« Want technology explained in plain English? Common Craft is for you | Main | Skull web camera »

03. 14. 2008

Hulu.com: free movies and TV online

firefly2.jpg

YouTube can be fun, and very occasionally brilliant, but a lot of its content is, let's face it, Amateur Hour. Not so Hulu.com, which just opened to the public. It features real TV shows and even movies. For free - so long as you're willing to watch ads too, of course. (Hulu estimates its ads at about 2 minutes per half-hour's entertainment, less than commercial television.)

I was one of Hulu's beta testers, but I didn't get the big head because there were 5 million of us. I only checked in a couple of times, partly because the selection was limited and partly because I'm spoiled by my fairly big TV screen - not to mention haunted by many hours of programming languishing unwatched on my DVR.

Some of Hulu's offerings are top-drawer. TV shows include "The Simpsons," "30 Rock," and "The Office" (US version). Among the movies are "Sideways," "Ice Age," and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" - plus several golden oldies. There is, of course, also dreck. Exhibit A: "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine." I can tell it's dreck without having watched a minute of it. Don't argue.

Still, Hulu's selection is much better today than when first sampled last fall. There's some decent stuff here, and it's free. You should probably sign up. One of these days you'll be home sick and whining, "There's Nothing On TV!" That's a perfect moment to catch up with a perfect movie comedy, for example "Some Like It Hot."

Hulu is betting that zillions of us will decide we like movies and TV on small screens despite the allure of 52-inch plasma. I don't know how content I'll be to watch an hour or more straight on my 19-inch monitor. That's my workspace, not my funspace. Still, I've got my eye on all 14 episodes of "Firefly," an exceptionally shiny scifi series that I missed when it flashed through the TV heavens briefly in 2002 and then winked out. But, thanks to Hulu, not forever.

Posted by Tam    Category: entertainment | highlights | on the web
Tags:
Email this | Comments (1)
Add to: Yahoo Add to: Google Add to: Digg Add to: Del.icio.us Add to: Reddit Add to: StumbleUpon Add to: Technorati


Comments (1)

Susana Machado:

Here be whining...

Praises for Hulu have done viral through the tech blog feeds I read.

Each time I need to remind myself that Hulu is only available for American residents ( or American ISPs? Not sure how that works, just know that I was told that Hulu is not available in my region ).

So yeah, it sounds great, the screen shots look great, you think you can me it available for us poor Canucks?

:)

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)


Back to Top

 





 
swf_ad2.gif


Best of Popgadget
10.21.2010

We're back!! And where we've been...

Hello! It's been a while, and I'm so happy to say, we are going to be back and better than ever. We will be changing just a little bit- bringing you more frequently updated content, in a somewhat abbreviated...
Read More
Popgadget Recent Comments
Popgadget Steals & Deals
Mom Wants Gadgets for Mother's Day
Trade-in Your Old Electronics
Popgadget Giveaway from American Express! My Life on Points
6-Foot HDMI cable at $3.19 includes shipping
Sony offers some exciting deals for Mother's Day
Unlocked iPhone! Only $599. Or $699.
Got four friends? Take a Peek at this great offer
Green Tech: Eco-fashions priced to move
31 ways to save money on technology from PCWorld
Popgadget Random Images

Where is this image from?
See more random images
On This Day
Take a little stroll down memory lane. See what Popgadget was writing about on this day in 2012 2009 2008 2007 2006 2004