Tuesday, March 11, 2008
New Video Service "Hulu" Debuts
I've been wondering why FOX is so determined to expunge YouTube of clips of shows like The Simpsons and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, programs with a cult fan base. After all, the more exposure they get through clips would end up bringing them revenue by expanding their audience, right? Sure, people get a free peek, but the small size and resolution of YouTube wouldn't be enough for fans who want the real thing. It just whets their appetite. For instance, after watching (since removed) clips of BTVS, I've since acquired the entire series on DVD.
But now I've figured it out. Evil Uncle Rupert has hatched a rival video service (with NBC Universal). And it looks like they're featuring embeddeable full episodes of. . .The Simpsons and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and lots more. The service isn't entirely active yet, but when it is, I'll surely give it a whirl.
Hulu goes live with free TV shows, movies online
Hulu, the online video joint venture of News Corp. (NWS) and General Electric's (GE) NBC Universal, makes its public debut Wednesday with programming from Warner Bros., Lionsgate (LGF) and sports leagues. . .
Read more at: USA Today