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Sunday, April 13, 2008

hulu's on first

Q: It's the 21st century. Where's my online, on-demand streaming video?
A: Check out Hulu.com.

Q: What's on there? Anything good?
A: A little bit of everything—TV shows ranging from The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and Emergency! to Numb3rs and The Office. There's about 100 movies, too, including Monty Python's Meaning of Life.

Q: Really! Is it free?
A: Yes.

Q: Are there commercials? Cuz you know how I hate commercials.
A: Yes, there are a commercials, but far fewer than on broadcast TV, and you can still mute them.

Q: OK, but how's the video quality? Better than YouTube or worse than YouTube?
A: Hulu is better than YouTube like Picard is better than Kirk: Crisper, clearer, more mature, higher-tech, and with a lot less drunken debauchery.

Q: Er ... Do I need special hardware or software?
A: Nope, just a high-speed Internet connection.

Q: Not bad! Is there anything else cool about Hulu?
A: You can subscribe to RSS feeds that let you know when a new episode or clip from your favorite show has been posted.

Q: But only if you're a huge geek, right?
A: Yes, that is correct.

Q: Wow. Free, low-commercial TV and movies on demand. Aren't you grateful this service finally exists?
A: You betcha.

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