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Full-length episodes of "The Simpsons" can be viewed on Hulu  (Source: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)
NBC-Universal and Fox's joint venture video site launches today

Online video streaming site officially opened its virtual doors today. A joint venture between NBC-Universal and Fox, Hulu has $100 million in venture capital funding under its belt and partnerships with over 40 content providers.

Hulu features a slick, clean interface that is direct and to-the-point. The website isn’t cluttered with many advertisements and its (so far) easy to find movies or TV shows. Load times for videos are also speedy and quality is impressive.  

As can be expected, content is the key factor that will determine Hulu’s success, and the site has plenty of it. According to Hulu, the company has created partnerships with numerous big names including Sony, Warner Brothers, NBC Universal, Fox and MGM.

Hulu allows users to stream full-length TV shows such as The Simpsons or The Office, along with full-length movies such as X2: X-Men United or The 40-Year-Old Virgin. In total, Hulu says it offers over 100 feature-length films for free. Although the movie catalog might not be as large as a Blockbuster’s, it’s free and a decent start.  

To add to its appeal, Hulu also gives the option to search for content that isn’t directly hosted on the service. For example, Hulu currently doesn’t have a partnership to stream CW’s hit TV show Smallville. However, searching for the show via the site’s search function yields links to the CWTV Smallville website, which features full-length Smallville episodes.

At the moment Hulu doesn't permit users to download videos to their hard drives.

Advertisements on Hulu aren’t very intrusive. In-video ads feature a short pre-rolled advertisement and a limited amount of interrupting commercials. In DailyTech’s testing of the service, most advertisements didn’t exceed the length of 15 seconds, and also didn't occur very often. In addition, small pop-up flash advertisements are also occasionally displayed in shorter video clips.  

Prior to its launch, Hulu spent 18 months in private beta testing. The service cost over $15 million to develop.

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Looks great
By f1sh3r on 3/12/2008 9:12:03 PM , Rating: 2
This is a great alternative to other video streaming sites. Instead of having all sorts of junk ads floating around, and clicking through 4 links to watch a full movie, you just have to watch a few integrated ads. i hope theres a mobile version.

my two favorite movies are there: big lebowski and me, myself and irene.

RE: Looks great
By The Sword 88 on 3/12/2008 9:40:52 PM , Rating: 2
I like it.

RE: Looks great
By eye smite on 3/12/2008 9:41:44 PM , Rating: 3
How cool, they have enter the ninja. Older movies are better anyway. HA

RE: Looks great
By Orlando on 3/12/2008 10:16:29 PM , Rating: 2
They have 'Welcome Back, Kotter'. It is one of my favorites.

I love the clean interface and the good quality video.

RE: Looks great
By OddTSi on 3/12/2008 11:05:45 PM , Rating: 2
Needs more Mythbusters and The Universe.

RE: Looks great
By feelingshorter on 3/13/2008 2:04:35 AM , Rating: 2
I just finnished watching "Kagemusha" and Titan AE.

Titan AE went flawlessly but i think there is something seriously wrong with Kagemusha. The movie ends abruptly at 2:22:56, which is the length the movie files is reporting but the site is reporting it as 2:39:12 in length. So the movie is basically missing a piece of the end!

Anyways, Fox is really on to something. The ads, really are unobtrusive. They don't cover up the picture at all if you play it in full screen (for a long full length movie, who wouldn't?). Even then, it was just 1 ad that popped up like 3 times for a few seconds at the bottom of the screen in a 2 + hour long movie. Its even LESS advertisement than watching TV!

Keep it up and Hulu will definitely be a force to not take down Youtube (since thats more user submitted), but offer an alternative for full length legally streamed videos.

RE: Looks great
By Lazarus Dark on 3/13/2008 1:12:03 PM , Rating: 2
I used this all day yesterday, they have a lot of my favorite shows, though not every episode of some(yet). I'm loving it, the quality is great, I watched some older stuff and it looked like a cheap dvd transfer, but the newer stuff looks as good as any dvd with no noticeable problems. The adds are totally acceptable, and hey, after seeing an add for Chili's pop up ten times or so over the course of a couple movies, I went out and got some Chili's! In fact, this kind of low-key advertising gets my attention more than regular tv commercials, which I usually skip when using the dvr or just ignore while I surf the net during commercials. Moving forwards, studio's/networks need to realize dvr and net has changed the game. The old way just doesn't work.

But Hulu seems to be the first service that really gets it right! Throw in every episode of Babylon 5 and X-files and I may never leave the site! (I just can't afford to buy five to ten seasons of a show on dvd at 30 to 50 bucks a season)

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