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From Hulu Labs: Face Match

December 8th, 2011 by Zhibing Wang Director of Research

You’ve seen it in every cop show from the future that you’ve ever watched. Some particularly creepy perpetrator does something really terrible, and he does it just out of view of the security cameras.

Since it’s fifty years from now, some guy with suspenders, giant glasses and computer skills at the precinct can fix this right away. All futuristically, he can just hover over that guy’s face and find out everything there is to know about this most-wanted scumbag, instantly.

Well, what if we told you we found a way to do that now?

We call it Face Match, and it’ll help you identify actors in the shows and clips you watch on Hulu just by hovering over their faces.

When you turn it on, the Hulu Face Match Engine can tell you more about the actors in the video the instant they appear. Just hover the mouse over a character’s face, and the video will pause to tell you a little bit more about that guy whose name you just can’t remember.

Yep, Face Match can help pick out the name of that actor or actress that’s on the tip of your tongue. But it will also help you know get to know the actors with some of their biggest roles, and we’ll even link to some of their personal Facebook and Twitter accounts.

To use Face Match, select the config button in the lower right corner of the video player while watching any show or clip. If Hulu Face Match is available for the video you’re watching, there will be an option to turn the feature on. You can also modify your default setting for Hulu Face Match on your personal settings page.

Face Match is still very much a work in progress—that’s why it’s in Hulu Labs—but we plan to increase the number of faces we recognize in shows and movies as we roll it out. To start, Face Match is available on all episodes from Glee, The Office, Wilfred, Modern Family and Lost.

Check it out, then share your thoughts with us at or our discussions forum.

We love to hear from you. And we’ll let you know when we figure out how to catch criminals with this thing.

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