What Is HULU?
Hulu is a website and over-the-top (OTT) subscription service offering ad-supported on-demand streaming video of TV shows, movies, webisodes and other new media, trailers, clips, and behind-the-scenes footage from NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS, Nickelodeon, and many other networks and studios. Hulu videos are currently offered only to users in Japan and the United States and its overseas territories. Hulu also provides web syndication services for other websites including AOL, MSN, MySpace, Facebook, Yahoo!, and Comcast’s xfinityTV.
In addition to NBC, ABC and Fox programs and movies, Hulu carries shows from networks such as Current TV, ION Television, USA Network, Bravo, Fuel TV, FX, NFL Network, Speed, Big Ten Network, Syfy, Style, Sundance, E!, G4, Versus, A&E, Oxygen and online comedy sources such as Onion News Network.
Hulu distributes video on its own website and syndicates its hosting to other sites, and allows users to embed Hulu clips on their websites.
Hulu on TV
Since Hulu’s inception, consumers have been able to watch Hulu on their TVs by simply connecting a computer with a streaming capable video controller to the TV via HDMI or other connection. Additionally, the Hulu Plus service, allows first-party access to Hulu from a variety of Blu-ray linked TVs, Internet-connected televisions, iOS devices, gaming consoles, and set-top boxes.
Hulu is available for the iTunes App Store for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch running iOS version 4 or higher. Viewing the content on Hulu, however, requires a subscription.
Orb TV box, which streams Hulu on the TV for free when used in conjunction with a computer and a smartphone.
Hulu Desktop (Windows, Mac, and Linux)
Hulu has released a beta version of Hulu Desktop, a standalone program for watching Hulu programming without a web browser. The program uses a 10-foot user interface and is designed to be compatible with existing computer remote controls. It requires a Flash player and runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. Hulu Desktop does not currently support all content accessed through normal browser means.
Hulu on tablets
Hulu Plus, the monthly subscription package, unlocks the iPad application that allows streaming of some, but not all Hulu content from Wi-Fi and Wireless data networks via a dedicated iPad app. Hulu Plus is also available for the Android platform.
Hulu on smartphones
Hulu Plus, the monthly subscription package, unlocks the Android application that allows streaming all Hulu content from Wi-Fi and Wireless data networks via a dedicated app users may download freely. Hulu Plus is also available on the iOS platform.
Hulu includes programming from many sources, including Networks and channels:
Fox: Fox, FX, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, National Geographic Channel
NBC Universal: NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, Syfy, Oxygen
The Walt Disney Company: ABC, ABC Family
A&E Television Networks: The Biography Channel
Turner Broadcasting System: TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, truTV, CNN, Adult Swim
Producers and distributors
Hulu Original Series
The Morning After (2011-present)
A Day in the Life (2011–present)
Up To Speed (upcoming)
Spy (2011 US Only)
Misfits (2011 US Only)
Whites (2011 US Only)
The Booth at the End (2011 US & Japan)
Mongrels (2011 US Only)
Rev. (2011 US Only)
The Yard (2011 US Only)
Pramface (2012 US Only)
Fresh Meat (TV series) (2012 US Only)
Currently, Hulu’s content is only available in the United States and Japan.