I travel about 75% of the year for my job. Like most people, I have my TV faves that I hate to miss, but it’s a little hard to catch your shows while standing in the security line at the airport. My DVR definitely works overtime, but many times I don’t want to wait until I get home to watch the latest episodes. That’s where Hulu comes in.
Hulu has content from over 225 channels (including NBC, ABC, FOX, Biography, MTV, and PBS) and features over 2,600 Primetime TV shows and more than 1,000 movies. The TV shows are generally available the day after they air. You don’t need to download any software to use the service. You just need an internet connection and a Flash 10.0.22 enabled computer.
Hulu does have commercials, but they are limited and a fraction of what you would normally have to tolerate. They also have a system that allows you to tailor your ads to your specific taste.
The future of television and how we watch it is changing. Long gone are the days when we were shackled to our TV sets at a specific time on a certain day if we wanted to watch a show. Now, watching via DVR or TiVo is a common practice and many people are streaming content on their laptops, phones and iPads.
With Hulu, you can subscribe to certain shows and they will retain them in your queue for as long as they legally can (usually at least five episodes are available at a time). They will then send you an email letting you know if you have new shows in your queue or if any of your saved shows are expiring soon.
Hulu Plus has the same great content plus full seasons of many of your favorite shows, such as Modern Family, 30 Rock, The Office, House, Family Guy and Grey’s Anatomy. You can also watch all of the past seasons of hits like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Arrested Development, Ally McBeal, Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty. When I consider how much I used to spend on seasons of TV on DVD, the $9.99/month price tag is minimal.
Also, Hulu Plus allows you to stream to several different devices like your iPhone, iPad, Samsung TV, Samsung Blu-Ray device and Play Station 3 with many more coming soon.
I have been using Hulu for several months and still love it. If they keep this up, I might just cancel my cable.