The average YouTube viewer may have found a new site for clips of their favorite shows–and may even get more than they bargained for. Slated to go live on Wednesday, Hulu, will take viewing pleasure to a whole new level with “full-length episodes from more than 250 televisions series, including The Simpsons and Buffy the Vampire Slayer along with more than 100 movies” according to a report from Reuters.
Sports fan will even find a new reason to cheer since Hulu has signed the video licensing deals with the NBA and the NHL. From the preliminary audience tally from the beta site launched in October, Hulu is already reported over 5 million viewers within the past month–an impressive statistic for such a young, semiprivate site.
Streaming video of your favorite prime time shows has just gotten a little bit easier since YouTube’s rival went beyond the everyday video blog and instituted full seasons of select current shows and movies supported by trailers rather than disruptive ads intended to interrupt the viewer.
According to Paul Glazowski, a blogger at Mashable.com, the expectation of ABC and CBS to join the venture is imminent. The union would ‘undoubtedly offer considerably more weight to Hulu’s long-term business prospects. If Hulu was backed by the networks and the vast industry behind the large networks, a wider audience can be reached by simultaneously generating more ad revenue.
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