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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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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.

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