Ditch Your Cable Company With Free, Legal Alternatives

Dave Drager 16-02-2008

Ditching your cable company has never been more viable than it is today. The rise of online, streaming TV shows allows you to save on one of the most expensive household bills if you are willing to sacrifice a bit of the convenience of having either a cable box or DVR. The main question you will need to ask yourself is what shows you actually enjoy watching. Several name brand shows are now available online in free, ad supported formats; if your particular shows are not available then you may be stuck with your cable company, at least for now. More and more shows are always coming online, so keep checking back to see if your favorite show is available.


1. Joost [No Longer Available]


Joost, formerly known at the Venice Project, is the undertaking of the creators of Skype and Kazaa. Using P2P protocol to deliver its video, it is a free, legal video service. Joost is currently in deals with several networks including CBS, VH1, MTV, other Viacom channels as well as several other video distribution networks. Joost’s interface is one of the best around, and is meant for a ‘big screen’. It is workable via mouse, keyboard, or remote control. The strong point of Joost is it’s interface and its content that is available so far. A sampling of currently available shows:

  • Star Trek: The Original Series
  • Jericho
  • CSI
  • MacGyver
  • GiJoe
  • Several VH1 Shows
  • Top Fifth Gear
  • Punk’d

Joost Star Trek

The weakness of Joost is also its content. Although there is a huge amount of content available, it is mainly niche content and is not very attractive for a large audience. Since there is so much content it is necessary to wade through much of it to find the gems. If Joost can get additional deals with other networks, it could really be the cable killer. However, since cable systems own stake in many distribution companies, I have a feeling that they are not very anxious to get their content online. Therein lies the problem – not a technical one but a political and dollars and cents problem.



2. Hulu

Hulu Interface

Hulu is where it’s ‘at’ if you want to watch many of your favorite shows online. It is a project of NBC Universal and News Corporation and is currently in private beta. If you want me to send you an invitation I currently have 10 invites – please add your email to the comments area and I will send one off. If I have used my invites up – please use [NO LONGER WORKS] InviteShare to get an invite.

The single biggest feature and draw of Hulu is the volume of shows available. Not all content is available but a handful of currently airing shows are available to stream, as well as a multitude of ‘Clips’. Shows currently available include (but are not limited to):

  • The Office
  • Family Guy
  • Saturday Night Live
  • American Gladiators
  • Prison Break
  • The Simpsons
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • House

As you can see – it is an impressive offering. Hulu also allows you to embed whole shows or clips into your website in a YouTube-esq fashion.


hulu interface playing

The downside (isn’t there always one!!) is that the interface isn’t the greatest. It is pretty apparent that this is meant to be a small screen offering; you need your mouse to navigate the shows.

Hulu offers a multitude of shows and therefore in my own eyes is the best video site currently out there. They are always adding more shows and as it moves out of beta we may see more providers sign on.

3. Episodes via Network Websites

The television networks are now streaming a lot of their content onto their own individual websites. Remember the writer’s strike that recently settled? That is what it was all about – the writers were not getting a fair share of online ad revenue.


Dealing with each individual network is a pain but if you know where to look there is a lot of content available.


Watch ABS shows for Free

This is a sampling of ABC shows are available:

  • Lost (HD)
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Ugly Betty
  • According to Jim





Shows such as:

  • Real World/Road Rules Challenge
  • My Sweet 16
  • The Hills

Discovery Channel/TLC/Animal Planet

  • Dirty Jobs
  • SmashLab
  • FlipThatHouse

There are too many networks to list all of them, but check out the website of your favorite network and see if they offer streaming shows online. You’ll be surprised to find that many of them do!

4. Miro

miro interface

Miro player is technically a video player. It does not have any direct content, so you need to be able to add content to it using RSS feeds.

Using its directory there are a plethora of Video podcasts available, such as Diggnation, Tekzilla, CBS News and much more. Adding this content to Miro is easy, however shows must be downloaded before you can watch them. Miro will gladly run in the background and download new shows as they are available. However, this can quickly add up to a lot of disk space lost, so you may want to customize your settings to only keep a few shows at a time.

The Killer feature of Miro is the integrated BitTorrent client. It allows you to set up an RSS feed of episodes which it will then automatically monitor and download. One such site that offers these types of RSS feeds is 3 Apps to Make Most of TORRENTs Read More .

