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March 26th, 2008 by Eugene Wei SVP, Audience

One of the curses of a busy office job is not being able to find time to stay in shape. Here at our Los Angeles office, we try to break up late work nights with occasional ping-pong and foosball matches just to keep our muscles from atrophying. If only watching sports could burn as many calories as playing them. We’ve been adding a lot of content since we launched out of private beta, and one category we’ve focused on augmenting is sports.

We’ve added our first set of content from both the NBA and the NHL to our site, just in time to catch the last leg of their regular seasons. In a banner season for the NBA, with classic franchises like the Lakers and Celtics back as title contenders and star players swapping uniforms in blockbuster trades, you can keep up with daily happenings through NBA Daily Recaps, or you can get your fill of highlight reel plays through videos in the NBA 5-Star Plays and Top 10s sections. We’ve also just added our first few full-length classic games to the site, including Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game.

For hockey fans, we’ve added a variety of ways to keep up with the NHL. If you just want a quick periodic update, NHL’s Best of the Week highlights the week’s best assists, goals, saves, and hits. For those with more time, revisit some classic NHL games from this season or years past. We’ve also loaded our first batch of NHL player profiles, for those who are curious about what some of the players are like off the ice.

All this is in addition to the sports content we already had on our site, such as full length episodes of action sports shows like Firsthand and The 808 from Fuel TV and full length college football games like the epic Boise State-Oklahoma battle in the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

As with all of our content categories, this is just a baby step towards the type of selection we believe can find an audience online, but we’re always open to your feedback and thoughts.

Eugene (eugene.wei@hulu.com)

Last comment: Apr 4th 2008 11 Comments
  • Eugene says:

    Thanks for the feedback everyone. We don’t yet have a forum launched for these types of questions, but the best way to reach us with general feedback is through feedback@hulu.com which we monitor daily. If you have technical issues, for example with video playback, you can e-mail support@hulu.com. Most answers to common questions can be found at http://www.hulu.com/support. In the meantime, here are a few responses on questions posed here. To turn on closed captioning, look for the (cc) button next to the volume control in the player. It will appear if an episode has closed captioning available. We’re working to increase our closed captioning coverage. As for content additions, we’ve got an entire team working full-time just to acquire more episodes of content we have, and more new shows and movies that aren’t on the site at all. We can’t publish definite timelines for every show, but know that we try to get as much up as quickly as possible. We’ve also got updates coming down the road for the entire profile section which should address a lot of the questions here. Thanks for all the questions, and stay tuned.

  • Keri says:

    Hi,
    You all work hard, and you do a great job. It’s a great site, and great that it’s free. Thanks!
    Keep up the good work!

  • Brandi says:

    I’ve noticed that on some shows you have episodes from several seasons, but some seasons are missing — Bones (FOX) for example has no episodes from season 2, will these be added? If so, when?

  • Magister says:

    Bill – A lot of people have asked for closed-captioning, but I’ve only seen the feature on the newest episodes of “The Riches” and “Dirt”. Perhaps as shows come back from the strike this will change, but those are the only two places that I’ve seen functioning cc, thus far.

    BTW – Hulu: I’ve been letting my kids watch some of the old shows. My preschooler loves “Emergency” and my daughter has been getting into “Bewitched”. It’d be really great, if there was some kind of “bookmark” system, so that I can pre-approve acceptable content.

    Back when you were still in beta, they had to login through my profile and a bookmarking system wasn’t such a big deal, but now that we can create a profile for my kids, it’d be terrific if I could just pre-approve a list of shows, all at one time.

  • becca says:

    why is it such a pain to reorder items in the queue? i’d love it if hulu would take a cue from blockbuster.com on this one.

    i also agree that it would be helpful to know when items are going to expire.

    what happened to the feedback option?

    and i’d love it if ratings became part of a member’s public profile (i.e. see that user’s highest-rated items)

    keep up the good work!

  • Beverly says:

    Hi folks and thanks for all the good work!

    I’ve a problem, however. I’ve registered, entering my birth year of 1962, and yet when I try to watch a movie I get the large note saying you’re sorry, but I have to be over 17. I haven’t been able to find ANY way to get the system to properly recognize my age, or to contact hulu staff about the problem. I tried re-registering, using a different ID and email, and got the same problem. Hey, I wouldn’t mind being under 17 again (briefly!), but passed that many years ago.

    So, HELP please, how do I fix this or get it fixed?

    Thanks!!

  • megan says:

    Hi there,

    Thanks for bringing viewers such an excellent new way to watch videos! Like Titan and Erin, I’m not sure if this is the place to post questions, or if there is a better place, but I’m having trouble with Buffy, Season 2. I was able to watch Season 1 just fine, but the episodes in Seaosn 2 (i’ve tried to watch 1-5 so far) seem to stutter step in a really annoying way – as if the video is still loading. Even when I leave the computer for half an hour then come back to see if I can watch, I only get through a few minutes of video before the frozen frames and stuttering start up again. What’s the deal? I’d love to keep watching…

    Best,
    Megan

  • Erin says:

    i’m not sure if this is where i should post this, but

    i think you should add an option of searching for episodes that are expiring soon. right now you have to click to the individual show’s page to find out if the episode is about to expire which is a time consuming process. i don’t want to miss an episode i planned to watch.

    thank you,
    erin

  • Titan says:

    is there a hulu forums where we can talk to fans and the people running the site?
    i have a few questions to ask about the site but don’t know how to get a hold of anyone.

    is the blog all there is for posting questions?

  • Bill says:

    How do you turn on the closed captions?

  • jeni breckon says:

    hulu staff congradulations! As a past highprerssured public emloyee of the ratrace you never recieve enough thankyous pat on the back for a job well done great work with out that “But” always aproaching in the end.It was all of these that drove me to isolation in to my own little prision from the outside world. The more your give the more “They” the higher-ups want, and it is never enough for them. I say you are doing great, magnificent,outstanding,top-of-the-class,superior work,beyound dedicated, great job, and most important there would be no hulu without all of you! Please post 4 staff!!! Bjuon Huge fan.

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