TV 2.0 Requires Hulu Lessons

Today’s official JoeShopping Blog post was written by Featured Blogger Whit.


Indoor antenna

I’m at a technological crossroads in my life. On one side lies the known comfort of satellite or cable television in all of its “on demand” and DVR glory, and on the other, not having satellite or cable television.

Doesn’t seem like much of a fight, does it? But hold on, there’s a dark horse in this race. Also, mixed metaphors! I’m looking at you, assorted fun gadgets.

There’s Apple TV, which allows movie and television show rentals via iTunes and Netflix (separate account required). It retails for under $100 (technically) and also allows you to wirelessly stream music from your networked computer through your home entertainment system. So that’s cool.

Apple TVThe not-cool of Apple TV is that you can’t access Hulu Plus, which means you either have to pay Apple per episode of your favorite program or wait forever until the show is available for Netflix streaming. What price this patience?

Google TV is another option, but it doesn’t have Hulu either.

I kind of want Hulu.

There are probably other options out there, but they seem to require a darker shade of geek belt, and that’s not me. However, I do need a Blu-ray player, and many of those now come with wi-fi connections and Hulu Plus.

And it isn’t just Blu-ray getting into the act. Many new HDTVs now have applications right in the set, and while I have no intention of opening up my personal Facebook account during family movie night, the idea of streaming the shows I want to my TV from inside my TV is kind of intriguing.


Samsung Smart TVs offer online and streaming applications pre-installed

Sony Streaming

Sony’s Streaming Player with Wi-Fi allows access to Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Pandora and more


Samsung Smart Blu-ray Players offer pre-installed apps for streaming movies and shows, too

So that’s where I’m at. Any suggestions? Feel free to shout them at me in the comments section.


Today’s official JoeShopping Blog post was written by Featured Blogger Whit, a.k.a. Whit Honea. You can find Whit at a number of blogs and websites including BabyCenter, DadCentric, UpTake, MamaPop, Savvy Source, Honea Express and a handful of AOL sites. In fact, by joining the team here at, he has officially contributed more to the internet than Al Gore, and that guy invented the darn thing! Whit lives in Seattle with his wife, their two boys and too many pets. Follow him on Twitter



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