HULU

Lat­est TV shows as they air. Works with­out sub­scrip­tion. Ad sup­ported. Few movies. Apps only sup­port Hulu Plus sub­scribers.

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Hulu was ini­tially a joint-ven­ture be­tween NBC Uni­ver­sal, Fox Broad­cast­ing and Dis­ney-ABC in 2007. As ex­pected from a ser­vice started by TV net­works, Hulu’s fo­cus is on TV shows. It even of­fers con­cur­rent stream­ing of lat­est episodes as they air. In com­par­i­son, Net­flix and Ama­zon usu­ally only carry TV shows only af­ter they com­plete their run, some­times many months later.

Hulu is a free stream­ing ser­vice that is sup­ported by ads. Its view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is sim­i­lar to that of a reg­u­lar broad­cast chan­nel, where (un­skip­pable) ads are in­ter­spersed at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals. The good thing how­ever, is that un­like reg­u­lar TV, you can see where the ads will come up; there’s also a counter that tells you how many ads will play and how many sec­onds are left. Like any me­dia player, you can for­ward and rewind shows to your lik­ing, but not past the next advertisement in­ter­val.

You can spring for Hulu Plus, which is a US $7.99/month paid sub­scrip­tion. The caveat is that Hulu doesn’t rec­og­nize non-US credit cards, so you’ll have to get a lit­tle cre­ative, such as pur­chas­ing iTunes gift cards or Face­book gift­ing. It won’t get rid of the ads, but open up a wider li­brary of shows. With the free ver­sion of Hulu, you can only view up to the last 5 episodes of a se­ries, but with Hulu Plus, you have ac­cess to the en­tire back li­brary. If a show isn’t avail­able for stream­ing from Hulu, it will re­di­rect you to the show’s par­ent net­work web­site. For ex­am­ple, look­ing up The Big Bang The­ory will di­rect you to cbs.com in­stead.

Sign­ing into your ac­count will not only pro­vide a list of rec­om­men­da­tions but also al­lows you to re­sume what you were watch­ing pre­vi­ously.

Be­fore Net­flix caught up with exclusive con­tent, Hulu was the king of the hill with orig­i­nal pro­duc­tions like Bat­tle­ground and Spoil­ers with Kevin Smith. Hulu’s exclusive con­tent may not be as crit­i­cally ac­claimed as that of Net­flix, but shows like The Awe­somes and Quick Draw prove there’s a rea­son to tune in. Un­like Net­flix and Ama­zon In­stant Video, Hulu’s HD streams only go up to 720p. For the mo­ment, it seems suf­fi­cient as Hulu is more fo­cused on TV rather than movies. Hulu Plus is also avail­able as an app on An­droid and iOS, but as its name im­plies, you must have a sub­scrip­tion. The free ver­sion is limited to the browser.

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