If you enjoy Hulu as a free service, you probably know that using ad blocking extensions means you can’t stream content from the video hosting site. It asks you to disable them before streaming a show or clip. That fact aside, ads are a major source of revenue for websites and web services, and to block them is like using a service without paying for it. No Hulu Ads
is a Chrome extension that mutes the ads, blacking the player out for the interval that an ad is played. This doesn't necessarily mean you’re skipping them entirely; if you click on the player during the time an ad is supposed to be displayed, you will be redirected to the associated product or brand’s page. The extension also offers the option to pause a video and notify you as soon as an advertisement is over, so that you can resume watching the video from the exact spot you'd want to.
Some of the best online services are restricted to select locations. If you don’t live in the right part of the world, you are barred access to web services like Pandora and Hulu, which make for a great online radio and TV experience respectively. The workaround for most people in this case is to use a proxy that unblocks websites that restrict their viewers geographically, or that have been restricted by court ruling within a country. The only problem with proxies is that, with time, they start to stream slowly when the servers can't handle the influx of users and insert ads on websites that normally don’t have them. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) might give you better results, but only if you have a paid plan. Free VPN services are limited on bandwidth, and as their usability is spread across all internet traffic, they tend to slow everything down. Media Hint
is a proxy service with a dedicated Firefox add-on and Chrome extension meant to unblock Hulu and Pandora only.
Reading a movie review and wondering if it’s available on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes or anywhere else online? Thousands of episodes from various shows and seasons, mixed among random clips and videos, can be found on different websites. With the massive amount of choices online, finding a show or an episode of your favorite season to watch online can be pain. Clicker
, a Chrome extension, is a complete guide to internet television that makes it simple for you to find the right show at the right place. Clicker basically lets you find movie information, episodes and videos that are available online on various popular websites, such as Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and more. It integrates all these sources into one slick interface, so you can easily discover what's available to watch online.
Sometimes, while watching videos on websites like YouTube, Hulu and Vimeo, we need to stop the video because we’re short on time or might have to do something else. Situations like these can be really annoying, especially when you don’t know where you left off. Pause For Later
is a Chrome extension that allows you to pause videos and save them for watching later, when you have more time at hand. After installing the extension, click the button in the toolbar to pause and save videos. Moreover, videos are saved along with the Time Remaining, Paused
information. You may watch videos right from where you left off.
Internet censorship has been in the limelight for the past few weeks, due to the SOPA & PIPA bills originated in US and ACTA from Europe. What's the reason behind those bills and what political tensions are ensuing such change is just another debate. However, according to Wikipedia, “Internet censorship is the control or suppression of publishing of, or access to information on the internet
”. A lot of times, when visiting a website, or specially when browsing on YouTube, instead of the website or the video itself, we see a message saying that the particular item is not available in our country. Suddenly you turn extremely furious, and if the video was of something great importance to you, it looks like it ruined your day. What is most annoying about seeing that message is that there is no explanation as to why the particular content is blocked. Both religious and political aspects for that matter, can cause the blockage. Finding out the reason is probably something beyond your control, but what you can still do is actually visit the website or watch the video using tools such as SecurityKiss
, which grant you access in one way or the other. Another addition to the family is UnoTelly,
a portable application for Windows that allows you to access a lot of blocked website, including Hulu, Netflix, ABC, Fox, CBS etc. More details on UnoTelly up ahead.
Nobody likes ads, if people actually liked them, there would be TV shows about ads where people could see ads and then during the commercial break, they could see some more ads. While some video ads are admittedly good or even great and tend to go viral, not all are and the one place where you don’t like to see an ad is when you’re streaming videos online, just trying to relax and have a few laughs. For those persistent video ads, you can use AdBlock Video
, a Firefox extension that effectively skips ads on popular sites like Hulu, CBS, Fox, NBC and ABC. It removes any and all delays caused by ads and skips straight to the video you really wanted to watch.
