We have been hearing about Hulu for quite a long time now and we had yet to see what is had to offer. Well, the site is now officially opened to the public, as of March 12th 2008. They had been in beta since October 2007.
Hulu’s ambitious and never-ending mission is to help you find and enjoy the world’s premium content when, where and how you want it. We hope to provide you with the web’s most comprehensive selection from more than 50 content providers including FOX, NBC, MGM, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, and more to deliver premium programming across all genres and formats, television shows, feature films, and clips. Watch full-length episodes of current primetime TV shows such as The Simpsons and The Office the morning after they air, classics like Miami Vice and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and clips from Saturday Night Live, Nip/Tuck, and others. Hulu also offers full-length feature films like The Usual Suspects, Ice Age, Three Amigos!, and The Big Lebowski as well as clips from films such as Napoleon Dynamite, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Devil Wears Prada and many more. Hulu is free and ad-supported — available anytime in the U.S
Just like many other web sites that offer services of this sort, the content is only available to US audiences. That’s an easy problem to get around if you want to set yourself up with a proxy server. I have tested this succesfully.
Hulu looks very interesting and I hope their content becomes available to a wider audience, but in the mean time, what they have to offer may be the beginning of a new wave of media content availability on the internet. We’ll need to wait a little bit to see how much engagement they will get from viewers and if the studios will continue providing updated content to keep viewers coming.