Last night, Dave made a chilling announcement.
At some point today, all our TVs will go dead as a result of outdated cable boxes. We’re s’posed to get new cable boxes (today), and I know Dave will install them the second he gets home from work. But until then . . .
Thank Gawd for Hulu!
Remember when you discovered all those Web sites that offered free streaming TV shows and movies? And you were so excited? ‘Cuz you could watch Cloverfield over and over plus endless episodes of The Simpsons?
And then, just as you were microwaving the popcorn and putting on your fuzzy slippers, your excitement disappeared, because you realized:
- The link was usually broken.
- The movie was in Japanese.
- The handheld camerwork was sloppy and unprofessional.
- You really are bothered by those flashing ads for porno sites after all.
Well, get ready, because the excitement is back in the form of Hulu! (And, no, this isn’t a pay-per-post. I just love saying and writing HULU as much as possible.)
It’s free! Easy! Pretty decent quality! Simply provide a user name, password, and, if you like, your household income, and you’re home free.
Hulu offers free streaming TV shows and movies. And while some may complain that Hulu’s selection is lacking, I personally love the weird variety of really good and really obscure. You can watch movies like 28 Days Later, Sideways, The Big Lebowski and . . . Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine. You can catch episodes of The Office, 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights . . . The Munsters Today, which even I didn’t know existed.
Some TV shows offer only clips, so don’t get too excited, Greatest High School Football Rivalries fans.
Yes, yes, I know you can watch many of your favorite shows on the networks’ sites, but Hulu has everything in one tidy place with a very user-friendly interface. You can e-mail and embed videos, share videos with social/bookmarking sites, and create a queue for your favorites.
Hulu is far from perfect. Lost isn’t available, and they’ve only got the first two seasons of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The video sometimes sputters a bit, and you do have to sit through a few very short commercials.
But it’s called HULU! So what else do you need to know?
If you want to Hulu:
- Watch a 2-minute “Hulu Walkthrough.”
They’re going ga-ga for Hulu at humor blogs.