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Hulu to Get Some Premieres Early

It pays to have big media backers. Case in point: Hulu, which will not only be offering season premieres of hit TV shows from FOX and NBC, but will be debuting a number of shows online before they appear on television.

Over the next seven weeks Hulu will kick off the fall TV season with shows like Prison Break, Bones, House, Heroes, The Office and 30 Rock.

Additionally, in a bid to generate some online buzz, the site is getting Knight Rider, Lipstick Jungle, Chuck and Life a week before launching on television.

Putting select shows online before they air on oldteevee is becoming par for the course for networks. Last year, HBO released the Flight of the Conchords pilot on MySpace, iFilm and iTunes before it went up on the pay cable channel, and earlier this year NBCU launched season four of Battlestar Galactica on 10 hours before it was on television, and Showtime premiered the season two opener of The Tudors on YouTube.

7 Responses to “Hulu to Get Some Premieres Early”

  1. It’s an interesting move to experiment with the release time for new TV series or episodes online before they air on TV. The more conventional approach – simultaneous release or making episodes online immediately after they air – has advantages too of course. ABC Family is doing that with shows like “Secret Life of the American Teenager” and “Greek” on Lycos Cinema ( The appeal there is that fans can watch (or rewatch) the episode and chat about it real-time with other fans.

  2. I don’t know if this is common knowledge but i went to HULU After reading this post then as i was checking my browser for flash compatibility(My interner expolrer my other browser) I saw something incredible HULU has finally mastered Broadcast quality video(Not just 720P HD)When you click on a show like Prison Break or One Tree Hill which is what i happened to check they have 480p option the quality was Outstanding About as close to braoscast as it’s going to get(Besides live)