What benefits does it provide to users? The greatest benefit here is on-demand viewing. Unlike audiences of regular television or films, the hulu.com audience can pick and choose what they want to watch and when they want to watch it. Viewers are not limited to watching shows on their computers, as the service can be connected a regular television. Hulu.com also allows their content to be embedded on other websites.
Why is it better than comparable services? Because of the agreements and exclusive arrangements with both broadcast and cable networks, along with major film studios, hulu.com can and does offer the widest range of streaming video content available. As far as produced, premium content on the Web, hulu.com is the industry leader. Just some of the networks streaming on hulu.com are PBS, USA, Bravo, FX, NFL, Sundance, E!, G4, A&E, Oxygen, etc. Two of the most popular shows on television, The Colbert Report and The Daily Show, find a big part of their viewership on Hulu. The website also has deals with record labels to provide exclusive concert performances and music videos.
Okay, how do I get it? Signing up for an account at hulu.com is free and you can begin to watch streaming content right away. When you subscribe to Hulu Plus, the paid monthly service, expanded content and full seasons also become available immediately. Watching Hulu content on anything besides a computer, tablet, or smartphone will require an HDMI or similar connector to interface with the external device, usually a regular television.
What could be the future of the service? Networks and production companies are just beginning to figure out how to make money with the streaming video model. Itís certain, however, that the future of home entertainment will include fewer companies with a larger piece of the pie. For example, netflix.com also offers a similar streaming service, but it is having difficulty with both deals and delivery, losing market share to hulu.com. In the not too distant future, along with the other services that Smart TVs provide, a subscription to Hulu could make DVD rentals and your cable bill a thing of the past.
Introducing Hulu.com's Streaming Video
What is it? Hulu.com provides streaming video for free of select content from Web series, television, and films. This free content is advertiser supported. It also provides unlimited video streaming for a monthly paid-subscription. The streaming video available through paid subscription also contain advertisements, but the content is expanded, with more episodes available and, in some cases, full seasons of featured television shows.