• This Christmas, don't forget the writers who brought you your favorite shows: stay away from Hulu

    Let’s say Santa tomorrow brings you Lost on Blu-ray or maybe a Simpsons or Seinfeld boxset or two. By all means, enjoy your new gifts, but don’t forget that the men and women who wrote the stories for those shows—”writers”—are royally screwed over and see very little money as a result of their sale. Yes, the writers strike is still unresolved and even… Read More

  • Ho Ho Ho: 5,000 Hulu Invites for Our Readers

    Update: As of 10:54am PT, Hulu has given us 2,500 more invites, so try again if you were denied earlier. Also, as some have reminded us in the comments, Hulu will not work for those outside of the United States. We’re hearing reports that Hulu has been letting lots of people off the private beta waiting list and into the site. But in case you haven’t gotten access yourself… Read More

  • High Definition Video Coming to Hulu, Samples Available

    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 currently provides only nine trailers in high definition as a sampler, including ones for Jumper, 27 Dresses, Hitman, American Gangster, and… Read More

  • Bebo's Big Push Into Video

    Bebo is taking on YouTube (and Hulu). Today, it opened up its social network to video partners who want access to its captive audience. Launch partners include CBS, MTV Networks, ESPN, the BBC, Channel Four, BSkyB—Bebo is very popular in the UK—Next New Networks, Crackle, Ustream, and JibJab. The partners can keep all advertising dollars from the videos (and from music too). Read More

  • Combating Piracy: Earth To Big TV

    Big TV is close to clueless when it comes to combating piracy. There have been some steps in the right direction. Hulu looks like it might actually end up with some limited appeal, and CBS and ABC are heading in the right direction with their respective online offerings (HD shut down aside). However big TV still really doesn’t get it: BitTorrent continues to thrive like it never has… Read More

  • Big Fat 404 Error At Hulu

    Awww…their first outage. It’s more of a rite of passage than anything. Newly launched Hulu is showing a big, fat 404 error on their home page right now. It’s too bad, because I’ve become somewhat hooked on it over the last few days. Despite my constant criticism over the summer, I really like the service they launched. Hulu videos seem to be streaming just fine at… Read More

  • Hulu: pay for TV shows, watch them in your browser window, NBC profits

    Where is it written that new Web services must have stupid names? I refer to Hulu, NBC’s online venture designed to get you to pay more for something that’s freely available over the public airwaves and, for now, doesn’t work with your iPod. Goodness, NBC, that really is in the best interests of the consumer! Read More

  • Free From iTunes Addiction, NBC Universal Seizes Control Of Digital Destiny

    Following the announcement of Hulu early this morning, reports came pouring in about NBC Universal President & CEO Jeff Zucker’s vocal disdain for Apple turning media revenues “from dollars into pennies”. Disputes over revenue shares caused the pair to split back in August, letting their contract lapse after this December. But positive reviews of Hulu seem to have made… Read More

  • NBC says iTunes deal wasn't lucrative enough, wants more more more money

    Jeez, and you thought Steve Jobs was bad tempered. NBC Universal president Jeff Zucker recently explained why the company told Apple/iTunes to fly a kite. If you guessed greed as being a major factor, well then you have a pulse because that’s what everyone thought. “We wanted to take one show, it didn’t matter which one it was, and experiment and sell it for $2.99. We made… Read More

  • Beta: Huh, OK

    I’m going to withhold my haterage for a bit as I try the new Hulu beta, but so far it’s acceptable at best but not earth-shattering. Here’s what’s going on: NBC Universal and News Corp decided to offer their hot hot content online. What is that hot hot content? Mostly SNL clips, Family Guy episodes, and The Office. However, they do have the Breakfast Club, Heroes, and… Read More

  • More Hulu Goodness: Embedded Video If you are still waiting for a Hulu invite and want to see more than the lower quality video available on AOL, here you go. Silicon Alley Insider noticed that embedding video gives others the ability to watch that and other related content, and embed it themselves. Let me know if you are outside of the U.S. and can’t see the video. Update: Ok, the comments… Read More

  • No Need to Wait: Hulu Videos Already Available on AOL

    Update: Hulu videos are now on MSN, too. If you are among the many who haven’t received an invitation to the recently launched private beta of – and probably won’t because users can’t send their friends invitations – you don’t have to keep waiting to get your Hulu fix. AOL has already posted 18 shows from Hulu including Heroes and The Office. Read More

  • Hulu Launches Private Beta, Makes Very Good First Impressions

    Last March NBC Universal and News Corporation announced a joint venture that we initially thought would result in a direct competitor to YouTube. As details emerged, it became clear that the two media conglomerates were not planning a video sharing website for user generated content but rather an online distribution channel for premium video content, including TV shows, movies, and short… Read More

  • Hulu Set to Launch on Monday

    After gearing up all summer, Hulu (the NBC-Fox joint venture that is going up against YouTube) was supposed to launch in private beta yesterday, says a source. That is why NBC pulled its videos from YouTube last week. (This, after NBC abandoned iTunes for Amazon, and already started offering free downloads of its shows on the Web). But launching a video Website can be hard—even if it… Read More

  • NBC pulls YouTube channel

    Seems NBC Universal isn’t getting along with anyone these days. With no announcement whatsoever, NBC has pulled its channel from Sources say that NBC will concentrate its efforts on Hulu, a joint venture with News Corp that is going into private beta soon. Hulu is supposed to be a direct competitor with YouTube that comes directly from the studios with shows. Users will be… Read More

  • Expect Failure From Hulu: NBCU Chief

    The first positive points we’ve awarded to Hulu come for pure honesty with George Kliavkoff, NBC Universal’s chief digital officer telling a crowd at OMMA New York Monday that they should expect failure from Hulu. To be fair, as much as the headline quote alone is worthy of at least a couple of links demonstrating how the bridesmaid service has failed already, in context… Read More

  • Is Hulu Doomed? NBC To Begin Offering Free Downloads

    NBC will start offering its top television shows as ad-supported downloads this fall (autumn) from the NBC Direct website. The announcement is a major setback for the NBC/ News Corp joint venture Hulu, which was originally set up to offer this very content. The announcement also follows on from NBC’s decision to discontinue offering its TV shows via iTunes by the end of the… Read More

  • Hulu Makes First Acquisition; Chinese Video Startup To Form Backbone Of New Service

    We haven’t heard much about Bejing-based startup Mojiti before this week. They popped up in the TechCrunch Forums in January and are notable because the founder, Eric Feng, was previously at Microsoft Research Asia. Nothing other than that, and they do not appear to have many users. But they sure are in the spotlight now: a source with knowledge of the deal indicates that the $1 billion… Read More

  • Lulu To Hulu: Cease And Desist

    Online self publishing company Lulu has filed suit against the NBC/ News Corp joint venture Hulu for trademark infringement, unfair and deceptive trade practices and for federal cyberpiracy. Lulu alleges that Hulu have intentionally attempted to create confusion in the marketplace in that the name Hulu represents a definitive encroachment on Lulu’s name. Lulu also claims Hulu’s… Read More

  • NBC Bails on iTunes

    The New York Times is reporting that NBC will not renew its contract to distribute television shows via Apple’s iTunes service. The agreement was set to autorenew at the end of 2007, but includes a provision that allows NBC to terminate the agreement at the end of the first term with 90 days notice. Disagreements over pricing and DRM seem to be behind the decision. That means iTunes… Read More