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Hulu: This Week's Movie: 21 Grams

QuidQuid Definitely not a bananaRegistered User regular
edited January 2009 in Debate and/or Discourse
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Years ago it was predicted that while the internet would revolutionize many things, people would still be watching television and movies on TV because phone lines just couldn't send that much data conveniently. Then some jackass invented broad band. Still the naysayers claimed, no studio would ever stream their products on the internet for free!

Currently, those people are eating their own cocks.




Hulu launched publicly in March of '08 with, admittedly, slim pickings. However, over the year they've been adding to their programming. A lot to their programming. Some now in 480P no less. A quick list of the more popular: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Arrested Development, The Colbert Report.

Q: Pfft. Screw your live action stuff.

A: Then perhaps you'd enjoy Family Guy, Happy Tree Friends, American Dad, or The Simpsons. Or maybe you meant anime? Because they actually just started an anime channel with Mushi Shi, Death Note, and Astro Boy. Some are subbed, some are dubbed, but Hulu is working to get licensing for both versions of their anime.

Q: I remember this one show from years ago that was canceled, would they have that?

A: Obscure canceled shows are what makes Hulu great. Exosquad, Live Action The Tick, Dilbert, and probably some other stuff that I don't know about because, hey, it was canceled.

Q: But Quid, what about drama?

A: Do you like Life? How about ER? There's also Bones, Fringe, and the medical drama mac daddy of them all, House.

Q: I like movies too. You're going to tell me this shit's got movies too, doesn't it?

A: Fuck yeah it does. Nothing recent, but they do have gems such as Bedazzled, Night of the Living Dead, and The Fifth Element.




Now, this is all pretty great but it's not perfect. One, it's currently America only. Sorry Canada. And, uh, other places not Canada too I suppose. Though Hulu and their content providers are working on it since they want to reach as wide an audience as possible. There's also a possible quasi work around further below.

For a lot of shows, especially the newer ones, they only show the last few episodes. So if you're hoping to catch the latest season of House you'll be SOL outside of the last five episodes. Also, there are commercials. The bright side is that they're actually a lot shorter than the ones on television so it's not a big deal. I personally never mind them though since, well, it has to be payed for somehow and it's not that inconvenient.

Not all shows are streamed through their site. Some pages such as Lost's and SG-1's will merely link you to the studio's site to watch it there where ease of use will vary.

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That said, I'd like this thread to be about television/movies in general found on Hulu. Shows like House and Heroes obviously have their own threads, but this is a place to talk about and discover/rediscover stuff you didn't know was there and generally wouldn't have its own thread.


IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE OF AMERICA AND WISH TO USE HULU READ THE FOLLOWING
Pony wrote: »
I cleared this with Tube ahead of time to make sure this wasn't a violation of the "no warez/piracy" policy.

There is a piece of software called Hotspot Shield.

It is a VPN shield that is designed to increase your security when using wireless hotspot networks like at a coffee shop or whatever.

However, as a side-effect of the way VPNs work, they also allow you to watch television shows on websites like Hulu or Comedy Central or NBC.com

Normally, non-Americans cannot do this.

So, for those non-Americans who want to enjoy Hulu, go get Hotspot Shield.

When you have it turned on, it does put an ad bar at the top of every web-page you visit. You can close the bar, but it re-appears every time you go to a new page.

Of course, if you're using it to watch videos, you just close it, maximize the video, and don't worry about it.

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QUID'S WEEKLY MOVIE PICK

In order to make this thread a bit more active and to expose people to good stuff, every couple weeks a new movie will be recommended for your viewing pleasure. Whether or not this will be successful, I couldn't say. But I'm all for forum experiments. I'll be trying to balance the weekly movies evenhandedly and try to keep it different every time. If you have something you think would make for a good pick, please PM me, once for the time period I don't care how awesome you think some other movie is and want to nominate it instead, and I'll add it to the choices for that time period. After watching it, talk about it.

Though, for the sake of others, use spoilers in this thread.

This week's choice:

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21 Grams
What is the weight of life? Guilt? Revenge? Critically acclaimed Mexican director Alejandro Iñárritu (Amores Perros) weaves a tangled web of three characters who are suddenly pulled together by a freak car accident.

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  • Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Sorry Canada.

    You bastard.

    Seriously I wish that this existed here. It's easier and better than...other methods. Like subscribing to cable, say.

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  • DmanDman Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Sorry Canada.

    You bastard.

    Seriously I wish that this existed here. It's easier and better than...other methods. Like subscribing to cable, say.

    Yeah i heard about hulu a while ago. When it showed the inevitable "content not available in your region" message it hurt worse then when i found out newegg wouldn't ship to canada (but they do now so i have hope hulu will reach us eventually also).

