Hulu

January 26, 2008

I just got into the Hulu.com closed beta thanks to the heads up from Sam (you, too, may apply at their website). I post here to extoll its generally cool features. It’s apparently a joint venture between Fox and NBC, so any show of theirs that they’d like to add will be hosted on the site. It definitely isn’t a YouTube for TV, however, because it only offers limited episodes along with some clips — most of the episodes being the latest if the show is still on the air. Then again, there’s also some Who’s The Boss for you to peruse if you get a hankering for some Danza (boy, I know I do).

The presentation itself is nice, you just roll your mouse over the video and it gives you options like “share with a friend”, “embed”, or “full screen”. Watching the video in full screen would be the equivalent to watching a crappy DIVX download of a show, I would guess. Compression is visible, but it’s still decent quality for a streaming video. It all really seems to depend on how much movement there is on screen. For instance, here’s Conan O’Brien with his pope staff from full screen:

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Not horrible considering the subject matter. Mostly it lets me check up on whatever I’ve missed, as no matter how much I love Late Night with O’Brien or Family Guy, I never seem to have the TV on when they air.

One of the other nice things about it is that the only commercial you’ll be submitted to is at the start of the episode (unless you skip ahead too far in the stream). And the site itself kinda has a Google feel to it, pretty clean and easy to get around.

I would give you some Danza or Conan to enjoy personally, but WordPress.com doesn’t allow me to post Hulu videos yet, so you’re out of luck. But beware, reader, as you can avoid Tony Danza for only so long. I suggest you just head on over to Hulu, sign up for the beta and submit to him while you still can.

P.S.
WHILE YOU WATCH DANZA, DANZA IS WATCHING YOU

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