people video easily.  They left the venture and a bunch of networks are now working together to provide content.  They get advertising revenue, and we stop downloading the stuff illegally. 

What really impresses me is the quality.  The streaming from Sci-Fi of previous episodes is very pixilated and could never be shown on a TV.  This stuff is great quality.

There are still a lot of shows missing.  I looked for The Closer since Erin missed an episode, but it wasn’t there.  I’d just love to see more stuff up.  But if you haven’t checked out Hulu yet, I’m sure you’ll find something to love.

And no, we didn’t use Hulu for our Newhart episodes.  Sadly, they’re not up yet.


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