Hulu Adds HD

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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