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Red Dog 03-13-08 12:06 PM


Originally Posted by Jadzia
I think the reason the site is free is because it is streaming (with a commercial) and not downloadable.

Otherwise you would have to pay for it, a la iTunes.


So what is the difference btwn me recording a broadcast TV show (free) with commercials?

If you include the commercial with the download, I don't see the issue. Plus unlike with DVRs (or even a VCR), it ain't exactly easy to precisely FF an Ipod (to skip over a commercial).

GuessWho 03-13-08 12:27 PM


Originally Posted by spainlinx0
...to watch at work.

Try working :lol:

B.A. 03-13-08 01:31 PM


Originally Posted by GuessWho
Try working :lol:

Yeah, right.

spainlinx0 03-13-08 08:50 PM

I have downtime at work at the moment because we are waiting for a bunch of cases to come through. Also I like to have something on in the background while I work.

Brent L 03-13-08 09:08 PM

There's no reason for anyone here to go any longer without watching Arrested Development.

Get to it people.

Orbi-Wan Techno 03-13-08 09:16 PM

Blocked at work, but works fine at home. Interesting, the PQ isn't as good as Netflix Instant View.

leacha 03-13-08 10:07 PM

Just a side note, I use FireFox with AdBlock and have never seen a commercial.

Goat3001 03-13-08 10:25 PM


Originally Posted by Goat3001
I'm pissed. I want to watch the full season of The Loop and Friday Night Lights but my crappy computer starts skipping when the video is in fullscreen.

And now I have a new computer and Hulu has become my favorite website. I've been able to watch a few shows that I missed out on the first time and now they have entire movies. PQ isn't great, but it is very watchable.

I do have a few gripes:

1- I don't mind the 30 seconds of commercials every few minutes, but do they have to be the same exact commercials?

2- I would like to be able to lay in bed and watch a few episodes. Hulu is awesome enough to have a playlist option. However, every time it changes video it has to go back to a regular size screen instead of staying fullscreen.

Steve Phillips 03-14-08 04:37 PM

Oh no. They've let "The Munsters Today" out of the vault!

Orbi-Wan Techno 03-16-08 10:12 PM

Okay, I'm liking hulu, but I think they need more stuff.
In the time that I have watched, the commercial have all been different (DirectTV, some dogfood, Chili's, etc.)
My video stays full screen the entire time. Don't know why others have a problem.
They have Titan AE, which I haven't watched in years, plus a bunch of other stuff I want to catch up on. Seem like Yeoh is sharing some of their content, too.

Superman07 03-17-08 07:49 AM

Is this what you have access to now when you download the "software" for VOD on Fox's website? That royaly ticked me off when they switched to that a few weeks ago. NBC may have changed as well, but I know they were using the same system as ABC - free, with no software download.

It's been a while since I've been to NBC, but you could even get HD on ABC!

mrpayroll 03-27-09 01:28 PM

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http://www.paidcontent.org/entry/419...stake-in-hulu/


Could Disney Join Hulu? Sources Say Talks Are Serious

By Staci D. Kramer - Fri 27 Mar 2009 06:27 AM PST

Updated:The Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) Company could wind up with an equity stake in Hulu in exchange for adding ABC programming to the NBC Universal-News Corp (NYSE: NWS) joint venture, a source familiar with the situation tells paidContent. It’s not clear how much of Disney’s television programming is involved beyond ABC—a second source says all Disney content has been discussed but it centers on ABC; other possibilities could include ESPN (not likely given ESPN’s reliance on license fees from cable operators and others) and, if not the Disney Channel, some offshoots. The discussions, dormant for a while, have picked up again recently and are described as “serious” by both sources. A third source close to the situation said the discussions with Disney are “definitely real”—and more so than before—but cautioned against saying any deal has been reached.

Providence Equity Partners owns 10 percent of the joint venture in exchange for an early $100 million investment; NBC Universal (NYSE: GE) and News Corp each own 45 percent. One plan, according to one source, is for Disney to get something close to parity with the media companies, possibly with performance incentives. But it is difficult to see NBCU and News Corp agreeing to parity—a healthy stake, yes, but the others are likely to want their first-in status to equal larger shares than those coming in now.

The deal sounds similar to variations I was told were discussed with CBS (NYSE: CBS). Instead, Hulu wound up yanking its programming off CBS Interactive’s TV.com, which signed a distribution deal before parent CNET was acquired by CBS, over contractual issues. The result: gaping holes in the programming for Hulu and TV.com. Disney has stayed away, though, focusing primarily on delivering its broadband programming through its own players on its own sites.

