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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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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.


"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)

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