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  • Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Hulu is the best thing in the existence of anything
    I just watched an episode of Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and before that I watched Daily Show and Colbert from last thursday and yeah

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  • SageinaRageSageinaRage Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I keep up with The Office on here, and I watched Basic Instinct not too long ago. I'm pretty happy with it, though I wish it would work better on my ubuntu machine.

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  • muninnmuninn Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Holy shit, Exosquad is on Hulu?!
    To the intertubes!!!!!!

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  • CherrnCherrn Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Sorry Europe :|

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  • Richard_DastardlyRichard_Dastardly Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I am finally reconnected with It's Always Sunny... without having to pay for that fancy cable package. Plus, Testees is hilarious.

    Hulu is gonna do for entertainment what Wikipedia did for knowledge.

    Edit: Is there any way for Canadian and Euro users to watch shit on Hulu? Like, some sort of anonymous IP thing?

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  • monikermoniker Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    It'll be interesting to see how all of this evolves since the internet is pretty much superior to anything else possible. Aside from actually going to a movie theatre, because that's still just fun in and of itself. With memory becoming so cheap it's not going to be too long before you could have the equivalent to the Library of Congress sitting on your desk, not to mention the actual Library of Congress being accessible through the intertubes.

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  • RandomEngyRandomEngy Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I'd like a Silverlight Hulu client.

    A man can dream.

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  • YarYar Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Europe and Canada: move to a real country.

    USA: I like HD, but Hulu is pretty awesome anyway. Any recommendations on a good way to stream this stuff to a television?

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  • AlectharAlecthar Alan Shore We're not territorial about that sort of thing, are we?Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I'm a big fan of Hulu. I mean, for me it offers a service for free that, frankly, I would probably be willing to pay for.

    Plus it encouraged various networks to create similar systems on their websites. Which is nice.

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  • TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I love Hulu. I also love the fact that it's not blocked at work. It's player is so much better than the major network websites...

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  • MalaysianShrewMalaysianShrew Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Yar wrote: »
    Europe and Canada: move to a real country.

    USA: I like HD, but Hulu is pretty awesome anyway. Any recommendations on a good way to stream this stuff to a television?

    This. I'm a big Hulu proponent but the problem is sometimes I want to watch tv with another live human being and I don't have a couch in front of my desk. Even if it were easy to stream it to my tv, that's a lot of cable to get from my room to the living room.

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  • AegisAegis Fear My Dance Overshot Toronto, Landed in OttawaRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Edit: Is there any way for Canadian and Euro users to watch shit on Hulu? Like, some sort of anonymous IP thing?

    It's not so much this (which is probably possible but also probably not discussable here), as a number of new internet-based technologies have been following this stupid trend of region encoding...for live streams. It's stupid, and probably OT.

    I've heard good things about Hulu and hopefully there'll be enough interest to open it to the rest of the world.

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  • clsCorwinclsCorwin Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    The comment about Exosquad reminded me (in terms of watching era for me) of Ronin Warriors. Man, that show rocked.

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Alecthar wrote: »
    I'm a big fan of Hulu. I mean, for me it offers a service for free that, frankly, I would probably be willing to pay for.

    Plus it encouraged various networks to create similar systems on their websites. Which is nice.

    Laptop+VGA Cable+External USB sound card.

    VGA to your HDTV, digital output to your receiver (because integrated sounds rapes your ears). Enjoy.

    We actually use my desktop, because it has wireless networking and I have a spare wireless keyboard/mouse (and obviously a spare power cable). It tucks behind the entertainment center (and is pretty quiet), and I leave the connections dangling and ready to go (power, USB for keyboard/mouse, and USB sound card which remains hooked up to receiver at all times).

    Drop in, boot up, go to hulu, and enjoy. At their 480p resolutions things actually upscale pretty decently, and of course widescreen content is displayed full-screen on a widescreen HDTV.

    I use the same setup for Netflix online.

    But, like I said, a laptop would work just as well.



    Really, though, I use it more at school than at home. I don't have a DVR here, and our cable service sucks (the quality is just bad). For every show that I can, I just watch them the next day on hulu...I have an RCA cable and external sound card (input interface for my guitar, which conveniently does stereo RCA out as well) going to my receiver, then out to TV. Enable TV as second monitor, push web browser over, watch hulu full-screen. Much prettier than our cable service, and no scheduling hassles.



    EDIT: And an external sound card capable of analog or digital (including SPDIF and AC3 passthrough) shouldn't run you more than like $30.

