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Have you tried out Hulu? If not, what's holding you back?

Online video site Hulu is becoming more popular due to word of mouth, Google, and one unexpected competing video service, an online research firm discovered.   The site crawled into 84th place among television web sites and is ranked in 33rd position among multimedia web sites. 

The top source of traffic for is from Google, with YouTube second in directing traffic to the site.  Hulu videos can also be found on MySpace, AOL, Yahoo, Microsoft MSN and Fancast, and even more websites may be added.

A recent deal between Viacom and Hulu will bring Comedy Central's The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report to the popular online video viewing service.  Full-length episodes of both shows can now be found through the service.

PBS also has come to terms with Hulu, and will offer Nova, Wired Science, Scientific American Frontiers and Carrier, with 30-second commercials to be shown before each episode.

Hulu now has more than 70 content partners helping provide online content, including Fox, MGM, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and others.  The site officially launched in March with $100 million in venture capitalist funds and 40 content partners.

I've been using the site since it was in beta, and have been pleased with the growing catalog of content available to viewers.  Adding The Daily Show and The Colbert Report will hopefully help the site gain a few more viewers.

As long as the advertising remains rather unobtrusive for viewers, I can't imagine why NBC, Universal and Fox cannot get more people to begin watching content on Hulu.  Maybe it's finally time for them to launch a real advertising blitz to get some attention for the site?

Expect the 700+ TV episode and full-length movie catalog to continue to grow as more content partners are added.

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By VitalyTheUnknown on 6/16/2008 3:02:34 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry, currently our video library can only be streamed from within the United States.

That basically says it all.
hmm... But wait...
Proxy Servers?

By animedude on 6/16/2008 4:01:28 AM , Rating: 2
Where can you find a proxy that allows you to stream Gigs and Gigs of online videos?

By WayneG on 6/16/2008 4:08:44 AM , Rating: 2
As above really, was quite intrigued but fell flat on my face because I'm a UKian :(. I imagine it won't change because of copyright laws as well, this is why I'm forced to pirate tv shows (lost, smallville, etc...). I'm sure Hulu would love to tap into other markets but they will want to seize the american market first :).

By amanojaku on 6/16/2008 7:09:00 AM , Rating: 1
I imagine it won't change because of copyright laws as well, this is why I'm forced to pirate tv shows (lost, smallville, etc...).

Forced? Is someone holding a gun up to your head?

By WayneG on 6/16/2008 5:59:39 PM , Rating: 5

By Pythias on 6/19/2008 1:47:40 AM , Rating: 2

By idconstruct on 6/19/2008 3:07:53 AM , Rating: 2

By murphyslabrat on 6/20/2008 6:25:35 PM , Rating: 2
I'm gonna say, "no," so someone else can say yes again.

By cherrycoke on 6/21/2008 11:12:50 AM , Rating: 2

By jamdunc on 6/21/2008 2:29:18 PM , Rating: 2
Well if it wasn't for 'pirate' downloading, I would never have seen Wonderfalls or Firefly or Dead Like Me (to name a few), and then I would never have imported the DVD Boxed Sets and given revenue to the TV companies.

And seeing as Chuck wasn't aired over here for ages and Eli Stone still isn't, Moonlight before it was cancelled wasn't, downloading is sometimes the only way for us in the UK.

By noxipoo on 6/16/2008 4:55:13 PM , Rating: 3
By BruceLeet on 6/20/2008 2:09:39 AM , Rating: 2
Apparently you have to download some program to 'shield' your IP. Sounds like a back door to me.

By BruceLeet on 6/16/2008 4:58:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah thats what is holding me back alright.

And the bad news
By FITCamaro on 6/16/2008 8:18:45 AM , Rating: 4
If Time Warner and AT&T have their way, sites like this will go the way of the dodo because people won't have the bandwidth to use them.

RE: And the bad news
By Spivonious on 6/16/2008 4:02:12 PM , Rating: 2
No, people will just pay the extra fees.

RE: And the bad news
By othercents on 6/16/2008 5:07:39 PM , Rating: 1
Or people will buy iPhones and get Unlimited Internet again.


RE: And the bad news
By MrJustin5 on 6/18/08, Rating: 0
RE: And the bad news
By idconstruct on 6/19/2008 3:10:43 AM , Rating: 1

RE: And the bad news
By MrJustin5 on 6/19/2008 5:42:10 AM , Rating: 2

FAIL? Fail what? Do you disagree or something? Or I am just "flat out wrong" with this whole "conspiracy theory business"? Come on? I challenge you to an intellectual DUEL of the FACTS!

Bring it on!

RE: And the bad news
By cherrycoke on 6/21/2008 11:33:10 AM , Rating: 2
Westley: I challenge you to a battle of wits.
Vizzini: For the Princess?
Westley: [nods]
Vizzini: To the death?
Westley: [nods]
Vizzini: I accept!

RE: And the bad news
By littlebitstrouds on 6/23/2008 4:00:20 PM , Rating: 2
I don't take anyone serious that links their major source at Thanks for trying though.

RE: And the bad news
By MrJustin5 on 7/1/2008 10:15:10 AM , Rating: 2

YOU - thanks for TRYING to disqualify me, again, thanks for trying.

RE: And the bad news
By RamarC on 6/18/2008 10:01:29 AM , Rating: 2
actually hulu's bandwidth requirements are relatively low. even 768k dsl can handle hulu's 400kbps stream. for full screen quality, 1.5mpbs is more than sufficient.

To answer the question:
By MonkeyPaw on 6/18/2008 7:13:14 PM , Rating: 2
Have you tried out Hulu? If not, what's holding you back?

I tried signing up for it when it first came out. After registering, they sent me an email telling me that they would let me know when they were ready for me to join. I never heard back, then I completely forgot about the account.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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