Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Hulu Review

So I realize that everyone has probably heard of Hulu.com by now, the site where you can watch tons of free content from NBC and FOX as well as some full-length movies. But we've been poking around and thought we'd take a chance to share some of it's highlights (and some of it's problems).

First, the pros: free tv online!! As someone who doesn't own a TV but does occasionally want to watch an episode of The Simpsons, Hulu is great. It has hundreds of full length shows and movies as well as a variety of clips. The video player is high quality, runs smoothly on any halfway decent internet connection, and allows you to view in full screen. or pop the video out of the Hulu page. You can also share videos using a variety of social networking sites as well as embed them like so --

Cons: For some reason some shows (like Saturday Night Live) have no full episodes available, only clips. They definitely haven't maximized the social networking potential of the site: all you can do right now is comment on videos. Also it seems like there's a limit of how many episodes a current show can have up at any given time, which means if you missed the pilot for Canterbury's Law you're screwed and the episodes that are up there aren't really worth jack to you.

Web Diversions favs: The best part of Hulu for us is definitely the great, old content they have up there. They have some things you never thought you'd see again (Picket Fences!!!) starting with the pilot. Highlights for us are Alfred Hitchcock Hour and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Doogie Howser M.D., and News Radio. Our movie picks are Requiem For a Dream and The Slums of Beverly Hills.

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