Why Pay for Cable TV When You Have Hulu?

HuluDisney today announced that they are joining NBC Universal, News Corp and Providence Equity Partners as a joint partner in Hulu, and subsequently in streaming premium video content on the site. Why is this exciting? Because watching Lost on the ABC.com player sucks. Plus you have all your video in one place. Hulu has a simple UI and is fast.

With free premium content from “150 leading companies, including FOX, NBC Universal, Comedy Central, Lionsgate, MGM, MTV Networks, National Geographic, Paramount, PBS, Sony Pictures Television, and Warner Bros. Television Group”, what more could one ask for? Why pay for cable tv now?

Ok, well truth is I may need to continue paying for cable, for now. The shows I watch the most – 24, Prison Break, Lost, Office, Family Guy.. – are now all on Hulu; however, ESPN hasn’t made it there yet (despite the fact that it’s part of Disney!) which is kind of sad. CBS too. So no big changes yet.

I don’t mind the ads, though it would be great if I could figure how to get it to give me the option to watch all the ads at once in a 2-min span, as it sometimes does (anyone?). I use Hulu when traveling and its awesome when you can get some decent WiFi – it beats the funny channels at Holiday Inn and you can get Jack Bauer on-demand. Hulu is my “DVR” :). You can also view Hulu from overseas which is neat, although I couldn’t really attest to the viewing experience because there are a bunch of other dependent variables – location, speed etc..

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Offline Google Calendar Now Available

GMail LogoSoon after releasing offline access for GMail, Google now makes available offline Google Calendar. It was previously only available to Apps users but has now been turned on for everyone. Like offline GMail, offline GCal uses Gears to sync while online and make content available locally when offline.

The neat thing about this is that you can now have access to your schedule/agenda while on the go, and all in one place within GMail if you have enabled the Calendar gadget.

The downside is that calendar entries cannot be edited while offline for automatic syncing when you get back online. Hopefully this is a feature that will be introduced soon.