One of the things they promised us in the heyday of the 1990s Internet boom was the end of television and a brave new world of high quality video online, on demand. Well, we’re still waiting. Youtube is great for short clips, but not designed for the technical (or legal) challenge of serving up whole TV shows or movies.
However, things are getting better. You can pay for reasonably good entertainment, and you can even watch some things for free on network websites (not to mention the many universities and other groups putting video online). But nobody has come quite as close to the original promise as Hulu.com. This promising new site seems to strike a decent balance between commercials and content. They have entire seasons of several decent television shows and a small library of movies–all available for free. So is Hulu the future of Hollywood online? Check it out and let us know what you think.