Mar 20, 2008

On The Other Hand

So remember how I was dissing Hulu the other day?

Well, maybe they're not so bad after all.

Mrs. T was trying to explain the old "Cheezburger, Cheezburger" SNL skit to the Tadpoles just now and I suggested that she might find it on Hulu.

And there it was, along with a few hundred other classic SNL skits. (The skit is officially called "Olympia Restaurant" and was inspired by a diner the cast used to frequent near the studio. Places like this were fairly common in NYC in the 70s.)

Hulu makes it easy to link and share and embed all their video, so I'm posting it here for you. Some of my readers may be too young to remember this, but it was one of the skits that made Saturday Night Live famous back in the day. Take note of the people smoking in the restaurant and other period details... and also how not-that-different-than-2008 it looks otherwise (this is from 1978, I believe)


UPDATE: Seems you need to watch a :15 or :30 pre-roll commercial first. Curious as to your reactions to that. And if you click on the video as it opens, it will take you to the actual Hulu site where you can watch it full screen.

UPDATE 2: Seems that Hulu doesn't work in certain other countries. Or anywhere outside the US. Let me know if it blocks you like it did Dun.


Dun said...

My opinion is simple. I can't add image here, so I'll just post it here:

Hulu doesn't work in EU? :-)

Toad said...

Sorry about that Dun. I see you are in Slovenia. I wonder if it's the entire EU, certain other countries or just anywhere outside the US

Dun said...

It would be weird to exclude only certain EU countries. Yet evem more weird to exclude the complete EU that's really a big market? Well, there must be some logical reasons behind. :-)

raafi said...

I've been watching Chuck on Hulu since I'm rarely at home when it airs. I kind of like their service. The design feels clean; the player looks good. The organization of the library is a little cumbersome (like I really care what studio made what show?). Luckily, also, my new ad-blocking gizmo on my browser skips right past the commercials too. ;) It's like Tivo except, on my laptop and free.

Toad said...

@dun: I suspect it's some sort of legal thing having to do with paying for residuals outside of the US and all.

@raafi: I find that the picture quality degrades considerably when I watch things full screen on my 13" MacBook. Are you having similar issues or are you getting good pictures. (I find that iTunes downloads look fine full screen, fwiw)

raafi said...

Quality-wise, you're right. You can't beat iTunes. ABC's online player is pretty incredible though; a clunky, bloated interface, but the HD streams are great. Hulu, I'd put at the next tier down. More of a VHS kind of thing. Still, user experience-wise, the on-demandness of hulu I'd put higher than any of the ones I mention, and that counts for something.

toad's sixth reader said...

From the Chicago Pedantic Society:

The "Cheezborger, cheezborger" sketch was a direct lift from the way the mostly greek staff at a now famous (thanks to the sketch) chicago bar called The Billy Goat, actually behaved. and still do.

they have a very limited menu to say the least. and they actually take offence if you only order a single cheezborger. the double is the way to go.

awesome cheezborgers though.

Make the logo bigger said...

Pre-roll doesn’t bother me. I'm used to it from Spike/ifilm on all their stuff or most of the major news sites. I think the bigger hurdle for people will be more about watching content on the computer that's feature length that may not be the quality they're used to.