Online video, television and movie addicts alike are rejoicing this morning as Hulu has officially announced that its private beta blanket will be lifted tomorrow, as predicted. The service will become open to the public, initially in the US only, and what began as an NBC / Fox depot has announced hoards of additional content partners. Unfortunately the massive amount of hype surrounding the service of late has resulted in traffic surges that Hulu just couldn’t handle this morning. Now on top of everything else that the well-funded start up has to do in order to prepare for tomorrow, it must determine how to better-accommodate the tsunami of visitors already hitting the site prior to its launch. Assuming all is in ordered come tomorrow, those who have snickered and sneered at limited content will surely be silenced. Why? Well let’s have a look at the list of content partners that Hulu has wrangled:
FOX, NBC Universal, MGM, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros. Television Group, Access Hollywood, AST Dew Tour, BNET, Bravo, Broadway Video, CenterStaging, Chic.tv, Chiller, CHOW, CNET, Comedy Time, E! Entertainment Television, ExerciseTV, FEARnet, Ford Models, Fox Atomic, Fox Movie Channel, Fox Reality, Fox Searchlight, Fox Sports, Fox TV Studios, Fuel TV, FX Networks, G4TV, Gamespot, Gamespy, Hidden Universe, IGN, Image Entertainment, Lionsgate, LX.TV, MEN7, Mojo, Movieola, My Network TV, National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Digital Shorts, NBA, NBC Sports, NBCU TV, NHL, Oxygen, Paley Media, Red Bull, Reveille, Salient Media, SciFi Channel, Shout! Factory, Sleuth Channel, SpaceRip, Speed, Sundance Channel, Taste TV, The Fight Network, The Golf Channel, The Onion, The Style Network, Thought Equity, TV Guide, TVG, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Twentieth Television, Universal Pictures, USA Network, Versus, Vuguru, WatchMojo, Wine Library TV and World Wrestling Entertainment®
Tremendous. We’re now more excited about this service than ever. In private beta, Hulu has seen over 5 million viewers in the past 30 days alone. Congrats to CEO Jason Kilar and the rest of the team at Hulu; they could very well have a game-changer on their hands.