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The Future is Now

Posted by Matt Cipriano | 1 Comment

Does anyone still remember a time when people predicted that you would be able to watch anything you wanted when ever you wanted? Any show on a whim? When we hit 1000+ channels people felt that was the way it was going to be, but it wasn’t. On-Demand costs money and there is a limit to the shows shown. iTunes wasn’t much better though had a lot more recent titles to choose from.

This year we had channels starting to ponder the iTunes model and they all started streaming most of their shows on the internet (a combination of pay-per-view and free content) though most of those streams were a bit choppy and interrupted by a ton of commercials.

Well, now we have reached a point where that any show on a whimis starting to look more like a reality- Enter Hulu.

Hulu is a joint venture between Fox and NBC with a load on content streamed in high quality on the internet. The full episodes are still a bit light, but they currently do have an impressive selection of not just TV shows, but also movies. Simply click on what you want to see and watch to your hearts content. Before the start of the full-length movies you are given the option of watching a trailer or having commercial interruptions. The TV shows have ‘limited commercial interruptions.’

What is really great is the amount of shows they have. Check out the first season of The Riches or parts of Season 1 & 6 of 24. Did you miss the start of Canterbury’s Law this week? Well it is already up. Or, maybe you want to see a sneak peak of the first episode of Pop Fiction (which I think starts next week), well you’ve only ot 1 more day before the sneak peak expires, but I would bet it is posted again once it has officially aired.

Of course, besides just the latest and newest shows on the air you also have libraries of FOx and NBC to pull from. Check out Hill Street Blues, season 1 or the first two seasons of Airwolf. As this is just starting up (it went public this week) expect more content to follow, especially as more people start watching.

I mean seriously, they have Airwolf, what more convincing do you need?

Oh and their movie selection isn’t too shabby either with The Big Lebowski, The Simpson’s Movie, The Usual Suspects and even Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine
(might recognize where Austin Powers got an idea or two from…)


One Response to “The Future is Now”

  1. Amy
    March 15th, 2008 @

    This is too cool. The interface is pleasing – and I like how you can dim the background of the site so you can focus on the show/film. I can’t believe it’s free!

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