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Watch Free Online TV With Hulu.com

by The Happy Rock on December 30, 2008

For those that don’t know about Hulu.com yet, here is the inside scoop.

Hulu offers TV shows, movies, and clips direct through the internet to your computer screen for free.  It was founded by NBC but is managed independently and the content is kept free through tactful advertising.

Content: Hulu brings together a large selection of videos from more than 100 content providers, including FOX, NBC Universal, MGM, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros. and more. Users can choose from more than 900 current primetime TV hits such as The Simpsons, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Office the morning after they air, classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The A Team, Airwolf and Married…with Children, movies like Men in Black, Ghostbusters, and The Karate Kid, and clips from Saturday Night Live, Friends and other popular TV shows and movies. – From Hulu About Page

Now you know, check it out.  Just don’t watch too much TV at work. 

*Update – Jim @ Bargaineering commented that Sling.com and TV.com are very similar sites.

You can even embed Hulu videos in your web content. Here is some wonderful personal finance advice courtesy of Saturday Night Live.

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Aaron December 30, 2008 at 10:25 am

Hulu is awesome! My wife and I have a pretty regular date night using Hulu. We hook up her laptop to the TV and have a nice night relaxing and enjoying shows we enjoy. WITHOUT the cable bill. I wrote about this over at our website – http://www.whereyouarenow.com/blog/2008/12/29/hulucom-replaced-the-cable-company

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jim December 30, 2008 at 10:30 am

Hulu is great, Sling.com and TV.com are some other good competitors.

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spillingbuckets December 30, 2008 at 10:45 pm

And even better: Dave Ramsey’s “Fox Business Channel” show is now on Hulu.

It’s a great site.

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Jessica W December 31, 2008 at 6:19 am

Their site is great, but unfortunately currently video watching is available only for US residence.

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The Happy Rock January 2, 2009 at 1:16 pm

@Aaron – Thanks for sharing your post.

@Jim – Great info!

@Spillingbuckets – I will have to check it out, I haven’t seen him on TV. That might be a great resource.

@Jessica W – Thanks for the info, hopefully their business model will expand soon.

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ChristianPF January 2, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Yea, we watched a whole season of Arrested Development on Hulu and now we catch up on Office episodes that we miss on it as well…

I am excited about the whole merging of the internet and TV, I think some cool things are going to happen…

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Pete January 4, 2009 at 12:07 am

We watch Hulu all the time – on our regular TV – not on the computer. We use a software called Playon to serve the hulu videos from our computer to our Xbox 360. The shows play amazing, and only once in a while will it stutter or have problems. I’d highly recommend it to anyone trying to dump cable TV. and you CAN watch it on your TV – it isn’t just for the computer anymore!

p.s you can watch netflix and other services through xbox too – check it out!

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The Happy Rock January 4, 2009 at 1:06 am

@ChristianPF – The Office is great! It will be interesting to see what the future holds. There are some great minds out there trying to innovate.

@Pete – Nice little setup. I don’t personally have a XBOX 360, but thanks for the great information!

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Krunk January 7, 2009 at 5:48 am

Another neat thing if you have an Xbox 360 and a Netflix account is that they’ve teamed up together where you can stream both SD and HD quality videos from Netflix onto your TV.

The Xbox 360 is setting itself up to be your main home entertainment center.

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The Happy Rock January 7, 2009 at 7:52 am

@Krunk – The 360 does seem to have positioned itself well, better than the PS3. Unfortunately, I have a TIVO series 2 which doesn’t support the Netflix instant download. The series three boxes do though.

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PT Money January 9, 2009 at 2:01 pm

I don’t know what I love more, Hulu or this video clip. “…now take the money away.”

I found this link list Gizmoto put together for all the TV shows online: http://gizmodo.com/5061851/internet-tv-universal-remote-quick-links-to-all-free-shows

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John March 20, 2009 at 9:00 am

Unfortunately, sling requires you purchase a box for 179.00, while HULU is free, just type hulu.com and view.

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The Happy Rock March 21, 2009 at 12:05 pm

@PT Money – Thanks for the link!

@John,

Thanks for commenting.

I think you are maybe thinking of Slingbox, Sling.com just shares movies from other movie sites like Hulu, NBC, etc. I think it is the same company though. Check it out.

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Tim August 30, 2009 at 10:02 pm

The problem with Hulu is that only US customers can watch it. I live in Australia and I would love a similiar service (with ads of course) for fast streaming.

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Mike January 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Hulu is great. The only thing is that is doesn´t allow you to view it from outsite the US. Internet TV Software does. Check it out on my site.

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