The era of streaming services is here and the sooner you embrace it the better. Nowadays, as long as you have access to the internet, you can watch network television shows and video clips as well as feature movies anywhere in the United States thanks to internet TV providers. One such provider is Hulu.
Founded in 2007, Hulu offers its services through its official website Hulu.com or at other sites run by its distribution partners such as Yahoo!, MSN, MySpace, and AOL. Through Hulu, you can access professional, high-quality videos from more than 150 providers such as Sony Pictures Television, Disney, Fox, Warner Brothers and NBC. But come to think of it, how does Hulu work? Here’s how:
The Hulu Website
For starters, Hulu.com is powered by Adobe Flash technology that integrates both the video and the viewer controls into an interactive Flash presentation. Hulu can be accessed through a host of Web browsers including Safari 2.0 and higher, Firefox and higher as well as Internet Explorer 6.0 and higher. For clearer streams, your Flash player must be version 9.0.115 or higher or version 126.96.36.199 or higher.
When at Hulu.com, a slideshow pops up, presenting to you the most watched shows but with an option that allows you to filter what you want to watch.
You can click on the Collections or Channels tab and choose the video you wish to watch by category. Alternatively, you can click on any of the many links spread all over the page to access among other things, the featured, most watched and recently added videos.
Be sure to use the search function at the top of the page if you want to be more precise about what you would like to watch. While you’re at it, click on the thumbnail or link to watch the video.
At the end of every video, there are suggestions of what else you may be interested in watching based on the category of the video you have just watched.
Licensing and Intellectual Property Issues
To make sure that what is watched at Hulu.com does not violate copyrights and licensing laws, the provider uses geo-blocking so that Hulu.com is exclusively accessed by people residing in the United States.
Geo- blocking refers limiting the accessibility of content depending on the geographic location. In essence, this means that while you can still access Hulu.com from outside the United States, you cannot access the videos, films, and television shows.
Nonetheless, areas outside the scope of coverage are encouraged to stay to tuned and that they will be notified when the service is available in their location. According to the information provided on Hulu.com, the company is striving to make its services available across the globe within the shortest time possible. You can always contact Hulu’s customer care desk if you can’t access while in the United States.
To avoid the hassle of having to open your Web browser to access Hulu videos, the provider launched Hulu Desktop, free software that can be downloaded and installed on your computer. Hulu Desktop is powered by the Adobe AIR framework and is compatible with most operating systems.