So about that television provider…

As you can tell, the choices available for replacing your television provider are really getting viable. Although nothing beats plopping down in front of the television after a long hard day at work, products such as Joost almost replace your current set top box and actually Joost is rumored to be working with hardware providers on creating a Joost set top box. DVR functionality isn’t quite there yet; but with content being on-demand on many of the sites above, replacing a DVR may work for many people.

Have you already made the cut? Please let us know about your experiences with ditching your cable company!

_ _ _ _ _

UPDATE 1: (Hulu Invites)

Hi folks,

My name is Christina and I work at Hulu. I noticed a bunch of readers were interested in getting Hulu beta invites. We’ve created a page at that will provide the first 500 users a Hulu beta invitation. Just submit your email address and we will send you an automated email with your temporary login and password. We hope you will enjoy!

Let us know what you think after you check it out.

UPDATE 2: Sorry guys, all invites are already gone.


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  1. Chris
    February 12, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    There is a new site [Broken URL Removed] which provides links to a variety of TV episodes that are legal free to watch online in both the US and the UK. Links for site in Canada and Australia will be coming soon. So for a show like Heores there are links to watch the show in the UK on the BBC Iplayer or in the US through HULU or Fancast. The site also has links to YouTube shows which has episodes from 4OD and Demand Five in the UK. The US network site TheCW has been added with ABC, NBC, FOX and others coming soon.

  2. Joe
    January 16, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    I can't believe people still ask for "Hulu invites".

    Hulu is free at but afaik it only works for people located inside the USA.

  3. kris
    January 6, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    do you still have any Hulu invites or know where I can get one? $60/month for cable - yeah they're crazy, I'll need to start liking to read :)

  4. Nina
    January 5, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Great tip! Pls. send me a Hulu invite. Thanks

  5. Ben
    January 4, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Please send me an invite to

  6. bmw540er
    December 22, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Hello Dave can you send me an invite to thanks and Happy Holidays.

  7. kahlil
    December 7, 2009 at 10:57 am

    if u dont mind could u spare me an invite thanks!

  8. Jodi
    October 14, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Would love invite...Would also like more information about getting tv content without the cable bill...just cut it out....was over $200....way too much....I have been using fancast for most of my shows and then heading to lifetime for the others...been ok for now, but would like more alternatives which do not require me to be a computer programmer... Thanks everyone!!

  9. Derek
    September 20, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    please send me a HULU invite...thanks

  10. Ami
    July 11, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Please send me ahulu invite ?

  11. Patrick
    June 6, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Can I have a Hulu invite

  12. Justin
    May 15, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    what about....BOXEE?!

  13. John
    May 9, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Can I get a Hulu invite? Seen the Seth commercial using Family Guy and thought it was the greatest!!

  14. Dionne
    April 7, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    This was a very useful article, dropping my Cable today!!!

  15. xian
    February 16, 2009 at 6:28 am

    can i have an invitation to hulu
    this is my email



  16. Ricia
    February 3, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I would like an invite please to Hulu

  17. Jimi
    January 7, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Can I get a Hulu invite?

  18. kate
    December 31, 2008 at 12:43 pm

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    • Video output: Composite, RGB and Component
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    • Audio output: Two channel RCA audio
    • USB and USB Host connectors
    • Accepts SD cards and USB memory sticks

  19. watch sons of anarchy
    October 29, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    If you just search on your favorite search engine you can find episodes easily. Often they are even in HD.

  20. BoB Tollman
    September 30, 2008 at 11:28 am

    thanks for the info, I use this site for all my free movies, TV and cable viewing

  21. alejandro
    August 23, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    hey its great
    i want a invite too

  22. petey
    August 1, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    hulu invite please

  23. J.J.
    July 1, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Online Video Guide

  24. Sue
    May 17, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Hi I just have a question. Why is everyone asking for an invite to hulu? I just went to the site ans signed up. Does getting an invite get your special privileges as opposed to just signing up on the site? Any answers are appreciated

    • Tina
      May 17, 2008 at 4:13 pm

      Thist post was published in February. Hulu has probably opened up to the public in the meantime.

