When I was a kid, I’d seriously get giddy about flicks or shows that began with the subtitle, “In the not too distant future.” They were always movies that tended to have really cool vehicles and plenty of action. Today I’m here to say that the not too distant future is the here and now. I’m talking about the launch of Hulu.com.
Hulu is a joint web venture between some of the biggest networks and studios to deliver free, ad-supported content of you favorite shows and flicks with none of the guilt of watching ripped content. I’m literally watching the series premiere of Airwolf while I write this post. I haven’t seen the adventures of Stringfellow Hawke and his supersonic chopper since I was about 13 years old—and even those were reruns on the USA Network. Yet here I am, watching it for free with a fullscreen option.
I can honestly say if it wasn’t for people yappin’ about LOST the very next day, I’d never buy cable television again. Thanks to our 24-in iMac, which is just about the same size as our TV set, Mrs. Kyality and I have been plowing through the first 2 seasons of Friday Night Lights online. Yes, we're officially Panthers. And I’ve become a pro at sitting back on our couch and dual-wielding a Mighty Mouse and an Apple Remote. Unfortunately, when watching shows online, you can’t navigate single-handedly with just the remote as you can when in Apple’s Front Row app.
Wouldn’t it be sweet if the Apple Remote had a little scroll ball embedded in it that simply controlled your mouse movement? Ya know, just like a Mighty Mouse. In fact, they could call it a Mighty Mote. Check out my awesome Photoshop skillz:
Pretty good idea, huh. Eat your heart out Jony Ive!
Now, if there were only some way to get Hulu content over the AppleTV...
But such perfection might herald the apocalypse...
I'll be the first to admit, I haven't purchased a single TV episode on iTunes ever since NBC yanked The Office (and all of their other shows) off of iTunes. I doubt I'd ever get an AppleTV. But I definitely see myself using a Mac mini as an entertainment unit... in the not too distant future.
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