But would serious equity be enough or would Disney insist that NBCU and News Corp. extend their commitments to Hulu for NBC, Fox and various cable nets beyond the remaining year? The exclusivity makes Hulu the only conduit for PC-based distribution; as is the case with NBC and Fox, ABC still would be able to distribute its content through its own players on its own sites. That kind of assurance from NBCU and News Corp. would seem even more important given a variety of issues, including the pending departure of Hulu board member Peter Chernin, who played a key role in making the JV happen as COO of News Corp., and the pressure from cable operators like Comcast (a Hulu distribution partner through its Fancast portal) to fold in online access to broadcast and cable programming with cable subscriptions. Disney also could agree to a non-exclusive deal, which means it would keep the rights to co-distribute its content—but that would put a significant equity stake in doubt.

I was told some outsiders are reading too much in to the idea of parity. On the notion of commitment, that source told me: “In terms of commitments, I would think all the parties would want to be equal in terms of what their commitments are.” That would include the amount of content, scope of involvement and the integration within each organization.

Why now? One source says, “Hulu has more scale (than the networks), which is why I think they’re back at the table.” Hulu.com recently celebrated the first anniversary of leaving beta and is in the midst of a national branding campaign that started during the Super Bowl with an ad featuring 30 Rock‘s Alec Baldwin. Stats released this week by comScore (NSDQ: SCOR) Video Metrix showed Hulu with a 33 percent increase in viewed videos following the ad. Hulu delivered 333 million videos in February, ranking fourth in U.S. video properties with 2.5 percent. Hulu’s share is small compared to YouTube but not compared to the standalone networks. In the same comScore report for February, Viacom (NYSE: VIA) Digital Network accounted for 1.9 percent of videos delivered, with Disney Online and CBS Interactive each just under 1 percent.
Chris

RichC2 03-27-09 02:27 PM

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Hope ABC and CBS eventually sign on. While I could just as easily go to ABC.com and watch stuff, it's just way more convenient on Hulu.

Love this service.

Palaver 03-27-09 02:29 PM

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This would be great news. I don't like ABC's interface. You have to click continue after each commercial break.

DJariya 03-27-09 02:31 PM

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ABC's programs would be a nice addition. Love being able to go to 1 central location to watch my streaming shows (when I am forced to watch it that way)

However, why do some shows have limited availability? I was going to watch Sanctuary, the Sci-Fi channel show that premiered last fall and was re-posted on Hulu, and the episodes literally had less then 1 month availability before they were pulled.

BTW, if you were a fan of the Outer Limits (the 90's version). Select episodes are posted on there now.

orangecrush 03-27-09 02:46 PM

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I would be quite happy if the disney chanel content were available on hulu.

devilshalo 03-27-09 04:09 PM

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Originally Posted by DJariya (Post 9353285)
BTW, if you were a fan of the Outer Limits (the 90's version). Select episodes are posted on there now.

Free, naked Alyssa Milano!?!?!?! :up: :drool:

DJariya 03-27-09 05:20 PM

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Originally Posted by devilshalo (Post 9353529)
Free, naked Alyssa Milano!?!?!?! :up: :drool:

That particular episode you speak of happens to be on there.

CKMorpheus 03-27-09 09:03 PM

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Originally Posted by DJariya (Post 9353685)
That particular episode you speak of happens to be on there.

Enlighten us!

zekeburger1979 03-27-09 09:57 PM

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The episode is titled "Caught in the Act" and when you go to view it, Hulu asks you to sign in since it's a episode rated Mature.

<object width="512" height="296"><param name="movie" value="http://www.hulu.com/embed/gE7dCXH49zZeu1FU-_43bQ"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.hulu.com/embed/gE7dCXH49zZeu1FU-_43bQ" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullScreen="true" width="512" height="296"></embed></object>

The good stuff starts at about the 11:50 mark.

gogogadget 03-27-09 11:26 PM

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Dick Wolf's ill-received Conviction is finally on there. Everytime Eric Balfour is on a series, it tanks.

Blu Man 03-27-09 11:33 PM

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I love Hulu. In fact I just finished watching an episode of Dollhouse on that site. I'm about to watch another episode and then watch the Dollhouse that is on tonight and i'll be caught up.

MLBFan24 03-28-09 01:02 AM

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Originally Posted by gogogadget (Post 9354243)
Dick Wolf's ill-received Conviction is finally on there. Everytime Eric Balfour is on a series, it tanks.

except 24 :up:

Rypro 525 03-28-09 04:54 AM

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Originally Posted by MLBFan24 (Post 9354375)
except 24 :up:

and he was in early Six Feet Under episodes too

mnementh 03-28-09 05:57 AM


Originally Posted by Rypro 525 (Post 9354478)
and he was in early Six Feet Under episodes too

He was in the pilot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If his character hadn't been killed off, maybe the show would've tanked.


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