• Given Internet alternatives, why do people still pay for cable TV?

    Flickr’d Why do you still pay for cable TV? That’s what today’s New York Times asks, while noting that as the price of damn near everything increases—food and fuel most notably—so, too, does the price of sitting at home and watching TV. Since 1996, price of a cable TV subscription has risen about 77 percent, to an average of $60 per month. (I pay right around… Read More

  • Hulu Shares Usage Stats, Expands Distribution Network

    Hulu, the online joint video venture between NBC and News Corp that officially launched two months ago, is sharing some stats on its viewership. According to the Nielsen Net Ratings, Hulu led all network sites in total video streams and overall engagement time in April. Hulu users are streaming over 63 million videos and, on average, are watching over two hours of video per month each. Hulu is… Read More

  • Hulu coming to a mobile phone/internet device near you?

    Jason Kilar, the CEO of NBC’s web-TV site Hulu, has suggested at NAB that Hulu may be on its way to other net-enabled gadgets. He says they’re “ripe for the Hulu experience,” whatever that is. Sounds like a psychedelic rock band from Japan: The Hulu Experience presents OTOFOKASURENZU. Moving on: Kilar also talked about picking up cult hits like Felicity and… Read More

  • PluggedIn Wants to be Hulu For Music Videos

    At first glance, music might seem to be a saturated market on the web. Sites like have music suggestions, artists profile, and communities covered, the iTunes and Amazon music stores make purchasing a breeze, and music videos can be found littered across Youtube and many other sites. It’s time to make room for one more, and it has the potential to be big. Pluggedin, a music… Read More

  • Hulu Working On International Streaming, Canada, UK + Australia Up First

    Hulu has started offering the above box to international users visiting the site from outside of the United States, the first sign that the service may soon be available in more countries than one. First spotted by Watch TV Online, the region drop down box preferences Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia above all other countries, suggesting that they might be the first outside of the… Read More

  • CBS Testing HD Streaming

    CBS released a high definition player today in the labs area of their site, along with a few clips. They are currently streaming (not progressive download) in H.264/AVC format at 480p, with 720p and 1080p coming soon, they say. Hulu and others are also beginning to test high definition streaming. Some shows on Hulu, for example, are optionally available in 480p format. They also have a few… Read More

  • South Park Studios – It's Like AllSP, But Legal It hasn’t been hard for people to watch the cult favorite show South Park (possibly the best show on television) online. Sites like Allsp (All South Park) have had the entire catalog available for some time. And episodes are always available on BitTorrent immediately after broadcast. Instead of fighting BitTorrent… Read More

  • Hulu opens up to the public tomorrow

    Hulu, which has been throwing me the above 500 error all morning as I try to log in with my beta credentials, will be open to the public tomorrow. It’s tallied up about five million viewers in the past month, which is impressive for a site that hasn’t been open to just anyone yet. It’s got a pretty broad swatch of content partners, too, including Fox, NBC Universal, MGM… Read More

  • It's Official: Hulu Opens Up on Wednesday

    No one can say they didn’t see this one coming: Hulu will finally open up to the public this week, on Wednesday to be precise and yes, it’s official. The company’s been in private beta for 4.5 months. If you haven’t managed to snag one of the many invitations floating around, you’re probably thinking “big deal”. But as I expressed in my initial… Read More

  • Here Comes Hulu Mania. Again.

    If yesterday’s cushy article on Hulu in Fortune is any indication, Internet TV site Hulu is getting ready to leave private beta and launch to the public. Press like this doesn’t just happen without the company asking for it. They’re preparing for the big show. Hulu was expected to launch this month anyway, and the article mentions an “early March” release. And… Read More

  • Women's Online Video Preferences Are Tamer Than Men's

    New figures from Nielsen’s new VideoCensus product reveal that women prefer mainstream media video content online, where as men prefer user generated content. According to Ars Technica, the figures show women aged 18 to 34 were twice as likely as men of the same age group to watch network TV shows streamed from sites such as or Hulu, where as men aged 18 to 34 were over twice… Read More

  • Hulu – remember Hulu? – to show Super Bowl ads post-game

    Hulu, I said! Hulu! Go ahead and skip the Super Bowl tomorrow, friends: Hulu will have all of the commercials on there for your streaming pleasure after the game, ensuring you don’t miss a single whimsical ad or a Miller Lite ad involving two women who fight with a gnome of his secret goldmine of beer. I should be in advertising. Advertisers are paying $2.7 million for… Read More

  • Hulu Discusses Private Beta, Suggests Public Launch Time Frame

    Update: Hulu has provided 2,000 more invites for our readers. Get yours here. I had the chance yesterday to sit down with Eric Feng, the CTO of Hulu, to discuss how things have gone during its private beta and where the service is heading in 2008. Here are some of the things I learned: The first line of code was written on August 6th, less than 3 months before Hulu debuted in private beta… Read More

  • Accessing Hulu, Pandora And Other Sites From Outside Of the United States

    I can remember when OpenHulu launched thinking that the name was nearly false advertising; essentially it provided access to Hulu content away from Hulu, but only to those in the United States. Veoh and MSN have since followed suit and provide Fox and NBC content from Hulu on their sites, but like OpenHulu it still remains IP blocked to those outside of the United States (and possibly… Read More

  • Veoh Adds Videos From Hulu

    Today, video Website is adding more videos from traditional TV networks, including NBC (The A-Team, The Office, Heroes), Fox (The Simpsons, Family Guy, 24), the Sci-Fi Channel (Battlestar Galactica), the USA Network (Monk), and FX (Damages). All of this new content comes from Hulu, the NBC-Fox joint venture. CBS content was already on the site through a previous deal, but now all… Read More

  • 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