From now until the end of March, you can watch every single episode of every single Star Trek series for free on Hulu. They just launched this, and there’s only a couple more weeks left in March, so you’d better take some vacation days if you’re going to get through everything.
In an effort to try and make itself even worse and Hulu Plus even less valuable, Hulu announced recently that they will be changing the Hulu Plus subscription plan so that it requires you to have a pre-existing cable TV subscription with a local provider. But, if I want cable, I’ll just fucking get cable. Fuck you, Hulu.
Last week, Fox’s new rules for its shows on Hulu went into effect— if haven’t signed up for Hulu Plus, you have to wait 8 days to see Fox shows. And not surprisingly, this has caused piracy of Fox TV shows to double in a short period of time.
TV review? I guess. Technically, The Booth at the End is a web series, but it’s episodic, so I guess it’s pretty close to a TV series in that regard. But while it’s episodic, it’s only five 22 minute episodes, so you could easily sit down and watch it in an evening like a movie. In any case, it’s a genuine diamond in the rough that is well worth your time if you’re a fan of Twilight Zone style macabre storytelling. It was one of those that I was hesitant to watch at first, and now that I’ve seen the whole thing, I’m glad I gave it a day in court, because it’s a truly memorable slice of TV.
If you’ve got an Xbox 360, there’s a brand new service on your machine today— Hulu Live. It does mean another paid service that you then have to have Xbox Gold (also paid) to use, but if you’re already paying for both services, it’s one more opportunity to use your 360 more and more as a multimedia machine. And you do get this first week for free if you want to just check it out.
Over the past couple of years, Hulu’s been pretty damn successful. Almost too successful for the likes of Hulu’s owners: NBC Universal, News Corp and Walt Disney, who are starting to feel that Hulu’s free streaming of shows is cutting into their traditional business model. So instead of molding their business model to fit the internet, they want to mold Hulu to fit their business model by reinventing the site as an online cable channel.
That’s just fucking great, isn’t it? This dick wagging contest between Cablevision and and the parent company of Fox and Newscorp have found a nice way around the freedom of using the internet. Anyone using Cablevision’s internet service to try to watch Fox shows will now get a message saying that they’re banned from viewing that content. Awesome.