Downloadsquad.com IS REPORTING:
“Hulu begins rolling out ABC shows:
“Online video site Hulu has begun adding content from TV network ABC to its site. Hulu and ABC’s parent company Disney announced a partnership deal back in April, but today is the first day you can actually find ABC content on Hulu… just not very much of it. “
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Surprise! Stewart and Colbert have come to Hulu
In an unexpected move, video site Hulu will be getting some political loudmouths just in time for the 2008 presidential election: Comedy Central’s late-night personalities Jon Stewart of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report.
We had to check and make sure the press release wasn’t a joke, but there are indeed full episodes from both programs available. It comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering Comedy Central parent company Viacom has not signed on to Hulu, which launched as a joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp. and does not yet have any other major networks on board.
But on the other hand, MTV Networks, the Viacom division that encompasses Comedy Central, has made more distribution deals than its broader corporate overlord, and both Stewart and Colbert were already available on the Web in one form or another. And Viacom had already made select content available to Hulu rival Joost, but now that the Joost hype has faded completely, experimenting with Hulu’s ad-supported distribution seems logical. Making the popular Comedy Central talk shows available could be the media conglomerate’s way of dipping a toe in the water.
Additionally, later in June Hulu will start to add select programs from PBS: Nova, Carrier, Scientific American Frontiers, Wired Science, and potentially others.”
(Via cnet )
Hulu lands new partners as usages rises
Hulu, the video website owned by News Corp and NBC Universal, said on Tuesday its service will be distributed on seven new sites, making its archive of popular television shows more widely available.
The deals come as usage on Hulu and its partner sites exceeded all U.S. television network websites — including those owned by its founders — in its first month since launching publicly, Hulu said, citing Nielsen’s VideoCensus data.
Hulu videos will now be distributed on entertainment and social network sites TV.com, TVGuide.com, BuddyTV.com, Flixster.com, MyYearbook.com, Break.com and Zap2it.com, said Hulu Chief Executive Jason Kilar at the Reuters Global Technology, Media and Telecoms Summit.
Hulu, which hosts free episodes of current shows such as “The Simpsons” and “The Office” as well as past hits like “WKRP In Cincinnati,” is showing early signs of success in a market dominated by Google Inc’s YouTube.
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(Via Reuters: Technology News.)
Hulu to come to phones, other platforms?
NBC’s Hulu TV streaming service is likely to expand beyond its web-only presence of today, the service’s CEO Jason Kilar said this week at the NAB video production expo. While not committing to any one format, the company head explains that cellphones and “anything connected to the Internet” would be an ideal platform for the feature, which allows users to stream (but not download) episodes of NBC and Fox shows.
Kilar also observes that the presentation would have to change on each device, potentially evading the requirement to use Adobe’s Flash browser plug-in to view shows. The NBC senior staffer doesn’t explain how he would expect ads to air on non-Flash platforms; currently, the technology is built to automatically insert ads in between segments, keeping a fresh rotation of advertising and mirroring conventional TV.
The change follows similar efforts by the BBC to bring its iPlayer video archive service to mobile platforms. In its implementation, the British TV producer has already created versions of iPlayer for the iPhone and iPod that stream the raw video files rather than requring Flash, though the public, UK-only nature of the service lets the BBC avoid ads. A similar service is available for the Wii.
Services for Apple devices may prove difficult, as NBC continues to decline hosting shows on the former’s iTunes Store after a pricing dispute and hints that it would prefer a return only if iTunes adds DRM to the software itself rather than just purchased media files.