The first time I saw the Alec Baldwin hulu commercial, I was hooked.
Granted, I’ve never been a big fan of this Baldwin (or any of them, actually, except Adam Baldwin, who’s not one of the Baldwin clan and who I know only from Firefly anyway, so I’m not a “big fan” of his either, I suppose), but there’s something about him that I’ve long found . . . I don’t know if “attractive” is the right word, or “sexy,” but . . . well, something good but indefinable. And that clip sort of catches that quality for me.
It was also the first time that I’d heard of hulu.com, and once I got over my intense pleasure and amusement at them using the mind-mush argument that so many people who think they are “better” than those who watch television espouse, I was intrigued.
Not all that long ago, I joined the growing number of people who no longer have a home phone; I use only my cell phone these days. It took me a while to come around, though, and the comfort and security of a home phone were hard to relinquish–even after I’d switched to Vonage and could therefore not make calls if my power (or internet) went out. Go figure. I mean that was the main argument for retaining a home phone, right? That I could use it in an emergency should I lose power. But as we’ve learned from a range of catastrophes from 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina, you can’t get through to people via home (or cell) phones when the system is overloaded or down or whatever.
Besides, I had Vonage. And I still used my cell phone all the time; literally months could go by without my using my home phone (it never rang, I never made calls on it, though I did occasionally pick it up to make sure it had a dial tone). So why keep paying for it? Hmmm, thought I, and I cancelled it. Haven’t missed it, either. Sure, I have to be more careful about my cell phone in terms of keeping it charged and remembering to “unmute” the ringer after meetings or whatever and remembering to take it out of my purse when I get home (or I couldn’t hear it from anywhere in the house unless I was next to my purse, which who is? I mean at home, you don’t really carry your purse around with you, right?).
Anyway, this same line of thought has been going through my head with regard to cable. I pay a friggin‘ fortune for cable, and I don’t even have any “special” channels like HBO or whatever. I do have the not quite standard package that includes the History Channel, Bravo, AMC, Sci-Fi, A&E, and a few others, but I’ve realized lately that I usually don’t watch “my” shows when they are on (except Lost, which I almost always never forget to watch). I used to tape them, but that’s a pain; I don’t have Tivo, so that’s not an option. I just watch them online.
Every show I’ve wanted to see from Supernatural to Super-Size Me, I’ve been able to watch online. The network sites usually upload the most recent show the very next day after it airs on television, so it’s not like I even have to wait ages for it to be available. If I can’t find it through “regular” channels (so to speak), I can usually find what I want on YouTube. I also will catch the occasional horror flick on FEARnet. And now there’s hulu. If you haven’t checked the site out, it’s worth a looksee. They have it all, right there, ready to turn your brain to goo; how great is that?
It will probably take me a while to get to it, but I’m pretty sure that cable will soon be a thing of the past in my home. I do like that the television is larger than my computer screen (who in the world ever thought that mini-televisions or *gasp* watching a show on an iPhone would be good except when you’re stuck at the airport?). I’ll use my television to watch videos. Or maybe as a paperweight.