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Hulu to go public some time next year

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 16 Dec 2007 15:19 User comments (4)

Hulu to go public some time next year At the UBS Securities Media & Entertainment conference Jeff Zucker, CEO of NBC Universal (NBCU), announced that his company's joint online video venture in partnership with News Corp. should be going live sometime after the beginning of next year. Currently the service, called Hulu, is in private beta testing with an estimated 60,000 users.
In August NBCU announced they were removing their videos from iTunes, which finally occured earlier this month when their agreement with the online store ran out. In October they launched the invitation-only private Hulu beta. In the interim they also shut down their official YouTube Channel.

Zucker says the reason for the split with iTunes was a simple economic decision. He called iTunes a fantastic service, but said he felt it unreasonable on Apple's part to refuse requests to have input on pricing. “There is no place that I can think of where the retailer also gets to set the wholesale price,” Zucker said. "All we asked for is the opportunity to set a variable price structure, even with just one program. Apple was not willing to do that.”

“One of the biggest things I struggle with is to make sure we’re not replacing dollars with pennies,” Zucker said.

Source: Multichannel News

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117.12.2007 4:09

First post....LOL Just Kidding!-- I hate those types of posts

Seriously though, I have been checking out Hulu for about 2 weeks and find it quite interesting but with a few 'flaws'.

They have quite a list of available shows and some movies. There are about only 3-4 commercial breaks lasting about 15-20 second per episode and a movie I looked at didn't seem to have any-- though I didn't watch the whole thing.

They have current shows, not so current shows and shows from the 80's as well. Often times late at night I find myself viewing something off of there when nothing else is on cable or I have no rental movie to watch. The interface is quite straight forward and unlike the network sites (e.g when the commercial comes on it doesn't pop a new window on me and re-size my fullscreen mode for the show.

Now for the negatives: While they have a pretty good selection to choose from they need more. More shows to choose from and more episodes for the shows do they have and more movies. I got turned onto 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' from Hulu after reading some posts about it. BUT they do not have the complete series to date only season 1 and season 3. Some shows do not even have a full season and while this may be due to cancellation of the series I believe I have run across some that I know were on longer than the available episodes to watch.

I think that as time passes and hulu goes public that the choices will probably increase. Overall I have not been turned off by this service and would, and have, recommend people check it out.

Next post I will include a list of what they have although the list is a week old and may have been updated since then (I emailed this list to contacts so they could see what was available).


217.12.2007 4:15

Titles available on Hulu (sorted alphabetically)

30 Days
30 Rock
The A-Team
Age of Love
Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Alias Smith And Jones
American Dad!
American Misfits
Andy Barker P.I.
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?
Arrested Development
The Art of Seduction
Back To You
Bad Girls Road Trip
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Big Ideas for a Small Planet
The Biggest Loser
Bionic Woman
The Blues Brothers
The Bob Newhart Show
The Breakfast Club
Breaking Away
Brother's Keeper
Buck Rogers
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Burn Notice
Campus Cops
Chicago Hope
Cleopatra 2525
The Comebacks
Conan the Barbarian
Cover Me
The Crow: Stairway To Heaven
Days of our Lives
Death Sentence
Doogie Howser, M.D.
Dr. 90210
Dr. Steve-O
Eco Biz
Family Guy
Fight Girls
Flash Gordon
Flipping Out
Fox Movie Channel presents "Casting Session"
Fox Movie Channel presents "Life After Film School"
Fox Movie Channel presents "Making a Scene"
Fox Movie Channel presents "World Premiere"
Friday Night Lights
Ghost Hunters
The Girls Next Door
Hell's Kitchen
Hill Street Blues
Horseracing A to Z
IGN Videos
Inside the Actors Studio
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Jack of All Trades
The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency
The Jerk
Kathy Griffin
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
King Of The Hill
Kitchen Confidential
Kitchen Nightmares
Kojak 2004
L.A. Dragnet
Land of the Giants
Las Vegas
Last Call with Carson Daly
Late Night with Conan O'Brien
The Loop
Lost in Space
Lou Grant
Manhattan, AZ
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
McHale's Navy
Miami Vice
Million Dollar Listing
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
Murder One
My Bare Lady
My Name is Earl
Nanny and the Professor
Night Gallery
October Sky
The Office
Outer Limits
Over There
Pantry Raid
Picket Fences
The Practice
The Pretender
Prison Break
Project Runway
Queer Eye
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Remington Steele
The Riches
Rob and Amber: Against the Odds
Saturday Night Live
She Spies
Shear Genius
Simon & Simon
The Simpsons
Sitting Ducks
Sixth Sense
So You Think You Can Dance
The Soup
St. Elsewhere
The Starter Wife
Swamp Thing
Talkshow with Spike Feresten
Tequila & Bonetti
'Til Death
Tin Man
The Tonight Show
Top Chef
Top Design
Tori & Dean: Inn Love
Total Recall 2070
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Weekend at Bernie's
Weird Science
WKRP in Cincinnati
Woody Woodpecker (New)
Work Out

324.12.2007 8:31

All i am wondering about is the fact that is this going to be like Youtube or is it like joost??

424.12.2007 12:09

It's not like You Tube at all. This is more like what the networks have on their sites: complete episodes but not neccesarily complete seasons or all seasons made of the shows and movies listed above... and for only the cost of watching a 20 second commercial 3-4 times.

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