  25. John
    April 9, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    a hulu invite please at

  26. John
    April 9, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    A hulu invite please.

  27. John
    April 9, 2008 at 5:46 pm
  28. David La Buda
    March 12, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    I would love to get an invite to hulu

  29. Mike
    March 7, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Anyone else got a Hulu invite?

    Would be greatly appreciated :)

  30. jacque
    March 7, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    can someone please send me a hulu invite if they have extra please

  31. jacque
    March 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    hi i need a hulu invite

  32. Ken
    February 27, 2008 at 10:58 am

    I would love to get a hulu invite too!

    kenlee514 {-at-}

  33. Tyler Volz
    February 25, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Does anyone have a Hulu invite to spare?


  34. Jeremiah
    February 25, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    I don't quite see the stronger advantage in this live streaming or online viewing. I actually thought the title of the subject suggested that there was a cable connection alternative that perhaps decodes or unblocks network channels that are basically free in specific states as opposed to cable paid for cause it's not syndicated. it was my own dream. But this is rather an cool evolution to a revolution in watching your favorite programs. As it is obvious these sites will become better over time and get more programs that are popular to viewers to be seen by it's subscriber's; I like the idea of it. It still is a movement in itself and i would like to be a part of it. scount me in fellas im all about beatin the machine.

  35. sun
    February 21, 2008 at 1:50 am

    great article dave. I have been using joost for some time.

    Can you please send me an invite to hulu if you have one?

  36. Chris Wilson
    February 20, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Can I get a Hulu invite too plz


  37. Will
    February 20, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    could I have a Hulu invite please

  38. Moby
    February 20, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    love the article........can someone please send me a HULU invite at a million.

  39. hotdog556
    February 20, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Could I also have an invite to Hulu please?

  40. Tyler Poole
    February 19, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    I currently use the rss feeds from and and a bittorrent client to completely replace my cable. Hard drive space is not too big of an issue so i tend to manually delete the shows that i will never watch again. Its been working out great for me so far but i will definitely check out Hulu and FreeTube.

  41. Ben
    February 19, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Can someone send a hulu invite?

    my email is

    Thank you

  42. LEROY
    February 19, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Hey guys!
    Any of those Hulu invites left?
    Just got a subscription to netflix so now my internet-based television experience is almost complete.

    Plus my girlfriend complains about all the stuff we can't watch.

    Help me get her off my back.

    You understand....

    I need a Hulu invite...

    Something fierce...


  43. Pamela
    February 19, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Great Post! Can I have a HULU invite please Thanks!

  44. Glenn
    February 19, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Could I have an Hulu invite please? Thanks in advance!

  45. David (davidaah)
    February 19, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    could i get a hulu invite

  46. Val
    February 19, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Good article. I have been without cable for about 2 years. Currently I am paying $20 a month for internet which is great and saving me some cash. I get the main channels with an antenna (in HD), but I hardly ever watch my favorite shows when they air b/c I hate commercial. I download or watch them online and it has worked great for me. While the content I download isn't the greatest quality I can still watch it on my tv via streaming it to my xbox360 plus I don't have to sit through commercials. I also use most of the other services like Joost, but I have yet to try HULU, but would love to give it a try. If anyone has an invite they are willing to part with I would love to try it out. Email:

  47. Jason Nunez
    February 19, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Can I get an Invite?

  48. Shreela
    February 19, 2008 at 12:36 am

    I got mine, I think from InviteShares. Either my security/greasemonkey/noscript settings are messing with InviteShares, or I'm not smart enough to figure out how to send invites through InviteShares, because I can't click on an email address to send out invites. It gives me a confirm button instead, which I can't confirm at that time since I haven't sent one out.

    I can't highlight the email addresses to copy them either (probably a good thing for spam control, but darn). So I manually typed a few addresses into Tbird to send out some GrandCentral invites, but I'm not into that much trouble in order to send out invites to Hulu.

    So, take my comment nick, add to it, and I'll send it that way until I'm out.

  49. me
    February 18, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    I also have 10 invites, if you need one, email me at saphyrre [at]

  50. stephanie
    February 18, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Hi. would love to get an invite for Hulu!


  51. Nathan
    February 18, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Awesome, I just got a new TV/Video card to watch movies from my computer.

