When hulu – Fox and NBC’s joint online video venture -was announced I didn’t give it much thought. ABC already allows people to view episodes of popular shows online, so I figured this would be much the same. Mike signed up for the private beta but I didn’t bother. After getting his invite Mike told me it was awesome so without much thought I decided to put my name in for the beta and see if I could take it for a spin.
Now I’m addicted to it. Seriously, it’s amazing.
Miss an episode of The Simpsons? It’s on hulu the next morning. Want to watch an episode of 24 from Season 1? It’s on hulu too. Do you love old shows like Arrested Development or Futurama? Yup, they’re on hulu.
The best part is that I can login from any web browser and within seconds have an episode running in decent full-screen quality. No software, no downloads, no fees. There are only limited commercials – about 45 seconds per 20 minute episode, all from the same sponsor.
Even cooler, I’ve started discovering new shows that I’ve never watched before. A lot of friends have told me that It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is hilarious. I honestly didn’t even know what network it was on yet alone what day and time, but I threw on a few episodes from hulu the other day and loved it so much that I went over to Amazon and purchased the first two seasons on DVD! This is exactly what they hope people do considering it’s a free service, and I’m more than happy to fork out $29.99 for some DVDs if I really like a show…so everyone wins 🙂
I’m really excited to see what they’ll do once they come out of private beta. I’m actually HOPING that they start charging. I’d gladly pay $10 – $20 a month if they:
- Made every single episode available all the time (right now it’s spotty at best for most shows).
- Made more movies available….not just a few “classics” like The Breakfast Club.
- Got a few more networks to sign up. I don’t like anything on CBS, so I’d settle for ABC and their family of networks (including ESPN of course)
- Sold me (or rented me) a hulu box that I could plug into my TV to watch. This sort of blends in with the On-Demand service that most cable providers offer, but I think hulu is already better than On-Demand so I’d just assume have my own hulu box. Who needs a DVR when everything is available anytime you want it? Hell, who needs DVDs if everything is available anytime you want it (assuming the quality is on par)? This would kick the crap out of Apple TV
Oh, and you can also embed full episodes on your site: