Hulu is a website that offers commercial-supported streaming video of TV shows and movies from NBC, Fox and many other networks and studios. Hulu videos are currently offered only to users in the United States.

Hulu provides video in Flash Video format, including many films and shows that are available in 480p. In addition, some TV shows and movies are now offered in high-definition. Hulu also provides web syndication services for other websites including AOL, MSN, MySpace, Yahoo! and Comcast's

History Edit

The Hulu venture was announced in March 2007, with AOL, MSN, MySpace and Yahoo! planned as "initial distribution partners". Jason Kilar was named the CEO in June.[1][2] The name Hulu was chosen in late August 2007, when the website went live, with an announcement only and no content. It invited users to leave their email addresses for the upcoming beta test.[3] In October, Hulu began the private beta testing by invitation, and allowed users to invite friends.[4] Hulu launched for public access in the United States on March 12, 2008.[5]

Hulu is a joint venture of NBC Universal and News Corp, with funding by Providence Equity Partners, which made a $100 million equity investment and holds a 10% stake.[6]

The name Hulu comes from a Mandarin Chinese proverb (宝 葫芦), in which it means holder of precious things.[7] Literally, it refers (in Chinese) to the calabash gourd.[8]

References Edit

  1. Hulu (2007-03-22). Template:Link. Press release. Retrieved on Template:Date. 
  2. Nat Worden (2007-03-22). "Google's Still on Top", Retrieved on 29 August 2007. 
  3. Nat Worden (2007-08-29). "Google's New Foe: Hulu", Retrieved on 29 August 2007. 
  4. Hulu (2007-10-29). Template:Link. Press release. Retrieved on Template:Date. 
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  6. Shirley Brady (2007-08-29). "NBC and Fox Jump Through Hulu Hoop", Retrieved on 29 August 2007. 
  7. Tim Stack (2008-03-28). "Hulu: Five Burning Questions", Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 27 March 2008. 
  8. "M.M.P.N.D. - Sorting Lagenaria names".

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