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Hulu Online Video Streaming Review

Hulu Movies: First Impression

I was all jazzed up this week when Hulu, the free streaming video site went public. Since their movie service hasn't gained as much attention as their hyped-up TV service, I decided to take it for a test drive by connecting my MacBook Pro to my 50-inch HDTV for the full movie-watching experience. The movie selection isn't the greatest, but they plan to add many more titles as time goes on.

After selecting the Kevin Spacey movie K-Pax, I was required to sign-up for an account since the video had "mature content." Sign-up was quick and painless, and the movie started right away. To see what I thought about the sound quality and commercials,

Sound quality: Was excellent while listening through an external stereo receiver, and the video quality turned out to be OK. It was probably on par with normal TV, although it looked like there were fewer frames (probably 20) when there was alot of action, as the picture looked choppy.

Commercials: Probably about 8-10 throughout the entire movie, and they were much louder than the actual movie (you can't help but pay attention). Ads are much shortly than normal TV (about 15-25 seconds), and ticker ads would periodically appear at the bottom of the screen. . . but they weren't overly distracting or annoying. Overall, for a free service it was pretty good, although I don't think I'd want to expense out for this service anytime soon unless the picture quality improved.

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MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I watched a movie on it last night. The quality is terrible and the sound is even worse. I had my computer's sound maxed and could barely heart the talking at times. I have Bose surround in the room I watch TV in, so that's probably a non-issue. The commercials weren't as annoying as I thought; they were barely noticeable and weren't much louder than the movie. The poor quality is going to keep it from being a Netflix/Blockbuster Online killer, though.
calamari calamari 9 years
Hi Stanford, Since Hulu is supported by advertising, they would need to negotiate with advertisers in Thailand to support their service. Luckily, there is a way to get Hulu to work in other countries using something called a Virtual Private Network or VPN. It's an application that you will need to download and install. It connects your computer to a virtual private network in the U.S. so you can watch Hulu. I found this article that does a good job of walking you through downloading and installing the program. P.S. Connecting your computer to an unknown network can sound a little scary. But VPNs use what's called tunneling and encryption so they are typically quite safe. However, if you don't already, you probably want to have a username and password set up on your computer for a little extra protection. good luck :)
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Requiem for a Dream is a great movie.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Hmm, maybe I will try it!
stanford stanford 9 years
Can anyone tell me if Hulu is coming to other countries like Thailand u see, I'm from Canada and I really miss the shows and everytime i go to hulu it says this... "Unfortunately this video is not currently available in your country region. We apologize for the inconvenience." PLSSSS TELL ME i miss the shows sooo much!
omilawd omilawd 9 years
Just finished watching "Requiem for a Dream" on Hulu, and now I'm depressed. But Hulu is awesome from what I've experienced so far.
kaenai kaenai 9 years
Well, now I'm gonna have to try connecting my macbook pro to my TV. I've never even tried! But... they start this revolutionary service, and then... start it off with K-Pax?? :rotfl:
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 9 years
I am in love with Hulu. I can't wait to see what they bring in the future. I've been a beta tester for quite a while now and find it's perfect for what I need. And I am in love with the lower the lights option! LOL
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i figured out how to use Hulu in Canada (yay!) and watched 4 episodes of Firefly last night. i agree that the sound in the commercials being louder is quite annoying, but i just mute my stereo while the commercials are on. i also watched hulu while plugging in my macbook to my tv...although it is a 26" hdtv not a 50" like yours. :) I am overall quite happy with it. i like that they have SNL clips and pretty good movies. free is a good price, i think.
LadyAngel89 LadyAngel89 9 years
I love hulu! And for a computer screen the picture quality is fine. I don't have that great of a TV anyway and I'd much rather just sit with my laptop in bed than sit in the living room and hook up my computer to it. All in all it makes me smile, and I can watch my Pretender again!
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
Thanks for the review.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Thanks for reviewing this, now I know not to waste my time w/it. I used to watch TV shows online when my computer was in my bedroom, and it was so irritating that the itty bitty commercials were so much louder than the shows--especially since I watched them to fall asleep. Free or not, commercials just aren't worth it to me.
calamari calamari 9 years
I'm with you on this GeekSugar. You have a much nicer TV than I do, but I agree that the picture could get better and the ads are a bit loud. I'd also love to be able to attach comments to specific scenes during videos and have the option to view other users comments while watching a movie or tv show (sort of like pop-up video used to be on vh1)
ocpinay ocpinay 9 years
i've tried this while it was on beta too... the quality is quite good actually - haven't been on it for a while now though.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i've been on the beta site for a while now and love the content. it's great that it's live now and maybe there will be even more interaction.
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