“Who Do You Think You Are?” Seasons 4 and 5 are Now Available on Hulu

Who-Do-You-Think-You-ArePast episodes of the U.S. version of Who Do You Think You Are? are now available on Hulu, the streaming video channel available on the Internet. Only season 4 (2013) and season 5 (2014) episodes are available, however. Those programs include the following guest celebrities:

Season 4:

Kelly Clarkson
Christina Applegate
Chelsea Handler
Zooey Deschanel
Chris O’Donnell
Cindy Crawford
Trisha Yearwood
Jim Parsons

Season 5:

Cynthia NixonJesse Tyler Ferguson
Rachel McAdams
Valerie Bertinelli
Kelsey Grammer
Minnie Driver

Hulu is an on-demand streaming video service available on the Internet. Subscribers can watch movies and television shows on computers, tablet computers, smartphones, “smart” television sets, Roku, Apple TV, Playstation, Xbox game consoles, and other devices for a monthly subscription fee. Prices start at $7.99 a month and includes not only “Who Do You Think You Are?” but thousands of movies, television programs, and other streaming media. Hulu is offered only to users in Japan and the United States and its overseas territories. Viewers in other countries will need to use a VPN or similar technology to view the episodes. (For an explanation of watching foreign television using VPNs, see my earlier article, How to Watch Genealogy and Other Television Programs from Other Countries, at http://goo.gl/fPMonw.)

I frequently watch movies and television programs on Hulu by accessing it on an Apple TV device and occasionally from hotel rooms by using a laptop or tablet computer. It works well as long as a moderately high-speed Internet connection is available.

The one-hour Who Do You Think You Are? programs are condensed to about 42 minutes on Hulu as most of the commercials have been deleted. In their place, Hulu typically adds one or two of their own commercials but only at the beginning and sometimes one commercial in mid-program. None of the videos of the celebrities and their ancestry have been deleted. I find watching television programs on Hulu to be much more pleasant than watching the same programs on broadcast or cable channels simply because of the fewer obnoxious commercial interruptions.

Even better, with the online streaming video services, you can watch the programs and movies whenever you want. You are not constrained to watching only at a time selected by the broadcasters. I now watch Hulu and Netflix and Amazon Instant Video and Apple TV much more often than I do cable or broadcast channels. I rarely watch “regular” television except for news programs and an occasional live football or hockey game.

You might find a Hulu subscription to be worth $7.99 a month if it has content of interest to you. You can learn more about Who Do You Think You Are? on Hulu at http://www.hulu.com/who-do-you-think-you-are.

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