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Online video distribution startup Hulu has added high-definition content, one of the first tests of the new Adobe Flash Player that was released today, which supports streaming HD. Hulu’s HD content is limited, just a gallery of sample movie trailers and clips from Universal and Fox […]

Online video distribution startup Hulu has added high-definition content, one of the first tests of the new Adobe Flash Player that was released today, which supports streaming HD. Hulu’s HD content is limited, just a gallery of sample movie trailers and clips from Universal and Fox Studios, a spokesperson told us via email. Right now it includes 10 trailers from movies such as Jumper, 27 Dresses and Hitman.

huluhd.jpeghuluwidescreen.jpegThe gallery appears to be available only to existing Hulu beta users, and embeds are disallowed. Click on the thumbnails for screenshots.

The HD stuff looks good. It’s way better than existing Hulu full-screen videos, which is not as precise as some of the same content that’s streamed on NBC.com, for example. The HD content takes a bit longer to load than Hulu’s normal videos and currently does not include ads. You can go either go full screen, as per your computer’s specifications, or to a larger player at 1280×720 dimensions. The streaming still skips a bit, which Hulu tends to do on my machine.

Hulu is a joint venture of News Corp (NWS) and NBC (GE). It offers content from those companies as well as Sony and MGM. The videos are distributed on web portals such as AOL, MySpace, and Yahoo, but they are only available in the U.S.

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  1. Hulu actually looks pretty good. I watched weekend at bernie’s and the experience was actually not that bad.

    My thing about long form video, I just don;t want to sit there and watch a movie on my LCD. I rather watch it on my TV. I’m sure the internet will spread to more televisions through various offerings.

    I’ve watched a number of videos from YouTube on my Wii, and Connect360 is great when it comes to watching items from my iTunes on my XBOX 360.

    The future possibilities definitely look promising.

  2. Vid-Biz: HD Flash, Google, WebFives « NewTeeVee Tuesday, December 4, 2007

    [...] Vid-Biz: HD Flash, Google, WebFives Flash Player 9 Now Offers HD; move could put pressure on YouTube to adopt higher-quality vids. (Wired; our story on how Adobe partner Hulu is one of the first to use its new HD capability) [...]

  3. i’m a little impressed. they could work on the compression of the hd content a little more, but this is a really nice experience. better than abc’s streaming offering.

  4. Tiago Dória Weblog » Blog Archive » Mais High Definition na tela do computador Tuesday, December 4, 2007

    [...] mesmo, o Hulu, site de vídeos da NBC e da NewsCorp, começou a publicar, em fase de testes, vídeos em HD. Em sua maioria, trailers e videoclips, conteúdo mais atraente para ser distribuído em alta [...]

  5. Liz, both your reports mention skipping and pixelation. What download speeds do these streams need? Standard and HD?

  6. Podcasting News » Adobe Flash Is The New Standard For HD Internet Video Wednesday, December 5, 2007

    [...] More from Liz Gannes at NewTeeVee. Rate This Post: Bookmarking links: [...]

  7. For HD, Hulu says:

    System Requirements for viewing HD videos at Hulu
    Flash Player 9.0.115.0
    2.5Mbps Internet connection or greater
    Windows: Intel Pentium 4 3GHz processor (or equivalent), 128MB of RAM, 64MB of VRAM
    Macintosh: Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor, 256MB of RAM, 64MB of VRAM
    Linux: Intel Pentium 4 3GHz processor (or equivalent), 128MB of RAM, 64MB of VRAM

  8. For standard:

    Q : What are the technical requirements to watch videos at Hulu.com?
    To enjoy videos at Hulu, you will need the following software installed on your computer:
    Internet Explorer 6.0 or above, Firefox 1.5 or above, or Safari 2.0 or above
    JavaScript and Cookies must also be enabled.
    Adobe Flash Player 8.0 or above
    Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Microsoft Windows Vista, Macintosh OS X, or Linux

  9. Nielsen – Adobe – Hulu – Sprint – FCC – Nokia – MediaBytes 12.05.2007 | MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer Video Wednesday, December 5, 2007

    [...] will allow for the broad delivery of HD content via the web. HULU has implemented the software to add HD content to its free, ad-supported TV service. Currently, the content is limited to trailers and clips meant [...]

  10. For all those whining about Hulu’s video … [Online Video]  »TechAddress Friday, December 7, 2007

    [...] For all those whining about Hulu’s video quality, the NBC-News Corp. venture as added high-definition content to its Web library. Right now, offerings are limited to a few movie trailers, but we’re betting shows will pop up in HD before long. Not that that solves Hulu’s terrible interface or lack of selection, of course. [NewTeeVee] [...]

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