Well, I watch videos pretty regularly on both YouTube and Hulu, so the first thing that came to mind when I knew we would be comparing the video watching experience between the two, was the difference in…How do I say it? Professionalism, Commercialism, Uniformity? Essentially, Hulu is highly regulated in the content that it appears, in how they let you watch videos, how advertisments are experienced. The video quality is excellent. Youtube is a lot more variable in terms of all these things; particiuarly how and if the content is regulated, and the extent to which Youtube controls what is posted and what isn’t.
I watched an episode of Modern Family on Hulu and a video of Florence + The Machine performing “Shake it Out” on X-Factor UK on YouTube. My expectations were met. When I began my episode of Modern Family I was given the option to watch one long extended-form commercial and then watch the episode straight through without interruption, or to proceed with regular “commercial breaks”. I obviously selected the former, muted my hulu for 3 minutes and un-paused my itunes. Had I chosen the latter option, watching Modern Family would have been very much like watching it on a TV, with commercial breaks from big name sponsors. As an interesting note, Hulu also has a bar at the top of the screen asking if the ad is relevant to you. A great example of how the internet hones in on our interests to market more specifically to us. On YouTube, I actually experienced zero advertising before, after, at the bottom of the screen…while watching the performance. I watched my video in peace. After the video, and along the sides, I was simply provided with links to similar videos.
The different video viewing experiences between the two sites I think captures that they are run quite differently; by a large network with lots of regulations, versus more user-based.
To contrast YouTube and Hulu, I attempted to watch an episode of Family Guy. I visited Hulu first. The new episode was easy to find, and played with “Limited Commercial Interruption” courtesy of Sprint – meaning an ad played every few minutes. All in all, the quality and convince of Hulu outweighed its commercials.
My YouTube experience was not as positive, I could not find a full version of the episode I wanted, and there were even “fake” ones. FOX and their lawyers have done a more than decent job at enforcing ownership. Hulu has fewer videos overall, but if you’re going to sit down and spend a decent amount of time watching television on the internet, it is by far the better of the two.
I chose to compare the song “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls on both YouTube and Hulu. I don’t normally use Hulu for anything except for TV shows, so I was interested to see what would come up when I searched it. On YouTube, the song had a bunch of links, only a few of them were actually legitimate links, which featured the music video. Others were the creations from different individuals, who chose to upload the song with their own pictures as background, or featuring lyrics. I clicked on the original music video, which showed an advertisement before the video actually started. YouTube is known for having advertisements before videos, especially if they are the actual featured music videos. However, this search engine is a lot easier to use for music, unlike Hulu, which is primarily geared toward TV shows and clips. When I searched “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls on Hulu, it came up with Goo Goo Dolls Live sessions that were featured on TV, where they maybe were hosted on TV talk shows and then played at the end. They were mostly from MTV and VH1 shows, where I could watch their band play the song, but not the actual music video. Both of these websites provide the ability to listen to the song, but it shows up in different forms. I was able to come to the conclusion that YouTube is better for listening, while Hulu is better for watching.
YouTube and Hulu are both extremely popular websites for viewing clips of television shows, music, movies, and much more. I personally always use YouTube specifically just for watching music videos. Since I only watch TV shows on ch131 and realistically would never watch a show on YouTube, I decided to look up the same music video on both YouTube and Hulu for this assignment. The music video I chose to watch was Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi. This song immediately showed up as a primary result on YouTube with several different videos listed, all of really good quality. YouTube tells you how many views the video has, when it was uploaded, who uploaded it, and lastly shows several comments posted by others about the video.
Although these two sites serve a similar purpose, the types of content available have some differences. When I typed in this same song into Hulu, several other results came up involving Kanye West, but not the video that I was looking for. Instead all of the results were more TV show based and included clips from television programs and events starring Kanye West. I started to look around Hulu some more and I have discovered that Hulu is excellent for watching popular television shows and movies, while YouTube is definitely better for shorter clips and music videos. Since I was already on Hulu I decided to watch a random video just to see the quality differences, and I have to say that Hulu has less annoying advertisements and has an overall better quality than YouTube does. Hulu also has a place for comments, and overall I would have to say that both of these websites are fantastic for their own unique purposes. Now that I have discovered Hulu maybe I will start using it to catch up on missed shows instead of ch131!
I decided to search a Rihanna music video on YouTube and a Rihanna music video on Hulu to compare and contrast the two. I normally always go to YouTube when searching for a music video or clip because there is a wide variety of options, which is the main difference I found between YouTube and Hulu. I searched “We Found Love” on YouTube and it came up with many search results and versions, some official videos and some unofficial videos. When I tried to search the same video on Hulu I could not find it, only other Rihanna music videos. Although both sites are a good place to search for clips and music videos, I find Hulu to be more professional. The video quality is very good and you are also able to watch TV shows or movies on Hulu, which may be harder to find on YouTube.
YouTube is definitely my go to place to search for videos, songs or clips from shows or movies, and even though Hulu’s quality is better, it won’t change my practices.
For this blog post, I wanted to find the same video on both Hulu and YouTube. I decided to look up the latest episode of the television show Parks and Recreation, called “The Smallest Park.”
