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You gotta check out Hulu.com!
Here's a description from the Hulu.com website:
The movie library is just as impressive. They've got great movies like the Usual Suspects, Three Amigos!, and the Big Lebowski. There may not be too many new releases available, but any movie collection that includes Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Hercules in New York, and Cheech & Chong's the Corsican Brothers is sure to have something for anyone and everyone. There's no information on the site on how long it takes for movies to be released. We'd assume it's sometime after DVD and VOD, but we don't know how long. In time we expect this delay to get shorter and shorter.
The whole site is ad supported, so it's totally free to viewers. You can watch whatever you want, as much as you want, whenever you want. Occasionally you'll see a brief ad before a show or clip starts, then ads will be inserted throughout the video, but not nearly as many as you see on TV. You can't fast forward through them. For a 45 minute TV episode we saw 3-4 commercials. Not a bad deal for the money.
What's the big deal?
But it doesn't stop there. Hulu has started to play with HD content. There's an "HD Gallery" on the site that currently holds 20 movie trailers. According to Eric Feng, chief technology officer of Hulu, each HD clip is encoded in full 720p. We weren't able to analyze it, but for online video it looked and sounded pretty darn good. If it is 720p, and it's capable of Dolby Digital audio, it might start to make a pretty serious argument for web based television as an alternative to classic broadcast TV.
System Requirements for viewing HD videos at Hulu
Posted by The HT Guys, April 10, 2008 11:45 PM
About The HT GuysThe HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.
Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.
ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.
Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.