a NBC Universal, News Corporation, and Walt
Disney Company joint venture, has established itself as one
of the most beloved video sites on the internet. It practices a
philosophy of quality over quantity, airing desirable content like
television episodes from an elite group of content providers.
That means that while it may never have the net traffic of a
free-for-all video site like YouTube, it has a much steadier audience
and is arguably a more effective place to advertise.Jason
Kilar, Hulu's CEO, announced that the company has been profitable for
two quarters now, as it enters its third year of existence.
Sources close to the company say that the company stands to make even
bigger gains with the launch of the Apple iPad, for which Hulu is
reportedly creating a custom app.The company is not without
some problems, though. Hulu has 200 content suppliers, which
received 50 to 70 percent of the advertising revenue from Hulu's
video content. Traffic has tripled over the last year to 903
million streams delivered in January. Many content providers,
however, are still complaining about their checks being too small.
They would prefer Hulu to adopt a subscription-fee
based system.Viacom was among the most frustrated, and it
acted, pulling the plug on Hulu's rebroadcasted episodes of Comedy
Central shows like “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The
Colbert Report."Still, Hulu pulled in $100M USD last
year in ad revenue and could more than double that this year,
according to Kilar.Kilar reportedly is considering using the
iPad as a test-bed for a subscription based service. However,
he seems wary of a user rebellion if he tries that. He states,
"Our mission is to help people discover the world’s premium
content, and we believe that subscriptions can help to unlock some of
that, including sports and movies and premium cable shows. We’re
certainly open to subscriptions as a complement to an ad-supported
model."Another problem from Hulu is that it still hasn't
delivered on its long-awaited
iPhone app. The app was expected in 2009, but never
arrived; many are hoping it lands this year.Despite these
obstacles, Hulu seems unlikely to move out of the picture when it
comes to internet video. Its ability to become profitable
without charging subscriptions is very impressive and hopefully
content providers don't try to push to hard and mess up the good
thing they started.
quote: What would be nastier is if DVRs stored the marked commercial data and made users not be able to f/f through them -- I shutter at that thought.
quote: Go ahead and write your fake stories about how great the iPad is selling in the coming days Mick, like we know you will. Even if the numbers are bad you will spin them as good. But once Chrome tablets hit in a few months it's over.
quote: iPad will be DESTROYED in a few months by tablets running google chrome in my opinion. They will be 299 or less before long (no Apple tax) and have flash.
quote: Yes even when the iPhone was first launched, we had people forecasting its short life or instant death & now its a best seller.
quote: Consumer confidence in Apple products is sky high & that sells more than anything that competition will have to offer irrespective of the price & features.
quote: Consumer confidence in Apple products is so high that you cannot call them fanboys/idiots etc rather a fact & reality of a successful product/s.
quote: As for Mick ...he is just reflecting consumer trends & the realities of the marketplace.
quote: I hate Hulu. I hate having to watch the same 5 freaking commercials over and over again. The only reason I use it is because I'm lazy when it comes to TV and it's easier to watch everything on one site.
quote: Another problem from Hulu is that it still hasn't delivered on its long-awaited iPhone app. The app was expected in 2009, but never arrived; many are hoping it lands this year.
quote: The HTC EVO 4G simply crushes everything else on the market thanks to a 4.3" (480x800) TFT LCD, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, 8.0mp camera in addition to a 1.3mp front-facing camera for video conferencing, GPS, digital compass, stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, mobile HDTV, and HDMI (720p) output.
quote: Hulu, a NBC Universal, News Corporation, and Walt Disney Company joint venture