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Hulu is launching tomorrow and has signed Warner Bros., Lionsgate, the NBA, and the NHL. The site also features premium web content from Vuguru, WatchMojo and WineLibrary TV. Hulu has come a long way for its early days when it was referred to as Clown Co […]

Hulu is launching tomorrow and has signed Warner Bros., Lionsgate, the NBA, and the NHL. The site also features premium web content from Vuguru, WatchMojo and WineLibrary TV. Hulu has come a long way for its early days when it was referred to as Clown Co by many including yours truly. Now it needs to find a mainstream audience.

With $100 million VC funding it has a long rope to build a business. On a personal note, during my sick days, Hulu was a constant companion, providing laughs on demand. I might have changed my mind about Hulu, but will others find the service attractive? More @ NewTeeVee

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  1. Thats a misleading headline. When I saw the words “ready for the world”, I thought you meant, they might actually allow people outside the US to use their site.

  2. Ready for the world? Will it be available outside the US, too?

  3. Om did put a question mark in his headline so I kinda forgive him there ;)

    When HULU and all the other US centric IPTV services provide global release windows for thier partners content then Om can proclaim

    “Ready for the World!”

  4. @kuldeep and @ Amit,

    Apologies for the slightly leading headline. It was mostly inspired by a song I was listening to when I wrote that headline. Oh Sheila, by a now forgotten band called, Ready For The World.

  5. And by “World” you mean continental USA of course?

  6. Om, I’m really happy to hear you came around to Hulu. Here in the office, I “test” Hulu all the time and always liked to believe long-form video content powered by the Internet would have a bright future. With services such as Hulu, advances in bandwidth upgrades and optimization, and soon, televisions with built in wireless capabilities, I think it won’t be too long before we can start watching Airwolf in the living room.

  7. @ Shah, I have been impressed by the quality of the video. I think if they started using technology from say Move Networks, the quality could be pretty good even on a 23-inch computer screen.

  8. @ Alex G: read the previous comment for explanation.

  9. I didn’t mean to criticize. I honestly want to know, if they are planning to launch hulu outside US anytime soon, spl. in India.

  10. I’m a fan of Hulu, but the first time I really needed the service was this past week when I was traveling outside the US. And then I discovered you couldn’t access it. What a bummer. Takes away a major reason to go there.

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