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  • redxredx I(x)=2(x)+1 whole numbersRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    It's really worth it to build a dedicated media box. For around $600 or so you can build a box with a terrabyte of disk space, that will act as a dvr, play streamed media, downloaded content, and then you can stream it all back out to wherever you are with Orb or similar products that require thought to use.

    It really doesn't take that much, and it will be awesome and useful for a good long while. It's totally worth it do it, if I had a TV worth using.


    damn, Hulu just barely doesn't work on my N810.


    Hulu is pretty damn cool. I haven't really played with it enough to tell how good it is at the whole rss thing. I think it will play well with google reader.

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  • mr_ekimmr_ekim Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I should also point out that if you don't have a laptop with video out, PlayOn allows you to stream Hulu, Netflix, CBS Online, and Youtube to your PS3, Xbox 360, and various uPnP players (such as Popcorn Hour) using your home computer as a transcoding server. The software has had some problems in the inital release, but is working relatively well now.

    PlayOn (Free 21 day trial, $30 to purchase)

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  • templewulftemplewulf The Team Chump USARegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Guys, I also downloaded PlayOn, and the usability for it varies. The PlayOn software is still in beta, but they're doing a good job of keeping up with hulu's changing API. If the thing finally stablizes, and I can reliably stream stuff from hulu without wondering whether it'll work on any given day, it's definitely worth the money.

    Why? I just discovered Firefly (and Dr. Horrible) thanks to hulu. Sweet Jesus, they actually cancelled this? Nathan Fillion is my new fucking hero!

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  • TL DRTL DR Not at all confident in his reflexive opinions of thingsRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Thanks in part to Hulu, I don't have cable. My main PC monitor is an LCD TV, and I pretty much just watch Daily Show/Colbert and movies or Showtime/HBO series.

    Protip (credit to Tav I think): Adblock Plus "http://ads.hulu.com/*"

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  • TavTav Irish Minister for DefenceRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Nope, not me... I'm one of the furriners :(

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  • QuidQuid Definitely not a banana Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Stilist would be the one. Though I didn't post it because, frankly, I feel a bit of a jackass blocking the incredibly few ads the site has.

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  • emnmnmeemnmnme Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Ironically, I first heard about Hulu from a bulletin some striking TV writers put on the internet a year ago. "Hulu is killing us writers by denying us a cut of the profits!" Then I went over to hulu to see what the fuss was about and have been a fan ever since. Thanks, striking writers!

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Quid wrote: »
    Stilist would be the one. Though I didn't post it because, frankly, I feel a bit of a jackass blocking the incredibly few ads the site has.

    Pretty much. I honestly don't mind watching the ads if it somehow means that the service is likely to continue. It's like, half what you'd get on a normal show.

    Though it was funny watching one of the Presidential debates and seeing ads for one of the candidates.



    If it wasn't for a few shows it's missing (and that aren't streamed on their networks' websites either) I'd probably cancel my cable.* As it is I watch about 60%+ of my shows on hulu...the only two that aren't on there that I simply couldn't do without are The Shield and Supernatural.


    * - Oh, wait, no I wouldn't...because the wife wouldn't go for it. But otherwise? Totally.

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  • TL DRTL DR Not at all confident in his reflexive opinions of thingsRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Quid wrote: »
    Stilist would be the one. Though I didn't post it because, frankly, I feel a bit of a jackass blocking the incredibly few ads the site has.

    I hate advertising with a passion, and I usually mute commercials or change the channel anyway.

    Other than the ads, my only beef with the site is the incomplete seasons/shows. Man, I do not want to watch new Simpsons or the same few episodes of Family Guy.

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  • monikermoniker Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Quid wrote: »
    Stilist would be the one. Though I didn't post it because, frankly, I feel a bit of a jackass blocking the incredibly few ads the site has.

    I hate advertising with a passion, and I usually mute commercials or change the channel anyway.

    Other than the ads, my only beef with the site is the incomplete seasons/shows. Man, I do not want to watch new Simpsons or the same few episodes of Family Guy.

    It'll get better with time. Look at Netflix.

    Cable and phone companies are probably freaking out over this, though. The FCC just ruled that wireless can have some of the good spectrum. Meaning that broadband isn't going to be a choice between the two, and if you can watch the programming you enjoy online then there's really no reason to go with either of 'em.

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  • PonyPony Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I cleared this with Tube ahead of time to make sure this wasn't a violation of the "no warez/piracy" policy.

    There is a piece of software called Hotspot Shield.

    It is a VPN shield that is designed to increase your security when using wireless hotspot networks like at a coffee shop or whatever.

    However, as a side-effect of the way VPNs work, they also allow you to watch television shows on websites like Hulu or Comedy Central or NBC.com

    Normally, non-Americans cannot do this.

