Hulu.com’s TV shows: subtitled or not?

I have been waiting with great anticipation for the day when hulu.com would open their doors to the hordes who wanted to watch TV shows on the web. Their grand opening was today!

So far, I’m pretty impressed with the collection of TV shows that have been made available for viewing on Hulu.com. I could see myself watching a TV show on hulu.com if there was nothing good on TV.

Of course, the big question on my mind: Are the TV shows subtitled or not? As a Deaf person, I’m often frustrated by many media sites when the subtitling of video clips is not included in their workflow for the conversion from the original format into a format suitable for web consumption. Media companies, a note for you all: Subtitling a video clip is not difficult task to accomplish!

So far, Hulu.com has been a mixed blessing. I jumped across several shows until I came upon one of my favorite TV shows, The Simpsons. What did I see? A “CC” icon! I was able to watch an entire Simpsons episode online with subtitles! Hulu.com has taken several promising steps toward the subtitling of the video clips. I’m glad that they at least displayed a few clips with subtitles so we know they have already developed the capability. The next step for Hulu.com is to put up a guarantee that their conversion process will always include subtitles for all TV shows where available.

Here’s a captioned Simpson episode for you to watch! [move your mouse over the video, you’ll see the CC icon and select ‘English’]

http://www.hulu.com/watch/9603/the-simpsons-love-springfieldian-style

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