    Joost is pretty okay so far. Late for Hulu :\, but I wonder if they're offering the videos at the same or above resolution as broadcast.

    fromyellowtoorange atsignhere

    If anyone has any left.

  52. matrixclown
    February 18, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    The makeuseof beta invites are giving me a "email address already linked to a account" bug apprently.

    I would still love a Hulu invite to matrixclown [AT]
    thank you so much

    • conrad
      February 18, 2008 at 2:08 pm

      If anybody has any more invites and would not mind sending one my way at conrad[dot]davis[at]

  53. john
    February 18, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Please send me a Hulu invite. The Makeuseof readers 500 is used up or not working properly. If someone has some invites I would appreciate it.

  54. Brett
    February 18, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Don't need to replace cable till sites on the internet get better quality than TV. i only found ABC's Lost to be shown in HD. until all the other places get on that. ill stick to the guaranteed quality of TV.

  55. James
    February 18, 2008 at 11:12 am


    If there are any left, can you please send me a Hulu invite? Thanks!

  56. pat_v
    February 18, 2008 at 11:09 am

    I've seen Hula and Joost before. Nice to know that Miro has a built in rss and BT client.

    Its a bummer that some network websites don't have all their shows. I guess it depends on the deal between the network and the production company who made the show.

    Great article. Please send me a Hula invite if they are still available.


  57. sam
    February 18, 2008 at 10:40 am

    I would like Hulu Invite Code, thanks

  58. Scott
    February 18, 2008 at 10:37 am

    You mistakenly wrote that Joost has "Top Gear" available, but, unfortunately, that's not correct. They have "Fifth Gear," which is the same type of show, but nowhere near as good.

  59. Mike Ray
    February 18, 2008 at 10:37 am

    I would also like an invite for hulu if you have any. Thanks

    February 18, 2008 at 10:35 am

    which of these will work with dial up connection?


  61. Abhishek Sharma
    February 18, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Hulu looks great.btw could u send me an invite:

  62. Kris
    February 18, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Please could you invite me also!
    Thank you in advance.

    solitaryman666 AT hotmail DOT com

  63. Squatch
    February 18, 2008 at 9:21 am

    I like sports so I am screwed

  64. Neal
    February 18, 2008 at 9:16 am

    I would greatly appreciate an invite to HULU for dasneal AT yahoo dot com. Thanks in advance.

  65. James
    February 18, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Sry 2 be a bother, ne1 have invites for Hulu?


  66. alex
    February 18, 2008 at 8:38 am

    can i please have a hulu invite? thank you.

    alex A T stealingtime DO T com

  67. syldania
    February 18, 2008 at 8:34 am

    can anyone invite me to hulu

  68. Mike
    February 18, 2008 at 8:30 am

    Can I get a Hulu invite please

  69. Norm Thom
    February 18, 2008 at 8:06 am

    I should really like an invite to Hulu
    Thanks in advance

  70. Holmgren
    February 18, 2008 at 7:37 am

    Could someone send me an invite to Hulu?

    superphreak at gmail (dot) com

  71. John Griffiths
    February 18, 2008 at 7:05 am

    Cool stuff!

    would love an invite ?

  72. Marshall
    February 18, 2008 at 6:05 am

    How about this proposition, you give me an invite at or i jab ya in the gums with mi' screwdriver!

  73. Dave Drager
    February 18, 2008 at 11:55 am

    To anyone still looking for Hulu invites - a site has been set up by Hulu for Makeuseof readers to sign up for Hulu!

    500 invites total through this site. I'm all out of invites personally! They only give you 10.

  74. tyler
    February 18, 2008 at 4:36 am

    Send me an invite to Huru someone please. That would be bloody nice of you.

  75. Rob Cabral
    February 18, 2008 at 4:14 am


  76. Awais
    February 18, 2008 at 3:28 am

    can anyone invite me to hulu

    greatrauf (at) gmail (DOT) come

    sorry but i didnt want spam :-)

  77. Jon
    February 18, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Or use comcasts Fancast:

    Watch full episodes and you don't have to be a customer.... my favorite besides this is ABC's ad based version and Joost!

  78. Chucky C
    February 18, 2008 at 8:25 am

    I use for international content.

  79. J W
    February 18, 2008 at 1:36 am

    A Hulu invite would be excellent if someone has one.


