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Good streaming service but has flaws
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What’s It About?
HULU.COM, the video library joint venture between NBC and FOX, hosts a slew of TV shows, movies, and interview clips available for free online. You can watch everything from tween-friendly classics like Who's the Boss? and The A-Team to newer shows such as The Office (not for tweens) and Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? (fine for tweens). There are also a growing number of full-length feature films to watch.
Is It Any Good?
Hulu.com is such a great place for entertainment it's hard to believe it's free. There are commercials, usually for about 2 minutes, before the show starts, but less than you have to sit through during a traditional TV program. The site's organization is very intuitive and there are nice features like full-screen and "lower lights" that add to the viewing enjoyment. As the site becomes more popular, the review section will probably become a top resource for what to watch. Who needs cable, when you have Hulu?
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about which TV shows are appropriate for kids to watch and which ones aren't? What themes make a show good for all ages? What storylines should be reserved only for older teens and adults?
Are the story lines and characters in classic shows similar to today's shows? How?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Paid, Free (There are four separate pricing levels, Basic (which runs $5.99/month), Premium (which runs $11.99/month and eliminated ads), Basic + Live TV (which runs $54.99/month), and Premium + Live TV (which runs $60.99/month).)
- Release date: March 18, 2008
- Category: Photo & Video
- Publisher: Hulu, LLC.
- Version: 7.3
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Requires Android 5.0 and up
- Last updated: February 4, 2021
Our Editors Recommend
Entertainment video network is safe, fluffy fun.
Innovative video site puts users in charge.
Lots of great kids' media with layered parent controls.
For kids who love TV
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