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Hulu testing HD video streaming

December 4th, 2007 admin No comments

Hulu, the joint online video venture between NBC and News Corp, has given private beta testers a sneak peak at the high definition video that should soon be available on the net more ubiquitously now that Flash supports the H.264 video codec.  Hulu HD content is in 720p (1280×720) format.

Hulu currently provides only nine trailers in high definition as a sampler, including ones for Jumper, 27 Dresses, Hitman, American Gangster, and Definitely, Maybe. Playback requires a connection of 2,400 kbps or higher, Flash Player, and a fast computer (at least 3 GHz for PCs and 1.83 GHz for Macs).

No word yet on when the rest of Hulu’s collection might become available in high definition.

Source: techcrunch

A direct link to the HD gallery can be found here.

I think it is time for Joost to start to get worried now.  When will we see HD streaming content on Joost?

Categories: HD, Joost, hulu, video

Gizmodo review Hulu, Joost and Miro

November 20th, 2007 admin No comments

No matter what service you pick, you won’t find everything you want, thanks in part to corporate hang-ups and in part to the primitiveness of these early stages. They’re maddeningly incomplete, like a crappy library in a rural town. Joost is probably your best bet in terms of quantity and quality, with Miro working better if you want a ton of new programming but don’t care about corporate quality. And if you want Battlestar, well, the choice will be made for you.

Read the rest of the review on Gizmodo

For those interested in trends here is last month trends for all three of them:

joost trend nov 2007

Categories: Joost, Miro, hulu

WBTV close to Hulu deal

November 10th, 2007 admin No comments

“Friends” could soon be buddying up to Hulu.

Warner Bros. Television is in active negotiations with the News Corp.-NBC joint-venture to make a slew of WBTV content available on Hulu, execs confirmed Friday.

“It’s more likely than not that we’re going to make a deal,” WB Television Group president Bruce Rosenblum said in an interview.

Much of the content would probably come from the studio’s library, an area in which it controls far more rights, though some newer shows could also make their way on to the site.

Read the rest of post on hollywoodReporter

Categories: Content, Partner, hulu

USA Today review Hulu and Joost

November 6th, 2007 bmaltais No comments

As the title say, USA Today review Hulu and Joost.  You can read the whole thing here.

Here is the conclusion of the review:


“It is a brilliant strategy,” says James McQuivey of Forrester Research. “It doesn’t take a lot of research to show that people like to share media with their friends, and this preempts the copyright troubles they have had with YouTube. They are willing to try to open up more content, at least for now. As a launch strategy, they are trying to make sure you’re not encountering any dead ends.”


Says McQuivey: “If anything, the dawn of Hulu means the end of Joost. They could make a set-top box that would bypass the computer altogether. If they really want to stay viable, Joost has to get to the TV.”

Categories: Joost, hulu

Hulu chief: TV soon to premiere worldwide

October 30th, 2007 admin No comments

Television shows will soon be released at the same time across the world, the boss of new online video site Hulu has predicted.

Jason Kilar, chief executive of the joint NBC Universal and News Corporation venture, said television companies would have to distribute simultaneously across the world because of internet video services.

He noted film studios have already stopped staggering film releases to cut down on piracy and added: “Television is heading in the same direction. At the end of the day, the users will win and will get access to content on their own terms.

Hulu, which has launched in beta, will host shows including Heroes, House and Family Guy. However, the beta test of the service does not allow some content to be viewed in territories outside the United States.


Categories: hulu

Hulu goes live

October 29th, 2007 admin No comments

The long-awaited and much-derided NBC (GE) and News Corp (NWS) joint venture Hulu will make a somewhat public debut this week, opening up a private beta tonight of its web video service and initiating distribution of its movies, TV shows, and mashups on AOL (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), MSN (MSFT), MySpace, and Yahoo (YHOO).

The company also cut some last-minute deals over the weekend, adding Sony television shows only at and MGM TV shows and movies throughout its distribution network.

