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What's the Deal with Hulu?

By Christopher Schonberger

When it comes to watching TV without a TV, there’s a new kid on the block: Hulu.com. After months of private beta testing and hype across the blogosphere, Hulu is now open to the public. It’s owned by NBC/Universal and News Corp, so as long as you like shows from their networks (e.g., NBC, Fox, USA, FX), then it’s definitely worth checking out. (This venture is the whole reason NBC/Universal pulled its content off iTunes last year, so they’re hoping you do.) Here’s what you need to know:

  • High Quality: Hulu’s quality is pretty impressive. Way better than iTunes. Of course, you have to watch it on your computer and can’t upload it onto any mobile devices.

  • Free: Not only is there no cost, but you don’t even have to sign up (unless you are watching R-rated content).

  • Movies There are a fair amount of feature length movies, including The Big Lebowski, The Usual Suspects, and 40-Year-Old Virgin.

  • Embeddable Want to put an entire episode of The Office on your blog? You can do that. Even better, Hulu gives you the ability to grab a specific segment of a clip and either embed it or email it to a friend. No longer will you have to send a YouTube video and be like, “Dude, watch from 1:07!!!”

For example, if I only want to embed this one sick move from the NBA’s Top 10 Moves in February, I can do that like so…

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