HOUSTON—The fall TV season is approaching fast, bringing you new episodes of your favorite shows. If you’re the kind of person who likes to watch shows online, there are some possible changes on the way you’ll want to know about.
In short, there are big three changes on the way, if the Variety memo holds true:
>> No more exclusivity: This might be good, because it means your favorite shows may no longer just be on Hulu but could also end up on YouTube or Netflix.
>> No more “full access” to shows: This means Hulu.com no longer has complete access to all TV shows on the major networks. TV networks can hold back certain shows or episodes.
>> Increase in commercials: At least one network, Fox, has expressed interest in putting in more commercials and pre-rolls.
In the end, you’ll still be able to watch your favorite shows online, but they might be a little harder to find, and you may have to wait longer than a day to see them. If you’re used to only going to Hulu.com, you might find yourself looking around and finding your favorite shows online -- like on the network’s website (e.g. CBS.com, NBC.com, etc.).
If you’re looking for another solution and want to ditch the cable company’s DVR, you might be interested in using your Windows computer to legally record your favorite TV shows.
All you need is a TV tuner card, at a cost of about $30 - $50. Just hook it up to your computer and a regular TV antenna, and it will scan all of your local channels. Windows users will find this especially easy to do using Windows Media Center.
Once it’s all hooked up, you can then tell it to record your favorite shows in full quality HD—no waiting for Hulu.com or any other website to put it online.