That Hulu That They Do So Well

I don’t usually go around reviewing technology, but after three years without cable, you’d better believe I took a great interest in the advent of hulu.com. It’s all well and good to pretend I miss original programming and educational fare (and I do), but sometimes I’m just looking for Fantasy Island reruns.

And Hulu has ’em.  Also some Night Gallery, Simon & Simon, The Addams Family, and a host of other things that made my growing up such a fabulously cheesetastic viewing experience, along with more recent TV offerings.

But the thing that made me actually stop to write this?  Time from first exposure to Hulu to finding an episode of Outer Limits with Clancy Brown in his Majorly Crazy Hair stage = 1 hour. Try that on your TV sometime.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ullman
    Mar 14, 2008 @ 21:57:00

    Yeah, hulu is really best option for those who don't have cable.

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  2. kermieladie0
    Mar 21, 2008 @ 21:37:00

    cable and satellite are so restricted due to the design of a house or apartment buildings. its at times due to excessive bureaucracies. thats why some people that even wants tv could not have them. hulu is one example, its only available in US. sigh. only now Internet service providers make services better for the past few years, so that like hulu can strive.

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  3. BlackLime
    Mar 22, 2008 @ 12:11:00

    I don't like Hulu. What the hell is the point of putting TV shows online, but then restricting users from other countries to access them? Hulu shouldn't discriminate against users from other countries :/

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  4. Soup
    Mar 22, 2008 @ 13:15:00

    They probably have to do that for legal reasons. I notice even Adult Swim's website doesn't work for people in Europe.I have no idea what the law is surrounding that, but it seems pretty standard practice for that sort of thing to block it in all but one country.

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  5. BlackLime
    Mar 22, 2008 @ 13:37:00

    I know it's for legal reasons, but I don't get the point of putting something on the World Wide Web, if it's not going to be accessible World Wide :/Same thing with a Online Radio called Pandora. They were awesome, until they restricted to the US.

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  6. Soup
    Mar 22, 2008 @ 14:50:00

    Yeah. You can probably blame lawyers for that. It's kinda dumb, but I'm actually glad they're putting that stuff up.Although it is kind of a bummer no one outside the US can get in on it.

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  7. BlackLime
    Mar 22, 2008 @ 14:51:00

    Agreed 🙂

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  8. Apostrophina
    Mar 24, 2008 @ 12:00:00

    I suspect that if it does well in the States, they'll expand it. I already had one friend who, on hearing about me and the Hart to Hart reruns, just shook his head and said "Commercials? No." So it may be a more dubious enterprise than it sounds while you're watching old Dilbert shorts at one a.m.

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  9. Soup
    Mar 24, 2008 @ 12:49:00

    Yeah. I really just think it's an issue of where the content is coming from. I'd imagine a lot of shows are just distributed by different companies in different countries. It's probably really expensive to license the same content from multiple companies just so you can show it in other markets. But I'd imagine if they start actually making money on the US site, they'll probably be more inclined to expand it, even if it's expanded really slowly.Of course, that's just speculation from someone with absolutely no legal background whatsoever, so I could be way off.

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