Okay, okay... so this isn't IT Support related necessarily, but still cool none the less.
Do you use Hulu? If you said no, I'm about to melt your brain off.
Hulu is a place where can watch the past few episodes of shows like 30 Rock, The Office, Family Guy, Parks & Recreation, blah blah blah. They also have an extensive back log of older shows. Hop onto their site and you can watch until your eyes hurt.
Well, they just announced that they'll be having an iPhone & iPad app. Oh, and they'll also be coming with newer Blu-Ray players and TVs. Built In.
They're introducing Hulu Plus, their $10/month subscription service. For that flat fee, you'll be able to see the entire season of the big shows on ABC, FOX and NBC. Not just the most recent 5 episodes, like the website limits you.
I know what you're saying. You're all like, "So long, Cable!" Well, not so fast, friend. What if you watch Colbert Report? Oof. And what if you enjoy the finer things in life, like the National Hockey League. Well, you're still chained to the Man via Verizon, or worse, Comcast.
But I think we can all agree this is a step in the right direction.
By the way, if you read this and do have an iPhone or iPad, we'd love to help you take advantage of our IT Mobility solutions. Who knows, we might even take some time to help you download the Hulu app and catch the latest episode of Modern Family with you...
Don't bother worrying about her; the Hulu Hurricane TM
has already taken her.
I love me some Netflix. I really do. Not the whole, "get DVDs in the mail like my 70 year old Father" deal. I enjoy sitting back in my snuggie with a nice toasted turkey sandwich and firing up some 30 Rock on my 360, and if I'm so inclined, The Office as well. Netflix allows you to stream a portion of their library right to your 360, for about $8/mo. And I don't have to worry about shipping back the copy of ‘Hope Floats' I just watched. Who wants to deal with the Postal service? Not me. The whole thing is pretty killer.
But you know what's not killer? Hulu gobbling up all of NBC's TV shows. As of October 1, those two shows, and many others, will no longer be offered on Netflix's Watch Now. It looks like both Hulu and the Major networks realized people were getting stuff for free when there's money to be made! So those two signed a deal, and it seems like Hulu will be the online partner for a bunch of networks.
What's that you say? Hulu is free? It is for now, but don't count on it being like that for long. Just imagine, Comcast On Demand, whatever FiOS has for their TV shows, NBC.com, FOX.com, and all the other terrible streaming websites in one big place. That's going to be Hulu. And it's going to cost you. Even the Wall Street Journal iPhone app is going subscription based. Heck, we should probably start charging for this Trigon Blog.
With YouTube looking to be covering the online movie streaming business in the next year or so, someone's got to get in on the TV show pie. And can I say one thing? Why the heck did it take someone at YouTube THIS LONG to realize, "Hey, maybe we can make money by putting MOVIES on here, too!?" That guy should instantly become CEO.
Scratch that, someone make me YouTube's CEO. And get me some pie while we're at it.