October 07, 2008

The Awesomeness: Hulu.com

I had heard about Hulu.com many months ago (at launch, actually), and sure, being able to watch an episode of Futurama on-demand was cool and all, but it quickly lost its appeal. For the uninitiated, Hulu is a site which offers free streaming video of TV shows and movies from major TV networks like NBC and Fox, along with smaller cable networks like Mojo HD and G4. "Free?" you say - yes, but it's ad-sponsored, so there are small "commercial breaks" - really small, like 30 seconds - hardly noticeable.

In this month's issue of Wired, there's an article about Hulu that shook my memory of it loose, and today I decided to give it a second try, to see what's been added.

After about a half hour spent watching the full SNL VP debate skit that I missed the beginning of last Saturday night, and last night's episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, I went to search out what else Hulu had available -- and, OMG, lookee lookee what I found:

Yes, that, my friends, is a full-length episode of Elvira's Movie Macabre from the early 1980's... of which Hulu offers ten. Ten! Here's a list of television episodes they have available to watch, and here's a list of movies they have available to watch (full-length eps and films are indicated with a special icon).

Sure, the Netflix Instant Watch feature is pretty cool, and offers loads more film content, but the reason I'm so excited about Hulu right now is that I don't need to reboot my iMac into Windows Vista -- I can run this straight from my browser.

Time to go watch some more Elvira...


posted by julie at October 7, 2008 01:21 PM


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