  80. Jesse
    February 18, 2008 at 1:36 am

    If anybody has a Hulu invite I would much appreciate it.

    jtgamble AT gmail DOT com

  81. Wilcohol
    February 18, 2008 at 12:42 am

    I would like a hulu invite pls. Thanks ~

  82. DaveG
    February 18, 2008 at 12:38 am

    I gues you have to be in US to view the abc shows.

  83. JIMI
    February 18, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Great post! Can I grab a hulu invite also?

    • chris
      February 18, 2008 at 12:32 am

      give email for invite.

  84. Matthew
    February 17, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Can I get a HULU invite

    • chris
      February 18, 2008 at 12:33 am


  85. Shepard
    February 17, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Hi Dave,
    Can I please have an invite to hulu if you have any remaining??


  86. Shepard
    February 17, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Hi Dave,
    Can I please have an invite to hulu if you have any remaining??


  87. derek
    February 17, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    hulu invite plz


  88. trevor
    February 17, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    I'd love and extra invite if anyone has one. Thanks

    • chris
      February 18, 2008 at 12:35 am

      just sent

  89. mike
    February 17, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    If anyone has a hulu invite i would love it!. Thanks a bunch

  90. Scott Mead
    February 17, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    I would also like an invite to HULU, can anyone please send me an invite? thank you in advance. Great Artical.

  91. Sam Shneidman
    February 17, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    oops, i guess you'll need this to send me a hulu invite...

    thanks again!

  92. Sam Shneidman
    February 17, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Can I get a HULU invite?


  93. sundappled
    February 17, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Please may I have a hulu invite if you have any left?

    Great post and thanks so much for the information!

  94. jaison
    February 17, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Please with the HULU.

    U guys are awesome

    • chris
      February 18, 2008 at 12:39 am

      invite sent

  95. B
    February 17, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    I would love a hulu invite if anyone has one 8)

  96. insanezer0x
    February 17, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    can i get a hulu invite too


  97. Jayman
    February 17, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    I dumped my cable provider almost a year ago and I will never go back. We get Netflix and have seen all the great series that we've missed because we could not afford HBO/SHOWTIME and all the other providers. Now we just set up the que. We finished Dexter and are on Weeds. We've gone through all the Star Gate series. For regular broadcasts we have an antenna. We get 7 channels, but they compliment Netflix perfectly. PBS, ABC, NBC and a few other locals. My only regret is that I can't get the local Fox affilate (well, that and the History Channel.) I'm considering using a small dish (that's already attached to the house) and grabbing the free sat Fox LA affilate.
    The only thing is: I can't get rid of the Cable completely. I need something for internet and the phone company wants to own my cell, plus wants me to have a land line which I don't need.
    Well, I'm off to watch some commercial free TV.

  98. Trendsettr
    February 17, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Could i please get a hulu invite? thanks!

  99. Benjamin
    February 17, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    I would also love an invite, please.

  100. Robert Cook
    February 17, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Can I please get a hulu invite ? Thanks :-)

  101. Felix Hu
    February 17, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    I would love an invite to Hulu too to see what all the fuss is about.


  102. Digital
    February 17, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Can I also have a invite,

  103. rahul
    February 17, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    hulu invite please?

  104. jb
    February 17, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    any hulu invites still out there?

  105. Javiwankenobi
    February 17, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    You can put a stop to my boredom!! Please PLEAASE an invite to I need it more than anybody in here, see, i dont even have a cable company to diss... I just moved in and have no cable. PLEASE, PLEASE

  106. Monk3yPunk
    February 17, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    hey, thank for the article that awesome and i think these are amazing altenatives, i'll probably end up ditching my cable, also can anyone please send me an invite to Hulu at thanks.

  107. Jonathanq
    February 17, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Could you send me an invite for HULU...Thanks!

  108. Gregg Sewell
    February 17, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Please send a Hulu invite.


    gs (at) greggsewell (dot) com

  109. Robert W.
    February 17, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Hey, think I could get a Hulu invite?

  110. Super man
    February 17, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    could you please send me an invite, thanks!!

  111. Phreqd
    February 17, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    He said he doesn't have any more invites left. Stop asking! Geeze!

