Hulu has not been traditionally available in the U.K. People who wish to watch Seinfeld, Empire, Wayward Pines or new shows like Second Chance have not been able to do so before now. Americans traveling and living abroad have had to miss out. As a person who travels a lot, I have had to miss out.
Now, I can access my Hulu account in the U.K. If you want to do this too; you will have to get a Smart DNS Proxy account. With Smart DNS Proxy, you won’t have to worry about slow speeds. Slow speeds are annoying and can make your video stops half way through the show. Smart DNS Proxy also lets you access your show through different devices such as Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 & 4, Android phones, Apple TV and Chromecast, etc. Installation on these devices is easy. It is explained in the guidelines. Hulu is blocked everywhere outside of the United States. My trips to Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Canada, had to be without my Hulu account.
Hulu gives you access to movies, TV shows, and trailers. Hulu even has it’s own shows. Hulu Plus is the version of Hulu, which gives you the newest shows. Now, when you are in the U.K, you can access Hulu U.K. via Smart DNS Proxy.”
Hulu makes it easy to watch your favorite television shows. You can watch when you have the time and do no have to tied to your tv or DVR. You can also get sneak peaks at new shows that are coming up. I watched the first episode of Second Chance. As a Sci-Fi Fan, I liked it, the story made sense, even though there are few loop holes in the logic. The story lines about family are very good. It’s really all about how far will you go to hold your family together? Or how far would you go to keep your family together. Luckily the people doing it are billionaires and can literally afford anything. I am not sure the ratings will be that good. The general public tends NOT to like the sci-fi/crime stories. Almost Human was cancelled rather quickly, despite the handsome leads..
Hulu also allows you to binge watch. I love being able to watch several episodes at a time. It leaves a better impact on the story lines. You don’t lose context over time. You don’t have time to forget the important details. You can really get into the story and see more details. Recently Showtime has been airing some commercial free shows. If Showtime is available on Hulu, I no longer have to pay for it in my Direct TV package.
Overall, Hulu has just gotten better and better, and I don’t want to miss it when I travel to the U.K.
TV Business May Have to Start Trimming the Fat
In a recent Nielsen Ratings survey, statistics showed a staggering decline in the number of TV viewers in the year of 2012. With overall audience reduction nearing double digits, it leaves many to wonder what cause and effect such figures could have on the television industry.
It doesn’t take much retrospection to trace the decline in viewership back to the Internet. Prior to television’s hit on ratings, a similar industry, newspaper distributors was rattled by the introduction of the Internet. Speculators predicted in the late 90’s and early 21st century that the digital world would have a tremendous impact on newspaper user behavior. A shift in readership from paper to digital impacted the advertising industry, commerce, and hundreds of employees worldwide.
As with newspapers, the immediate impact of Internet availability on television usage has been minimal. However, in coming years, the TV business as we know it will be forced to evolve or it will cease to exist. The most visible changes in television consumption over the past six years include:
- Reduction in real-time viewing of television shows
- Simultaneous viewing of content on multiple outputs
- Increase in usage of On Demand and Streaming features
DVR systems are now commonplace in the vast majority of households with television sets. With the demanding schedules of individuals coupled with the convenience of digital video recorders, more and more people are opting to record and view programs at more opportune times. Modern day technology now enables sports enthusiasts and news junkies keep up to date with information using multiple outlets. A viewer may watch football on a laptop, smartphone, and television all at once. In addition to DVR systems, the Internet has also introduced the ability to stream live content directly to smartphones, tablets, and laptops anytime and anywhere with ipad and iphone tv apps.
The modern day consumer can watch exactly what they want while avoiding commercials as a result of the ability to stream content using sources like Hulu, Netflix, and On Demand. Now viewers have the ability to fast forward through ads and become more selective in what they choose to watch. As a result:
- Television networks will lose authority
- Satellite and cable television subscriptions will decrease
- Traditional television prices will fall
- Percentage of people who watch video on a computer will increase
As consumers become more selective in regards to when and what they watch, television networks will begin to break down. We can expect to see an improvement in content production, distribution, and acquisition of material. Plus, traditional networks will become more obsolete, uber-networks will acquire less profitable ones, and affiliate fees will decline. Selective demand will also reduce the amount of overpaid talent and managers which will trickle down to a consolidation of production, crews, and set costs.
In the end, cable and television companies will be forced to reduce their prices and become more efficient with the quality and quantity of material. As TV viewership declines, advertisements become less relevant, and the only solution is to “trim the fat.” Although television viewership is expected to fall drastically, but the TV business and related industries will undoubtedly suffer.
Author Bio: Jessica writes for iSatellitetv about directv packages and other tv technologies.