I really hate that obnoxious text line which reads something like "this website cannot be accessed from your current location". Okay, no worries, we can use a VPN to gain access. There are many paid services which provide VPN and proxy services to access restricted websites like Hulu, Pandora, Spotify, etc., from anywhere. However, seldom do we come across free applications which have the potential of bypassing restrictions imposed by location restricted websites. TunnelBear
is a VPN application which gives US and UK based IPs to allow direct access to popular location restricted websites, without causing any streaming hiccups. When you use TunnelBear, your network traffic is routed through the Tunnel Bear VPN to disguise your actual location. Using TunnelBear, we were easily able to access location restricted websites like Hulu, Spotify and Pandora. Another noteworthy aspect of TunnelBear is that it is not an ad-supported application like other applications of its kind, such as, HotSpot Shield
Mobile phones are no longer devices to make just phone calls and stay in touch with your loved ones. A smartphone is a complete entertainment platform in itself. No matter if you are a music freak or a movie buff or like to follow your favorite shows on TV, your mobile phone can give you all that right in the palm of your hands. Watching the tube has become the favorite pastime for most of us today. Web services like Hulu, TvOnTv and Fancast allow users to enjoy their favorite programs, but some of them have a lot of restrictions, the most annoying of which is the barring of mobile devices from viewing their content. However, you don’t have to suffer anymore if you are an Android Gingerbread user. We have the perfect hack for you to counter this issue.
Hulu’s official mobile client has finally been released to the Android Market. Like its iOS variant Hulu Plus
for Android lets you browse and stream video clips from the Hulu website and with a $7.99/month Hulu Plus subscription, popular, old and current TV shows and whole movies on the go. Sadly, the initial release of Hulu Plus only supports six devices, namely, the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix. It seems selective compatibility has become sort of a trend in the video streaming genre of Android applications. And if Hulu decides to follow in the footsteps of the ever-elusive Netflix, the remaining lot of Android devices won’t be getting the app any time soon – officially, that is.
Good news for Hulu fans using Samsung Galaxy S Series devices (I9000, Fascinate, Epic 4G, Captivate, Vibrant, Mesmerize, Showcase) – if your device is running Android 2.2 FroYo, you can now enable Hulu access on it and watch all your favorite TV shows and movies right on your Android phone. Read on for the complete method.
Websites like YouTube provide minimum options for managing the size of the streaming videos. This creates the void for customizing and managing size options. A while back, we reviewed Windows Expander For YouTube
, which is a Google Chrome extension that enlarges YouTube videos to the size of the browser. Hence, making it easier to resize the video by changing the browser height and width. FlashResizer
is an even better extension for Firefox that not only allows size and quality management options for flash videos on YouTube and Hulu, but websites from all over the internet.
Lets be straight here, Windows 7 Media Center is an excellent tool to watch videos, news, shows, and more. The same goes with Hulu Desktop that brings thousands of shows at your fingertip. But what is lacking here is the integration of both apps.
Note that we are not talking about integrating Hulu in Windows Media Center, rather we are talking about integrating the ‘Hulu Desktop’ in Media Center. Read More
Hulu needs no introduction. Till yesterday, it had a desktop application for both Windows and Macs and no official application was available for Linux. We covered a post regarding how you can watch Hulu using Boxee
in Linux. But today, Hulu has released a desktop player for Linux. They are emailing all it's users talking about how Linux support has been the most requested feature.
A few days back I mentioned how you can use UltraVPN to watch Hulu from outside US since HotSpot Shield was banned. But the latest update of HotSpot Shield version 1.30 actually bypasses this ban, which means that now you can watch videos on Hulu again without any problems. Read More
Hulu offers streaming videos of TV shows and movies online for free. It has a desktop application for both Windows and Macs. The videos are currently offered to users in United States only. Sadly, there is no official desktop application available for Linux users. But you can still watch Hulu on your Ubuntu Linux desktop by using Boxee
. For those who don't know, it is a social media center that offers Hulu along with many other channels to be watched for free. It has a robust interface where you can enjoy various TV Shows, Movies, and Music.
When Hulu first launched, everyone was calling it a revolution in Internet TV. But visiting their website, browsing through their list of shows, and finally playing it just got a little boring. This is where SecondRun.tv comes in. It is a plugin for Windows Media Center that lets you play videos from Hulu, ABC and other networks directly without having to visit their websites. You can select the shows and navigate through them using Windows Media Center remote control. Read More
AVM(A Video Manager) is a free opensource tool that lets you manage and keep track of videos that are either in your local computer or online. In short, you can keep track of both offline and online videos together. It is currently in Beta 2. You can add any video file from your computer and it will save it in a simple-to-use list where you can access it later. Another great feature is that you can add Youtube or Hulu videos and later watch them in a web player. Read More
Hulu is one of the most popular video sites nowadays, and hearing from my US friends that they watch all their TV shows online doesn’t help to relieve the pain that it’s a region restricted website. The same is the issue with NBC, ABC and also Internet TV in Windows Media Center. While I may never understand why they have to restrict access to users outside of the US, I have understood a way to access them easily.