  112. Super man
    February 17, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Could you send me an invite please for hulu, thank you

  113. Cigr
    February 17, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    I'd love a Hulu invite.

    We're watching Joost right now on our tv and we love it. Anime, The Tick, Fantasy Island, World of Stupid...lots of stuff to watch if you're into things other then the usual dregs.

  114. Doug
    February 17, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Could you send me an invite for Hulu? Thanks!!!

  115. Ivan
    February 17, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    I would also really appreciate a hulu invite.


  116. Joe
    February 17, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    In invite from anyone would be great!


  117. Flye
    February 17, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Would really appreciate an invite to HULU looks really kewl would luv to check it out.

  118. Raf
    February 17, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    i know is probably too late, but please hulu invite?

  119. joe
    February 17, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    i use axisaccess

    a how to film is on metacafe

  120. Rob
    February 17, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Likewise on the Hulu invite, if anyone has any - Sharing is caring!

    Thanks a ton for the article!

  121. rahul
    February 17, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    hulu invite please...

    i will send out invites to those who request them...

  122. Bradley Allen
    February 17, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    I would be obliged for a Hulu invite. Can some one please send one my way?



  123. Jason
    February 17, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Invite to Hulu por favor?

    Thanks....will definitely do the same.

  124. Jeff
    February 17, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Some awesome sites, tried Joost and it was alright, but does anyone have an invite to Hulu, invite share has a long list.

    To send an invite click my name and it will take you to my contact page.


  125. Greg
    February 17, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Can i get an invite to Hulu perchance?

    Gamefreak059 (at)


  126. Alejandro
    February 17, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    I would be really grateful if someone sent a Hulu invite to me at

    I'm going to try Invite Share but if I get an invite here I'll gladly give my invites to the others from these comments.


  127. D
    February 17, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    A big point is missing from this article. Almost all of these options are for residents of USA only.

  128. Aticodejon
    February 17, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Brilliant post. Any chance you've an invite left?


  129. byron
    February 17, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Could you kindly send me an invite to HULU


  130. raycyn
    February 17, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    invite please

    thank you!

  131. Michael Mather
    February 17, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Can I please have a HULU invite? Thanks a lot.

  132. Dmitriy
    February 17, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    invite anybody?


  133. josh
    February 17, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    any chance i can get an invite to hulu
    meyer31 AT

  134. Dave
    February 17, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Looking for a HULU invite. Please and thank you.

  135. TheZorch
    February 17, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    I would like Hulu Invite Code.

  136. rahul
    February 17, 2008 at 6:32 pm




    and is there any way to tap into the cable companies to get their broadcasting online for free?

  137. john
    February 17, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    could i get an invite to hulu

  138. Jon Hughes
    February 17, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    I would love to give hulu a shot, if you have any invites left.

  139. Corey
    February 17, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Can I get a Hulu invite please?

  140. DavidStagno
    February 17, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Invite PLEASE!

  141. Michael Ocean
    February 17, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Hulu invite from anyone, please! I ditched cable and antenna TV, but I'm drowning in Netflix TV DVDs. :( I'd rather just stream!

  142. Raj Viswanathan
    February 17, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Can I please have an invite please...Thanks for the great information even if you don't have any..

  143. Nick
    February 17, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Hulu Invite? Probably to late but what the hell...

  144. Joe
    February 17, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Great article, saved and dugged!

    Can I get a Hulu invite too, please?

    I will pay it forward here, I hope everyone getting them are paying the favor forward... but for now, there is too.

  145. Hans
    February 17, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Could I please get a hulu invite as well?

  146. JWK
    February 17, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Could I get an invite to hulu??? sounds awesome..

  147. Alex
    February 17, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    can i have a hulu invite?

  148. John
    February 17, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    I know its not free, but Netflix offers unlimited online streaming for over 5000 shows and movies. As long as you have the one out at a time unlimited you can stream everything you want and they are adding stuff all the time.

  149. T
    February 17, 2008 at 5:44 pm > all =p

  150. Daniel
    February 17, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    I would love a hulu invite

  151. Henk
    February 17, 2008 at 5:29 pm


    Ditched my cable subscription almost a year ago. Stopped watching tv almost two years before that. Bought a Mac mini, hooked it up to the tv. Subscribed to a sh*t load of podcasts and since then: never a dull moment. I'm off cable for good (or as long as podcasts stay this spontaneous and fun as opposed to scripted crap on cable).


