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House's Dr. Allison Cameron says "Men should grow up." (Occam's Razor, Season 1)  (Source: Fox)
The diagnosis is: a new service that offers on demand television on the internet, for free.

NBC-Universal and News Corp.'s Fox announced this week that their new service Hulu is beginning its beta test.

This service will aim to broadcast television and movies on the Internet, as they would be on TV, with revenues paid for by advertising spots.

Popular shows such as “House,” “The Simpsons” and “The Office” will all be available to watch.

You can sign up for an account and get in on the hulu-balu here.

Besides free access to movies and TV, the services aims to allows users to repost content outside the main site, similar to YouTube.  Users will have full legal permission to either embed an entire clip in a link or on the web, or embedded a specific clip from the content.

This more open permissions will likely lead to less headaches on Fox and NBC's part.  YouTube, which doesn't have such permissions and Google Video have both been blasted for piracy, as detailed in a recent DailyTech article.

Google was sued by Viacom earlier this year, for allegedly knowingly allowing the posting on its video websites of certain clips from TV networks such as Comedy Central.

Likely, the clips will cost more in order to make them this open, but Hulu only offers a small selection of premium television and cinema content, whereas YouTube offers some TV clips, but also offers a deluge quirky home videos.  The markets, while easily mistaken, are quite different, so the business model of advertising spot revenue for more open content seems to make sense.

The site will soon also be receiving support from Sony and MGM who have promised their own movie and TV content.

Some say that NBC's strong push to launch this service is an attempt to retaliate at Apple over their failed iTunes contract negotiations.  It was reported yesterday that NBC was hoping to get a cut of every iPod sold, as Apple "sold them on [NBC's] back".

Fox, however is for the most part pleased with its iTunes contract, by all indications.  It is simply hoping to expand its offerings and reach a broader audience.

Many DailyTech readers may be excited by the inclusion of NBC's Chuck, and soon Sci-fi Channel shows, such as Lost in Space.

Whether Hulu becomes a hit is yet to be seen, but the concept is certainly intriguing.

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Rumor now Reality?
By Mitch101 on 11/1/2007 12:43:53 PM , Rating: 2
soon Sci-fi Channel shows, such as Lost in Space.

I started that rumor about 2 years ago since Stargate SG-1 was going bye bye as Lost In Space I felt had the greatest unexploited potential for a comeback.

Sadly we got Flash Gordon on what looks worse than a low budget B movie with worse special effects than the orignial black and white series. Buck Rodgers would have been a better choice.

RE: Rumor now Reality?
By R Nilla on 11/1/2007 12:50:53 PM , Rating: 2
I loved watching the original Buck Rogers on Sci Fi back in the day. They used to air some quality, albeit cheesy, syndicated programming (Buck Rogers, Original BSG, The Incredible Hulk, Quantum Leap, etc.). Now they have one or two interesting shows and loads of made-for-TV movies that are absolute garbage.

RE: Rumor now Reality?
By Targon on 11/2/2007 7:18:00 AM , Rating: 2
The Sci-fi channel was only running the original movies during the day due to Halloween. It should be back to the "show of the day" from 8am-4pm now.

The programming at night changes a bit, with the "Sci-fi original movies" showing up on Thursday and Saturday nights. Fridays are still where the decent original series tend to show up, with garbage like Ghost Hunters on Tuesdays(I believe).

RE: Rumor now Reality?
By Ringold on 11/1/2007 1:14:57 PM , Rating: 2
At least they didn't bone up the new Battlestar Galactica, but I can't stand to watch Flash Gordon. I never got much in to Who Wants to be a Superhero either..

Eureka is a light-hearted shot at a geeky comedy though, I've liked it so far.

I only watch Stargate Atlantis out of.. a strange respect for the franchise. Once BSG's final season wraps up next year though I hope they get a new space opera, as they sort of did by replacing Farscape with BSG. I fear they might let a year or two dry spell pass without a quality space scifi show though.. that.. would be painful..

RE: Rumor now Reality?
By BladeVenom on 11/1/2007 1:50:11 PM , Rating: 2
Farscape was replaced by Tremors: The Series. Not that it lasted long.

RE: Rumor now Reality?
By Ringold on 11/1/2007 8:01:23 PM , Rating: 2
In theory, perhaps it was. For Sci-fi fans that tuned in to SciFi channel, though, like myself at that time, for Farscape it wasn't replaced until first the BSG mini-series and then BSG itself. A space drama.. can only be replaced with a space drama.

Not.. man-eating pissed off slugs. :P That's like replacing Batman cartoons with a We Were Soldiers mini-series. Completely different.

I think that its ratings sucked so bad proves that well enough. Surely some overlap but I was more of a Wrath of Khan guy than a AvP or Aliens guy.. Dune wasn't bad.. but the focus wasn't on the slugs.

RE: Rumor now Reality?
By Bluestealth on 11/2/2007 6:44:42 AM , Rating: 2
I watch Atlantis because I also watched SG1's early episodes which weren't the greatest either... I just hope it grows up into a great show too. I know a lot will disagree with me, but Richard Dean Anderson leaving the show as a lead did great things. It wasn't that I didn't like his character, but that he was a flat character to me.

RE: Rumor now Reality?
By JasonMick on 11/1/2007 1:19:41 PM , Rating: 2
Extra info on that one--

If you go to the About Us Page in Hulu, you can see a Lost in Space icon in a screenshot of the homepage. Whether this is referring to a new show, or the old show rebroadcast I am not sure, but I would assume its on the sci fi channel.

Anyone with more info please feel free to add on her.

RE: Rumor now Reality?
By Mitch101 on 11/1/2007 2:37:59 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like the original thats the original robot and font.

Looks like someone tried a 2004 pilot that didnt get picked up but it could be that the way they did it wasnt good.

Im sure Matt LeBlanc is available for work although I prefer Heather Graham to return.

RE: Rumor now Reality?
By Ringold on 11/1/2007 8:05:31 PM , Rating: 2
I really liked Matt LeBlanc as West in the movie, thought the whole cast was pretty good. Maybe could've done better with the plot for the movie but can only do so much.. Definitely served its purpose, they got lost.

Maybe I'll hold out hope for a Lost in Space replacement for BSG.. or.. nah.. Star Trek would never happen.

RE: Rumor now Reality?
By friedrice on 11/1/2007 8:00:15 PM , Rating: 2
You didn't start any rumors

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