The season and series premieres for the Fall Television season have begun, and so far I have watched all of my favorite shows. But I’ve done so without having watched one hour of “television”. How is that possible? Hulu.
So, what is Hulu? Hulu.com is the brainchild of Fox and NBC and was created to be a “YouTube Killer”. The thought behind this concept was that instead of having YouTube rip off and post all of the networks’ shows, they could post them themselves and make a business model out of it. The great thing about having Fox and NBC behind this endeavor is that you not only have their stable of shows (and links to other networks shows hosted elsewhere) but a deep and rich movie vault (Fox Studios and NBC’s Universal) to draw from as well. All I have to do is log into Hulu and browse through the hundreds of viewing choices.
Hulu has successfully wed television with social media. I can subscribe to the show RSS feed or add the show to my queue the next time a new episode is available. I can emded the video in my website or blog. I can share what I am watching with my friends on Facebook. But beside the cool functionality of Hulu, watching movies and television when I can and decide to do so has made a significant difference in my life.
There are of course some drawbacks with Hulu, such as how my television and movie watching can become a privatized affair (it is hard to gather the family around the computer screen to watch a show), and I need to be careful that I see Hulu only has a nice convenience and don’t allow watching television to become an idol in my life.
But so far for me the benefits have outweighed these potential pitfalls.
Check out Hulu.com, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.