    • motech
      February 17, 2008 at 10:53 pm

      with apple tv we are very close to this reality . . .
      i mean im paying close to 130$ a month for TV . .
      soo. . . im sure i can pay itunes less and get away with more . .

      we're close . .

  152. Jon
    February 17, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Got any Hulu invites left, if so id love to try that out... Thanks!

  153. Greg
    February 17, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    I like, because its free and it has real live TV stations. Sites listed in the articles aren't really giving you real TV stations

  154. The Apple
    February 17, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    any Hulu invites left?

  155. Zach
    February 17, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Probably already used up, but I would love a Hulu invite.

  156. chris
    February 17, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    hi can i get a hulu invite? looks awesome.. chrisishere [at] gmail [dot] com

  157. Michael
    February 17, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Hulu Invite Please? Does it work on a mac?
    mikeleejordan AT

  158. mpninja
    February 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    could i get an invite if im not too late?

    • mpninja
      February 17, 2008 at 2:35 pm

      shoot too late, oh well. i'll try invite share

  159. Christina
    February 17, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Hi folks,

    My name is Christina and I work at Hulu. I noticed a bunch of readers were interested in getting Hulu beta invites. We've created a page at that will provide the first 500 users a Hulu beta invitation. Just submit your email address and we will send you an automated email with your temporary login and password. We hope you will enjoy!

    Let us know what you think after you check it out.

  160. Use Torrents
    February 17, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Using sites like allows one to download tv shows with expired copyrights legally.

  161. Scott
    February 17, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Another one to mention is TVU Networks and its Broadcasting ability. You can have your own channel to stream whatever shows you want, or you could just get the player and check out all the other channels out there.

    • Matt Alexander
      February 18, 2008 at 3:06 pm

      TVU Player is what I use. 24/7 Real time Comedy Central, sports channels, SpikeTV, ...

  162. Ashutosh Mishra
    February 17, 2008 at 9:28 am

    1.I use Miro.
    2.I like Hulu as well.
    3.I hate Joost.
    4.I hadn't heard of ABC before.


  163. Ryan
    February 17, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Better yet get a cheap LCD TV and connect your PC to it - like this dude has his
    ( ) .

    He even details how to use his TV to surf the net! Thanks to stumbleupon this set up I cut the cord a few months ago!

  164. Duncan
    February 17, 2008 at 3:45 am

    If one doesn't count those already with accounts (and I'm tallying correctly as well), then there should be one invite left, which I'd really appreciate one as I've ditched cable due to cost here in SF and NBC broadcasts very poorly out of San Jose so I'm missing the shows that you wrote are available via Hulu. (I.e. Not to just "try out", but to use fully and evangelize!)

    Btw, kudos on a great article and website! Cheers!

  165. nathan gathright
    February 17, 2008 at 2:53 am

    if I'm tallying correctly. I missed the hulu invites by one invite :(

    I'd like one if've you've got it

  166. Maniok
    February 17, 2008 at 1:45 am

    comments aren't working.

  167. Scott
    February 17, 2008 at 1:39 am

    I'd really like to try Hulu (any invites left?). Thanks!

  168. Zach
    February 17, 2008 at 12:57 am

    Way back when I first signed on with suscom it wasn't to bad, but when my bills started approaching a hundred dollars a month for cable internet and tv I called it quits. I have tried joost but wasn't impressed. I have been looking to get in on Hulu since I heard about it and would appreciate an invite if you've got another to spare. Awesome and concise article thanks Dave.


    • Dave Drager
      February 17, 2008 at 9:02 am

      Invitation sent - I'm all out of Invites now! Thanks for the interest everyone. Please use Inviteshare to try to get invited to Hulu or any other of the private beta websites.

  169. Chris
    February 17, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Great post!

    Can I get an invite?


  170. rpowe
    February 16, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Great post, mind if i get one your hulu invites?

    • Dave Drager
      February 17, 2008 at 12:12 am

      Sent Ryan!

  171. Shreela
    February 16, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    I signed up with InviteShare, and I believe I sent out a few invites to GrandCentral (but they're not showing up yet). If it doesn't work, I'll return here to try to get one.