The 22 minute episode was easy to find on Hulu. After 30 seconds of advertisements, the episode is available to watch. Throughout the episode, there were three advertisement breaks that lasted one minute long. For this viewing, I saw advertisements for a Christmas Barbie, Geico, and the yellow pages. I noticed that Hulu gives the viewer the option to change the advertisement they are forced to watch. However, it is annoying that these advertisements cannot be skipped. Hulu also offers additional episodes and clips of Parks and Recreation.
I could not find “The Smallest Park” on YouTube. YouTube offers a number of other videos related to Parks and Recreation (such as interviews with the actors, bloopers, extended scenes, and clips). I found a few videos of the episode that I was looking for, but they had all been removed due to copyright infringement.
As an official content provider, Hulu is able to offer current television episodes with brief commercial interruptions to the public. Youtube, on the other hand, is framed as an amateur space for online content. Though the official episode of the television show I was looking for was unavailable, I was given a number of additional unofficial/behind-the-scenes videos of the show.
I watched an episode of “American Horror Story” on Hulu and a video on YouTube (Look At This Car!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF8GhC-T_Mo ). When comparing the two, I found that they both had advertisements, however the YouTube video’s advertisement was a banner ad at the bottom of the video, whereas the Hulu ads were more like short commercial breaks. This makes me think of Hulu as a sort of T.V. provider, which in some sense it is. The quality of video on Hulu is much sharper than YouTube, which also lends an air of it being more professional and official content. The video “Look At This Car!!” is very obviously amateur, as there is someone taping another guy interact in a funny conversation. I like this about YouTube, however, because there are a lot of things that happen in life that are random and funny, and it’s cool when you can capture that and share that experience. There was one other thing I found interesting when I compared the two. On the Hulu site, when you are searching for certain T.V. shows, the search results look at the letters you type in and match those letters with the most popular show. So when I type in the letters “Am” I get results of “American Horror Story,” “Pan Am,” and “American Dad!” When I type into YouTube’s search the word “look” I see the video I was searching for in the results, but see several versions of the song “Look at me now” by Chris Brown (which, on a side note, has an awesome rap by Busta Rhymes) that come before it. This is an exception, because most times when you type in a word, you don’t even see the amateur video you were looking for in the auto search. Because Hulu is automatically linked with professionally made shows, the ones you are looking for show up in your search. But YouTube has so much amateur as well as some professional content, that it seems as though the professional content (like songs) show up, and the amateur content has to be sought out.
First, I watched the new internet sensation Jimmy Kimmel’s “I ate all your Halloween Candy” on youtube. Aside from the obvious amateur footage there were a few other differences from that of the Hulu clip I watched. Instead of an opening advertisement, the youtube clip contained a small ‘ads by google’ box advertising a Military Razor. The box was small enough that it didn’t really bother me or distract from the video content. At the upper right corner of the ad there was a small box where you could ‘x’ out of the ad and it would disappear entirely. Because the video was uploaded by an ordinary citizen and not a entertainment company there really weren’t any copyright infringements that I could notice accompanying the video.
I watched a movie trailer called “Goon” on hulu. Prior to the trailer, their was a breif ad that anounced “the following trailer is brought to you by Charity Water. The ad was not avoidable, but it was brief and didn’t really bother me too much. On Hulu only official content like movies, tv shows and trailers are available. On Hulu I didn’t notice many copyright laws or warnings either.
I think copyright issues have become increasingly relevant to all of us because of the fundamental structure of the internet. I torrent music but not excessively and I usually stay away from downloading movies (mainly because of Netflix or 4Star). I really think that businesses are kidding themselves if they think they will be able to stop people from “pirating” music or movies. I don’t think this is good or bad necessarily, its just the way it is. It is so easy to grab music or a video from others that I don’t think it would be practical to try and stop it among average users. I especially think that the piracy video we watch was completely over the top. Stealing a car is not the same as downloading music. It would actually be more like copying someones car for free and leaving their car completely intact. The fact that companies have sought hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlements from users that didn’t make any monetary gain from it is crazy. Music was made to be heard, not to be bought and sold and controlled by large record labels and studios. This does not mean that artists should not get benefits for their music and most artists don’t make a giant amount of money from CD sales and DVD sales. I think that trying to regulate something as broad and pervasive as file sharing undermines freedom of expression and fair access to information that the internet ideal is based on and the current trend in copyright laws ought to be reevaluated.
For my Youtube and Hulu exploration, I decided to use the same video clip to best compare and contrast the two websites – an SNL clip addressing the recent Kardashian divorce scandal. First, I watched it on Hulu. Before the clip started, there was a brief advertisement that lasted around 5 seconds. The resolution of the video and sound quality were phenomenal, with a proper fade in at the beginning and fade out at the end. At the end there was an advertisement for SNL, followed by a list of recommended videos. In a short period of time it then automatically transported me to a new clip.
For Youtube, there was no wait in the beginning – I was brought directly to the video clip. I’m not sure if this is a new thing, because there used to be advertisements on YouTube, but for me, this time at least, there wasn’t one. The video clip was clearly taken from another source, like secondhand off the television, and the sound and image quality were less than impressive. There was a list of recommendations at the end, like with Hulu, but it leaves it on this screen until the viewer decides to take some sort of action.
The main difference between these websites has to do with quality and the use of advertisements. Hulu looks much more professional and legitamate, but takes longer to get to the content you wish to view. Youtube is quick and easy, but the image and sound tend to fall short.