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If Hulu is making thank-you cards to send out to the people who have helped make it a hit, the company needs to make sure to write one up for folks over the age of 35. According to new stats from Nielsen, people between the ages […]

If Hulu is making thank-you cards to send out to the people who have helped make it a hit, the company needs to make sure to write one up for folks over the age of 35. According to new stats from Nielsen, people between the ages of 35 and 49 were the fastest-growing demographic in time spent viewing the site in the past six months, and in April these fogeys represented 30 percent of Hulu’s total viewers, spending more time on the site (an average of 416 minutes per viewer) than any other demographic.

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Hulu held onto its No. 2 ranking in April in the U.S., though that spot remains a distant second to goliath YouTube, which served up nearly 5.5 billion streams in April. Also impressive is that YouTube grew 35.5 percent year over year. Hulu grew 490 percent in the same time, but the site was just a couple months out of launch this time last year, so big growth is to be expected. YouTube hasn’t just held onto its No. 1 status, it’s increased its share of the total number of streams served, with 58.1 percent of streams in April 2009, up from 53.3 percent last year.

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Overall, the the number of unique viewers actually declined year over year in April, dipping 2.5 percent to roughly 116 million uniques in 2009 vs. 119 million in 2008. But, that smaller audience watched more videos as total streams grew 24.2 percent to 9.4 billion in 2009 from 7.6 billion in 2008, and both total streams per viewer and time spent per viewer had double-digit growth.

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  2. I think that Hulu is designed to appeal to an older demographic than Youtube. Older people grew up with TV as their main video media, not the web. Since Hulu markets itself more as a TV catch up or complement service to TV it appeals more to TV minded people than to web minded people. Also the content on Hulu is sometimes ritcher in older TV series that may appeal to the older demographics.

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  8. [...] en résulte qu’en terme de visionnage, la part de marché de Youtube est de plus de 58% aux Etats-Unis alors que celle de Hulu, pourtant numéro deux, [...]

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