Free video service sports Fox, NBC, MGM, Sony content

Online video services have cropped up just about every other week lately, but they seem to fade into obscurity just as quickly as they appear. However, a new video service spearheaded by media heavyweights News Corp and NBC promises a different formula.

As the Associated Press reports, the service—dubbed Hulu—has opened today as part of a limited beta test. Among Hulu’s library are not only shows from News Corp and NBC, but also Sony, MGM, and other, smaller content providers. That adds up to 90 TV shows, including 24, Battlestar Galactica, Family Guy, Heroes, House, Journeyman, and The Office. All shows are available for free on an ad-supported basis, and users can reportedly share shows and embed clips on the Web.

According to the AP, Hulu is set to launch publicly early next year. Meanwhile, interested users can sign up for the test on hulu.com. The AP adds that, not long after the launch of the beta test, Hula shows will be made available on AOL, Comcast, MSN, and Yahoo.

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    • stmok
    • 12 years ago

    Comments like this seem disheartening…
    => “the streaming video of Hulu doesn’t work outside of the US”

    That doesn’t help anyone in the rest of the world, does it?

    I guess the rest of us non-US folks will stick with torrents then! 🙂

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 12 years ago

    Sadly, I bet it won’t be compatible with OS X.

      • stmok
      • 12 years ago

      Yeah, same with us Linux users as well. 🙁

    • SpotTheCat
    • 12 years ago

    Battlestar Galactica. I’m really looking forward to the last season.

    • lex-ington
    • 12 years ago

    Captain Hulu . . . you have the com . . . uhh .. . I mean bridge!!

    • king_kilr
    • 12 years ago

    Just gave them my email for the beta, this is definitely something I could use.

      • albundy
      • 12 years ago

      dont get your hopes up. I’ve been waiting for months.

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