What Are You Watching and How Are You Watching It?

I’m curious to know what everyone is watching and how they’re watching it. Are you watching network television, standard cable/satellite channels, premium channels, DVDs? Are you actually sitting down and watching shows on TV when they’re on, or are you using a DVR? Are you streaming them from services like Hulu?

I’ve found recently that I rarely watch anything when it’s actually aired. Heroes is about the only appointment television in my life at this point. Occasionally, I will sit down and watch something just because it’s on, but I usually do about seven or eight other things at the same time.

I have tried using streaming services online, but my Internet connection doesn’t really lend itself to that. I do record a lot on my DVR (for the rare occasion that I actually get to use the TV that’s hooked to my DVR).

So, I’m curious – are people still watching TV when it airs? I’m curious what the impact has been over the last year or two on traditional television advertising.

Hulu Sucks on a Satellite Connection

Earlier this week, I missed Fringe when it aired on Fox on Tuesday night. I decided I would try to catch up by checking it out on Hulu. Unfortunately, that was a disaster for me.

About 30 seconds into the video, it started skipping terribly, playing for about a second, then pausing for two or three, then playing another second or two, then pausing for another two to four seconds. I can only assume that the problem is due to my satellite Internet connection.

Hulu Now Open to the Public

A site called Hulu, which has been talked about a few times over at CenterNetworks, has gone public. It has been in private, invite-only beta mode for about six months.

Hulu per day for the last 30 days.
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There is a very quiet buzz about Hulu on the Internet. An old friend of mine blogged about the other day, making it sound much better than it actually seems to be. In one sentence, Jon said “I have been able to catch up on shows that I didn’t watch the first time around”. However, when I visited Hulu, I found that there isn’t much potential to catch up on episodes you missed, unless you just missed them within the last few weeks.

I visited Hulu for the first time expecting to see a huge collection of full episodes. Unfortunately, what I found was a site with a decent selection of series, but only a handful of episodes from each series. Hulu doesn’t seem to offer any episodes of new shows that you can’t currently find on the network sites (probably because Hulu is actually owned by NBC and NewsCorp – NewsCorp is the parent company of Fox Broadcasting).

It may just be me, but as long as the networks continue to offer streaming video of full episodes from their own Web sites, and as long as Hulu continues to hold only a handful of full episodes for each series, I just don’t see the point.

Anyway, you can check it out for yourself by visiting Hulu.