The popularity of Hulu could be severely tested if the service begins charging fees to watch. Some Hulu executives have said that could happen as early as next year.
USC freshman Karan Lyons, 17, who is majoring in theater, said that most of the students who have TVs in his dorm use them only to play video games via Xbox and other consoles.
He doesn't have a TV, but watches a lot online.
"I watch more than I should," Lyons said, naming "Glee," "House" and "The Daily Show" as favorites available on Hulu.
"But I think it's better than when I watch actual TV. When I do that, and a show ends, it's so easy to sit there and keep watching the next show that comes on."
Shows are also available, unauthorized, on underground sites that are the bane of the TV (as well as movie) industry.
"You can download just about anything you want right after it's broadcast," said one user of these sites who asked that his name not be used.