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Veoh wants to have it both ways: legit distribution deals with the likes of CBS (NYSE: CBS) and guerrilla tactics to showcase NBC and Fox co…

Veoh wants to have it both ways: legit distribution deals with the likes of CBS (NYSE: CBS) and guerrilla tactics to showcase NBC and Fox content from Hulu. Prison Break, Heroes and other other prime-time shows, as well as episodes from Hulu’s catalog are on Veoh now without any agreement. Beyond the embedded versions, which use the Hulu player, Veoh also is making full download episodes available through its own player VeohTV although the source of the two episodes I tried didn’t appear to be Hulu. (A Veoh spokesman says none of the VeohTV downloads come from Hulu.)

The News Corp.-NBCU JV is still in private beta as a destination site — although that could lift as early as this week — but shows also are being distributed through a partner network that includes AOL (NYSE: TWX), MySpace, *Comcast*, MSN and Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) via a Hulu video players skinned for the various sites; hulu.com beta users can post embedded video ranging from clips to full TV episodes or movies on their own sites. Hulu’s standard statement when the Veoh use became public late last week: “We encourage the viral distribution of Hulu content in accordance with our terms of use.” When I asked if Veoh was within the terms of use, a Hulu spokesperson replied: “No, this doesn

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  1. Interesting. I don't know if it's related, but when I wrote about this last week, I couldn't get the ads to work on any of the Hulu videos I played on Veoh. This problem persisted for a few hours, and then the ads started working again.

    http://newteevee.com/2008/01/03/veoh-pulls-an-openhulu/

    It was odd because the embed player ads worked consistently on OpenHulu and TV Paradise during that same time. Veoh insisted they didn't monkey around with the player, but it was still weird to get no ads 100 percent of the time.

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  2. I could be wrong but I think this is Veoh's way of forcing Hulu to the M&A;negotiating table…

    http://watchmojo.com/web/blog/index.php/2008/01/04/veoh-assertive-bold-and-crazy/

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  3. If you want to watch hulu videos legitimately without an invite you can still head over to http://xrrg.com/index.php/h/

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