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Video: Hulu's new series, Freakish, was created by AwesomenessTV, which means its cast is filled with young social media stars you've never heard of. Still, the premise — high schoolers are menaced by mutants spawned after an accident at the local chemical plant — sounds pleasingly like a retro monster movie.

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Are you a fervent acolyte of the on-demand video streaming revolution and yet still yearn for some of the old-school television charm? OttoPlay is an add-on for Netflix (and YouTube and Hulu) that brings back the old channel surfing feel, letting you skip across "channels." It may be more rewarding than normal recommendations, at least.

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Hulu sees the crumbs on your rumpled t-shirt, your bloodshot eyes, and your diminishing will to live — and it does not approve. Unlike Netflix, which drops whole seasons of new original shows at once, Hulu won't be letting you binge watch its new original programming.

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YouTube pretty much won the video war years ago, but there are still plenty of people vying for some of the action. Remember Viddy? Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar thinks that his new startup video site, Vessel, offers a unique subscription-based model ($US3/month) that can pull YouTube stars over to a new platform. Long story short: Vessel will pay them more.

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We spend a lot of time talking about all the great films that are always a quick click away on our particular streaming platform of choice — and rightfully so. Hulu and Netflix do an admirable job of curating a rotating cast of blockbusters, art house sweethearts and critic-praising cinema. But to be honest, I also love bad movies.

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Slingshot, New Zealand's third largest ISP, has been operating its own VPN service for a year. Called Global Mode, it protects network traffic to and from Slingshot customers and lets them access otherwise geoblocked international sites. Now the carrier has come out and clearly stated that the service is explicitly for its customers to easily access Netflix and other blocked sites.

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In Hulu's ever-escalating battle to keep pirates at bay, the online media site has blocked access to its service via the more popular virtual private network (VPN) providers. While it will undoubtedly curtail international visitors, it has, unsurprisingly, caught legitimate users too.