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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 Hulu.com 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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hulu.com
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?




RE: hulu.com
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?


RE: hulu.com
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 :).


RE: hulu.com
By amanojaku on 6/16/2008 7:09:00 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
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?


RE: hulu.com
By WayneG on 6/16/2008 5:59:39 PM , Rating: 5
yes


RE: hulu.com
By Pythias on 6/19/2008 1:47:40 AM , Rating: 2
No


RE: hulu.com
By idconstruct on 6/19/2008 3:07:53 AM , Rating: 2
yes


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


RE: hulu.com
By cherrycoke on 6/21/2008 11:12:50 AM , Rating: 2


RE: hulu.com
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.


RE: hulu.com
By noxipoo on 6/16/2008 4:55:13 PM , Rating: 3
RE: hulu.com
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.


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


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