    So, for those non-Americans who want to enjoy Hulu, go get Hotspot Shield.

    When you have it turned on, it does put an ad bar at the top of every web-page you visit. You can close the bar, but it re-appears every time you go to a new page.

    Of course, if you're using it to watch videos, you just close it, maximize the video, and don't worry about it.

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  • templewulftemplewulf The Team Chump USARegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    mcdermott wrote: »
    * - Oh, wait, no I wouldn't...because the wife wouldn't go for it. But otherwise? Totally.

    You too, huh?

    I don't like cable, because then we just end up mindlessly flipping channels until something interesting (barely) comes on. With hulu, I've already finished two series during my weekend lunchtime. If I can finally finish building a HTPC, I could probably convince my wife to cut out cable.

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  • KalkinoKalkino Buttons Londres Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I've only used Hulu a couple of times (that Joss Whedon Dr Horrible series) and liked what I saw. However being a foreigner that was quickly closed off. But it isn't all bad, we have some pretty good equivalents - like for example here in the UK the BBC runs a service called Iplayer - the image is pretty high quality and one can watch a huge range of shows, like for example the latest series of Heroes or some of the music shows like Jools Holland (the only time I've really used). It is only open to Uk residents though

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  • DmanDman Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Pony wrote: »
    I cleared this with Tube ahead of time to make sure this wasn't a violation of the "no warez/piracy" policy.

    There is a piece of software called Hotspot Shield.

    It is a VPN shield that is designed to increase your security when using wireless hotspot networks like at a coffee shop or whatever.

    However, as a side-effect of the way VPNs work, they also allow you to watch television shows on websites like Hulu or Comedy Central or NBC.com

    Normally, non-Americans cannot do this.

    So, for those non-Americans who want to enjoy Hulu, go get Hotspot Shield.

    When you have it turned on, it does put an ad bar at the top of every web-page you visit. You can close the bar, but it re-appears every time you go to a new page.

    Of course, if you're using it to watch videos, you just close it, maximize the video, and don't worry about it.

    I'm going to try this when I get home.
    Can anyone in Canada confirm that this works here?

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  • AmaranthAmaranth Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I tried that Hotspot Shield thing but it only lets you stream a certain amount in a month, which was annoying.

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  • DmanDman Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Amaranth wrote: »
    I tried that Hotspot Shield thing but it only lets you stream a certain amount in a month, which was annoying.

    I could probly live with that, if it works and I can watch a couple shows per week that aren't available somewhere else like comedy central or utube that will be good enough for me.

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Ars had an article yesterday, about MGM making a deal with YouTube to have full movies up there. I think they only have like, 3 to start with, and I have no idea about the quality, but maybe this kind of thing will finally take off.

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  • Loren MichaelLoren Michael Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Man it's slow. I'm in China. I just buy seasons of whatever on DVD for like a dollar. I use the dollars I save by eating for less than a dollar a day.

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  • RandomEngyRandomEngy Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Man it's slow. I'm in China. I just buy seasons of whatever on DVD for like a dollar. I use the dollars I save by eating for less than a dollar a day.

    You do know that's piracy, right?

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  • MrMonroeMrMonroe passed out on the floor nowRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I'm still waiting for Hulu to start offering per-season prices to get full seasons of individual shows without commercials, and for the networks to start going 'huh. We can make just as much money this way delivering a better product.'

    Because god damn the commercials are loud compared to the content, and that is just unconscionable.

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  • templewulftemplewulf The Team Chump USARegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Man it's slow. I'm in China. I just buy seasons of whatever on DVD for like a dollar. I use the dollars I save by eating for less than a dollar a day.

    Because food in China is cheap, or because you're eating the Chinese equivalent of Ramen In A Sack?

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  • Loren MichaelLoren Michael Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    RandomEngy wrote: »
    Man it's slow. I'm in China. I just buy seasons of whatever on DVD for like a dollar. I use the dollars I save by eating for less than a dollar a day.

    You do know that's piracy, right?

    No.

    They also come in Prada DVD cases with Gucci lining.

    But my point is, the internet in China is (normally) too damn slow when it comes to furriner video stuff even with a VPN, and the Chinese mafia has my back on this one anyways.

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  • TL DRTL DR Not at all confident in his reflexive opinions of thingsRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    RandomEngy wrote: »
    Man it's slow. I'm in China. I just buy seasons of whatever on DVD for like a dollar. I use the dollars I save by eating for less than a dollar a day.

    You do know that's piracy, right?

    :lol:

    Right. The ethical thing would be to either not watch the shows at all or go to an American Best Buy and purchase them.

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  • RandomEngyRandomEngy Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    So I guess the rule is: only talk about pirating stuff when you're in China?

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