  172. PeterD
    February 16, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Great post, if any are left could I get a Hulu invite please.

  173. Pam
    February 16, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    thank you so much for this list. i have never subscribed to cable! if you still have invites left, i would like to try hulu. - pam

    • Dave Drager
      February 16, 2008 at 11:26 pm

      Pam: Invite sent!

  174. RJ
    February 16, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Hey, do you think you could send me an invite?


    P.S. Great Newsletter!
    it's really been quite a help

    • Dave Drager
      February 16, 2008 at 11:10 pm

      RJ: Received this message: This email address has already been associated with a Hulu account. Did you sign up or is the site having problems with the invitations?

  175. Wants Hulu
    February 16, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Can you send me a Hulu invite also?


    • Dave Drager
      February 16, 2008 at 11:08 pm

      This email address has already been associated with a Hulu account.

      • DLC
        October 20, 2009 at 10:39 pm

        can i can an invite too? thank you!

  176. Draven
    February 16, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    love your site.....spare a hulu invite? thanks

    • Dave Drager
      February 16, 2008 at 11:07 pm

      Draven: I received this message: This email address has already been associated with a Hulu account.

      Looks like you already have one!

      • Aibek
        February 16, 2008 at 11:18 pm

        :-) :-)

  177. Sophism
    February 16, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    can i have invitation to HULU

    • Dave Drager
      February 16, 2008 at 11:02 pm

      Sent! Enjoy.

  178. Martin
    February 16, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    This is a great post.
    Could I also have an invite to hulu?

    • Dave Drager
      February 16, 2008 at 11:06 pm

      Martin, invite sent!

  179. Cubicle Dropout
    February 16, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    There are also free alternatives using free2air satellite setups. Not an internet based solution, but worth looking into

  180. Cedric
    February 16, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Never knew about any of these sites. Thanks for the heads up. I wouldn't mind an invite to hulu too please.


    • Dave Drager
      February 16, 2008 at 11:06 pm

      Invite sent Cedric!

  181. Andrae
    February 16, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Can I get a Hulu invite please :)

    • Dave Drager
      February 16, 2008 at 11:05 pm

      Just sent your invite.

  182. Nate
    February 16, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Could I get a Hulu invite?

    • Dave Drager
      February 16, 2008 at 11:03 pm


      • Maniok
        February 17, 2008 at 1:43 am

        Well those are all fine but Joost is not worth your time, Miro is overrated, Hulu is great but it's only for US (they don't update as often as I'd like). Plus these aren't real cable alternatives, they're not live most you just have to hope that your show becomes available and you have to watch right then and there (as in 2 days to watch it before it gets deleted)

        I highly recommend (because it's free) FreeTube( [Broken URL Removed] ), it's a more realistic cable solution, lets you watch certain TV channels in live video. So you can watch CNN or NBC as it airs - again you have to catch the schedules and watch what's on at that point but at least you're not left wondering whether it's going to work or not and it's not geo-restricted. All you need is windows media player or quicktime or an alternative plugin.

        There are a few bugs to it, like there's no schedules yet but it definitely works great.

      • Maniok
        February 17, 2008 at 1:44 am

        Try out , it's an actual real cable alternative and it's completely FREE to use.

      • Bryan
        January 14, 2009 at 2:32 am

        Dave, can I get an invite sir, thank you, Bryan.

      • Amber
        March 26, 2009 at 12:56 am

        oh please, can I have a hulu invite...I also need instructions! Im a total Non-techy. I heard that you can hook it up to your television as well, is this true? How do you do it?

    • gerri
      February 17, 2008 at 1:31 am

      can i get a invite to that web site hulu please
      my email adderss is BOOTS507@GMAIL.COM
      thank you,

  183. Chris Miller
    February 16, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Great article. I knew about Joost, but I never heard of hulu before. If you still have some invites left, could I snag one for hulu? With the network websites, you left out Fox. Fox allows you to view their shows a day after they air.

    • Bryan
      February 17, 2008 at 6:41 pm

      Streaming TV Episodes is the best site that I've found for looking up where to find television shows online. It links to most of the networks full episode players. The site also has many TV episodes from HULU available for those of you that don't have HULU accounts. Sorry I've no HULU invites though :/