A couple of years ago I decided that I wanted to go back to school and get some sort of degree. After some serious consideration, I started taking night classes to get a degree in Architectural Drafting and Design. Four days per week I arrived for class at 5:00 PM and made my way home at 11:00 PM. While I was attending classes, I was working a full time job. This left little room for free time and certain TV shows that I enjoyed.
After twenty-seven months of school and an Associates Degree, I had my weeknights back once again. All of my extra free time was divided out among a variety of things, one of which was not prime time television. When the weekends rolled around I did my best to catch any re-runs of shows that I enjoyed, but for the most part couldn’t follow any one show without setting aside time during the week to sit down and watch it.
As time passes I lost interest in alot of sitcoms and stuck to mostly shows that were educational and didn’t have a continues plot from episode to episode. This all changed when I realized that I could follow a number of shows in my own time without the use of a DVR.
While browsing my Lifehacker RSS feed, I came across a website called Hulu. On this site I could browse a variety of shows and setup a queue to watch them when they became available. While a number of networks and shows are not featured on Hulu, some very entertaining ones are.
Most shows are not updated immediately but become available on regular intervals. For instance, I have come to love the show House. Eight days after a new episode airs on TV, Hulu makes it available. While I’m not able to watch it on the same day as most others, I can follow the season. The big difference is that I can watch it during my downtime on Saturday morning, without the many commercial breaks that most people are forced to watch. During an hour long episode (which condenses down to about 40 minutes) I see five commercials on average. These commercials are spread out and last no longer than thirty seconds in most cases.
Thanks to Hulu, I’m able to watch some of my favorite TV shows without locking myself into viewing on a specific night of the week. While I could easily reach this same conclusion with DVR, I can’t justify the cost of using it only a couple times per week when I can view most of what I want to see right on Hulu for free.