Hulu viewers are given the tools to embed full-length episodes and movies wherever they want around the web. New shows are added at midnight Hawaii time on the day after they air.

Hulu CEO Jason Kilar said Hulu would use 25 percent as much advertising as broadcast norms, and promised it wouldn’t employ the annoying trick of jamming up commercial volume to get us to pay attention. For distribution partners such as Comcast, Yahoo, and AOL, Hulu has remade its Flash player to look like theirs. Hulu serves advertising in and around a video and shares revenue with content providers, Hulu, and distribution partners in that order (here’s what sounds like a reasonable description of the breakdown).

Beta testers will not be given additional invites; the way to register is through the official Hulu site. So what should we think of Hulu? It’s not really a media company. Kilar, true to his roots in the tech industry at (AMZN), likes most of all to talk about the Web site’s clarity and lack of clutter. Kilar declined to comment on NBC content being pulled from YouTube in advance of the Hulu launch.

Via NewTeeVee


Kara from AllThingsDigital just posted a good review.  Go read it to learn more.

Categories: hulu

Hulu set to go private beta next monday

October 23rd, 2007 admin No comments

TechCrunch say that their source is claiming that Hulu will go in private beta next Monday, so that it can still meet CEO Jason Kilar’s self-imposed October deadline.

I am curious to see if I will get an invitation… but I don’t have too much hope since I am in Canada and apparently Hulu will be a US only offering…

Categories: Beta, hulu

NBC Pull YouTube Content in Preparation for Hulu

October 22nd, 2007 bmaltais No comments

A representative from NBC Universal called NewTeeVee today and let them know that the network did indeed remove its channel from YouTube over the weekend in preparation for the launch of its own online video portal, Hulu. The spokesperson also de-emphasized the YouTube channel, calling it “promotional.”

Read the rest on NewTeeVee

Categories: Content, NBC, Youtube, hulu

Hulu, don’t get near Lulu

September 6th, 2007 admin No comments

Enterprises ( announced today that it has filed suit against N-F Newsite LLC (”Hulu”) for trademark infringement, unfair and deceptive trade practices and for federal cyberpiracy.

Hulu, in name, as a mark and in their business as a digital content distribution platform, represents a definitive encroachment.

In addition to the conflict in business for digital video, Hulu’s trademark filing, filed on August 22, 2007, identifies various products and services, many of which are related to, and even identical to, the services that Lulu provides under its Lulu marks.

Lulu ( and, a privately held company, was launched in 2002 and allows creators to publish both contextual-based and multimedia content in a variety of applications. As a marketplace, Lulu has paid out millions of dollars in creator earnings.

[Via sys-com]

Categories: hulu

NBC pulling out of iTunes

August 31st, 2007 admin No comments

Digital trends report that:

Less than two months after Universal Music decided not to enter into another year-long music distribution with iTunes Apple looks to be facing another high-profile defector from its digital media offerings: according to The New York Times, related company NBC Universal will not be renewing its deal to distribute digital versions of its television shows via the iTunes store.

The pull-out would not only impact shows like Heroes and The Office from the NBC broadcast network, but also shows from NBC Universal’s sibling networks like the Sci-Fi Channel and USA, so shows like Battlestar Galactica and Monk would also disappear.

ABC would like to be able to charge more for recently broadcast, popular shows in order to maximize revenue, while discounting shows in its back catalog (like, say, the original season of Law & Order, which aired umpteen years ago) in order to encourage sales.

Although NBC Universal does not currently offer Universal movies for sale via iTunes, the company would reportedly like to offer bundles of its TV shows with its movies.

Apple has historically favored consistent, across-the-board pricing, arguing differential pricing confuses and irritates consumers, which leads to fewer sales.

Does it have anything to do with Hulu? Maybe!  But it is certainly a sad news for current U.S. iTunes users.

Categories: NBC, hulu, iTunes