Infobox Dotcom company
company_name = Hulu, LLC
company_slogan = Watch your favorites. Anytime. For free.
owner = NBC Universal and News Corp
company_type = Joint Venture
foundation = August 29, 2007
location_city = Los Angeles, California
location_country = U.S.
key_people = Jason Kilar, CEO
homepage = []

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url = []
launch_date = March 12, 2008
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website_type = video on demand

Hulu is a website that offers free, ad-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 in a higher resolution and bit-rate than YouTube, but lower than standard-definition television, though many films and shows are available in 480p. Hulu also provides web syndication services for other websites including AOL, MSN, MySpace, Yahoo!, and Comcast's Hulu provides one of the largest free video selections from a collection of over 50 broadcasting networks. It allows the users to watch shows with limited commercial interruption.

Content providers

Hulu distributes video both on its own web site and syndicated to other sites. [cite news |url= |title=Can Hulu Find Its Mojo With Viewers? |accessdate=2008-03-19 |date=2008-03-11 |author=Rebecca Dana and Emily Steel |work=The Wall Street Journal ] In addition to NBC and FOX programs, Hulu carries shows from other networks such as Comedy Central, PBS, USA Network, Bravo, Fuel TV, FX, SPEED Channel, Sci Fi, Style, Sundance, E!, G4, Versus and Oxygen.

Television shows

Hulu offers full episodes and segments from over 400 different TV shows, some no longer on the air, some in syndication, and many currently shown only in the United States. The TV content on Hulu is provided by NBC, Fox, and their TV production subsidiaries Universal Media Studios and 20th Century Fox Television, respectively, as well as the aforementioned cable networks, and other TV studios such as Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros. Television, MGM Television, and Lionsgate Television. Hulu allows users to share or edit these clips. Shows that get the most traffic on the site include "The Daily Show", "The Colbert Report", "Battlestar Galactica", "The Simpsons", "Arrested Development", "Family Guy", "The Office", "Saturday Night Live", "American Dad!", and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia". It is the original host of Joss Whedon's "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog".


Hulu offers over 100 motion pictures that range from classic to modern films. The movie content is provided by studios such as Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, MGM, Lionsgate Entertainment, and Sony Pictures among others. Hulu also offers trailers for new and upcoming movies. R-rated and TV-MA content is available unedited but only for registered users.


Hulu has an online social networking feature which allows users to create video clips for posting in other online communities.]


The Hulu venture was announced in March 2007, with AOL, MSN, MySpace and Yahoo! planned as "initial distribution partners". [cite press release |url= |title=NBC Universal and News Corp. Accounce New Online Video Venture |work= [ Press Room] |publisher=Hulu |accessdate=2008-03-28 |date=2007-03-22] cite news |url= |title=Google's Still on Top |accessdate=2007-08-29 |date=2007-03-22 |author=Nat Worden |] Jason Kilar, formerly of, was named CEO in June. [cite press release |url= |title=Jason Kilar Named Chief Executive Officer |work= [ Press Room] |publisher=Hulu |accessdate=2008-03-28 |date=2007-06-28] The name "Hulu" was chosen in late August, 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. [cite news |url= |title=Google's New Foe: Hulu |accessdate=2007-08-29 |date=2007-08-29 |author=Nat Worden |] In October Hulu began the private beta testing by invitation, and allowed users to invite friends. [cite press release |url= |title=Hulu Debuts Via Private Beta |work= [ Press Room] |publisher=Hulu |accessdate=2008-03-28 |date=2007-10-29] Hulu launched for public access in the United States on March 12, 2008.

Hulu is a joint venture of NBC Universal and News Corp, with funding by Providence Equity Partners, which made a USD$100 million equity investment and holds a 10% stake. [cite news |url= |title=NBC and Fox Jump Through Hulu Hoop |accessdate=2007-08-29 |date=2007-08-29 |author=Shirley Brady |]

The name "Hulu" comes from a Mandarin Chinese proverb(宝葫芦), in which it means "holder of precious things".cite news |url=,,20185419,00.html |title=Hulu: Five Burning Questions |accessdate=2008-03-27 |date=2008-03-28 |author=Tim Stack |work=Entertainment Weekly] Literally, it refers (in Chinese) to the calabash gourd.cite web
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External links

* [ Hulu Official website]

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