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Creator: Hulu

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TV on the Internet!

Hulu, an evil plot to destroy the world, is a free, ad-supported streaming video site that plays full episodes, clips, and whole movies. It is a joint corporate venture by Fox, ABC and NBCnote  and carries content from all three networks, plus their sundry cable networks and motion picture studios, as well as various other providers. Essentially, it's broadcast television's answer to Netflix.

Because of international distribution rights, it can only be viewed on computers physically located in America and Japan (the Japanese website now owned by Nippon TV), unless you're behind 7 proxies with one of them in the right country. And only on computers, as Hulu specifically blocks out all set-top boxes and game consoles like the PS3 from accessing their programming through the regular web interface, ensuring that viewers watch the shows on television, not on a website connected to a television (laptops and monitors with HDMI outputs notwithstanding)...

Unless you buy Hulu Plus, an evil(er) plot to destroy the world, which opens up access to the PS3, Xbox 360, 3DS, Wii, Wii U, Internet televisions/streaming devices and Blu-ray players to receiving the service via a special app, though some programming remains restricted to PC-only. However it should be noted that even if you have Hulu Plus, you don't get to skip the commercials.

And if you have Hulu Plus, you also avoid Fox and ABC's "eight day block", which forces viewers to wait a full week before watching a new episode of a program online unless they have a subscription to a network-approved cable service or Hulu (and right now, only Dish Network can be authorized by Fox). All content is also made available 24/7 as opposed to the standard service rotating it on and off.

Oh, and see all those series down there? If it's an American series that isn't currently airing, expect there to be at least one complete season available to see. In many cases, whole series can be viewed. If it's an anime, chances are even higher that you'll have the whole series on hand, even if it's still airing. With professional subs. No more than 2 weeks behind Japan. Cue rejoicing followed by Archive Binge.

The service has been making a big push for British content since 2012, in an apparent effort to attract Anglophiles and curious viewers of the British shows' American remakes. It has also co-invested in some British shows, including The Wrong Mans and the most recent season of The Thick of It, which in-turn become Hulu exclusives (although Hulu hypes them as 'originals') once they've aired in the UK. They also seem to grab limited or short-ran series or that are more adult and less likely to appear on BBC America (like Misfits or Pramface). They also show British soaps and reality shows, such as Coronation Street and The Only Way Is Essex.

In 2014, in a significant deal with creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Hulu now manage streaming of all South Park episodes. Where they used to be available for free via South Park Studios' own website, unedited, the episodes are now on a new site on Comedy Central's domain which is managed by Hulu. The episodes are now bleeped for language and now have commercials inserted like other Hulu programming. When Season 18 of South Park premieres in September, the entire show will stop being available at the site, and from that point different seasons will then be available on a rotating basis like other shows on Hulu. Needless to say, fans are not happy.

Like its rivals Netflix and Amazon Prime, it has also branched out into original programming, such as the animated show The Awesomes and the supernatural comedy Deadbeat, although their shows haven't gotten as much press like Netflix's House of Cards or Amazon's Alpha House.

A similar service is Crackle, which is a free service that primarily hosts movies and TV shows owned by Sony.

Wanna help catalog? Pick a channel, select sort by name, and start writing down every series you see in the appropriate section. Watch out for both movies (those go to the film folder) and duplicates.

Content hosted on Hulu (free) includes, but is not limited to:

    open/close all folders 

    Anime 

    Film 

    Live-Action TV 
Sorted by hulu's channel system

Action and Adventure

Children/Family

Comedy

Drama

Horror and Suspense

Reality and Gameshows

Science Fiction

Talk and Interview

Other (Arts and Culture, News and Information, etc.)

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 


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