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Hulu Plus Comes to Select WD™ Media Players

August 2nd, 2011 by Eric Berman Distribution

It’s always been our mission to bring world-class premium content to our users when, where, and how they want. And for those of you who prefer watching your favorite TV shows on the biggest screen in the house while stretched out across your recliner, I’m happy to announce that we’ve teamed up with our friends at Western Digital to continue to make your time at home a little bit more exciting.

Today the Hulu Plus subscription service is available on the WD TV™ Live Plus and WD TV™ Live Hub. For $7.99/month, WD TV users can now instantly stream any current season episode of top shows like Modern Family and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, catch up on full back seasons of series including Lost and The X-Files, and choose from hundreds of movies from Miramax and the Criterion Collection.

So kick back and enjoy! More devices to come soon.

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Android Rollout of Hulu Plus Continues on Four More Smartphones

July 13th, 2011 by Lonn Lee Sr. Product Manager, Hulu Mobile Applications

Three weeks ago, we announced our early rollout of Hulu Plus to six select Android smartphones. Today, we’re pleased to announce we’re adding four additional Android smartphones to our list of Hulu Plus-enabled devices, bringing the total to 10 supported devices.

Hulu Plus is now available on HTC Evo 4G, HTC ThunderBolt, HTC myTouch 4G and G2 — joining the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix in Android Market.

We’re extremely excited to offer Hulu Plus subscribers the opportunity to watch premium content on these smartphones when, how and where they want it. As we said when we initially launched, we’ll continue to work hard to support additional devices. Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming months.

Update 8/31:

To those whose Android device is not supported, I’m very sorry that we don’t currently support your Android model. Because Android phones and tablets each have a different set of specifications that we must take into account, we’re only able to support a select number of them at this point in time. We will be expanding Android support very quickly, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see support for your model available soon.

Again, I’m sorry for the frustration. We’re working hard to bring Hulu Plus to a wide variety of Android devices as soon as possible. Thank you for being patient with us in the meantime. If you have further questions please direct them to the support team.

Thanks,
James Goux
Hulu Support Lead

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Vincent Vega’s in the House

June 1st, 2011 by Andy Forssell Acting CEO and SVP of Content

Most moviegoers don’t notice what studio is behind any particular movie. We see the studio names flash on the screen in the opening credits and then they’re gone. Even to avid film lovers, it’s the movie that matters most. Sometimes the director, often the actors. But the studio for most people just isn’t a piece of information worth retaining, if even worth noticing in the first place.

Over the last couple of decades, though, the name of one studio just refused to lurk beneath the surface. It kept hitting us film buffs again and again, flashing briefly on the screen before movie after movie. And not just on any movies, but those kinds of movies that you talk about with friends, and that stay with you for days afterwards. It just kept repeating itself with a sort of resonant frequency, powered by a host of amazingly talented new creative voices, the raw energy of doing things that were truly new, and a certain taste that defied definition or categorization. Movies that weren’t just entertaining, but that seemed to truly matter.

That studio is Miramax. To anyone who really loves movies, the name Miramax matters.

If they didn’t get you in the early days with Cinema Paradiso or My Left Foot, then they got you later with Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Clerks and Sling Blade … or The English Patient, Trainspotting, Good Will Hunting, and Amelie. Movies that mattered just kept coming with the Miramax name attached. And it wasn’t just “serious” films that Miramax did well. They even managed to make genre films like Scary Movie and Scream break the mold for such films in a way that we just had to notice.

At Hulu, we spend a lot of time thinking about innovation and how to foster it. Apart from how much I love these movies themselves, that is another reason I have so much respect for Miramax. They innovated, and they were absolutely relentless about it for more than 30 years. So, I couldn’t be more excited to announce today that Miramax films and more are coming to Hulu and the Hulu Plus subscription service. On Hulu Plus, 27 titles are available today, with hundreds more to be added steadily over the next month or so. For those of you who are Hulu Plus subscribers, enjoy playing Pulp Fiction and many other great Miramax films in HD today on your Internet-connected TV, phone, or iPad. If you’re not a Hulu Plus subscriber, it’s a great time to try the service free for a week. And, in addition to all these great movies being added to Hulu Plus, starting in mid-June, we’ll be showcasing a selection of Miramax titles each month for free on the ad-supported Hulu service. This is the first time Miramax has made films available to movie fans on an ad-supported, on-demand streaming basis.

There are some films that give you a jolt the first time you see them. The really great ones hit you hard each time you watch. With moments like Uma Thurman and John Travolta’s Batusi dance scene, Samuel L. Jackson’s “Royale with Cheese” French lesson, and Christopher Walken’s warped story about a watch, Pulp Fiction is one of those movies. Each time I see that film, I discover something new, another level of detail from the mind of Quentin Tarantino. Now that it’s available on Hulu Plus, I plan to watch it yet again and see what comes to the surface this time. I hope you do the same: It plays as well today as it did the day it was released. A warm welcome to Vincent and Jules. Great to see you again.

Andy Forssell
SVP, Content and Distribution

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A thank you to a Hulu entrepreneur and innovator

April 30th, 2011 by Jason Kilar CEO

When I called Eugene Wei in June 2007 to ask him to join me as a summer intern on this adventure once referred to as “NewCo,” I knew he would be a great builder for our team. That internship turned into a nearly four-year career and, along the way, Eugene’s influence has permeated the nooks and crannies of Hulu, from the look and feel of the site to the customer-obsessed ethos that is as natural as oxygen here at Hulu.

Eugene is a builder, and similar to other builders, he has always had an overabundance of interests and not enough time to pursue all of them. Not surprisingly, Eugene’s next move is to build a company of his own. While it is hard for all of us to see a friend and colleague leave, we take pride in the accomplishments a builder like Eugene has achieved. In his time with Hulu, Eugene has been a central force in growing the product and developer team from five builders to 145 across Santa Monica, Seattle, and Beijing. And that hard work is enabling us to welcome more than 150 new builders across the company this year alone.

On behalf of the entire Hulu team, thank you, Eugene, for the amazing foundation you helped to build here at Hulu. Your work and your teams will delight so many people in the years to come.

Jason

Jason Kilar
CEO, Hulu

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Hulu Plus Available Today on Xbox 360: Stream Your Favorite TV Shows and Movies Through Xbox LIVE and Experience the Magic of Kinect

April 29th, 2011 by Pete Thompson General Manager, Xbox LIVE

Dear Hulu Community,

As a TV and movie buff, I’m excited to announce that as of today, Xbox is bringing you a brand new way to enjoy Hulu Plus content from the comfort of your living room. What makes it even better? No need to fish through your couch cushions to find the remote when you want to fast forward to your favorite action sequence or pause that TV show to grab a cold soda. With Kinect for Xbox 360, you can simply say “Xbox, pause” or use gestures to rewind, pause and fast forward your way through your favorite shows.

Joining an expanding catalogue of tens of thousands of TV shows, movies and sports, plus millions of songs, the addition of Hulu Plus gives U.S.-based Xbox LIVE Gold members and Hulu Plus subscribers the chance to instantly stream episodes of top shows and use their voice as the remote control. With a growing community of 30 million active members around the world and the only place to enjoy control-free entertainment, we can’t wait for you to experience Hulu Plus on Xbox LIVE.

It’s partners like Hulu that allow us to deliver amazing content, while also enhancing your living room entertainment experience through the power of Kinect. As Rob mentioned, you can even try Hulu Plus on Xbox LIVE at no cost between April 29 and May 6 thanks to our advertising partner, Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, who is sponsoring free access to all Xbox LIVE members (Free or Gold). It’s time to run that TV marathon party!

We’re looking forward to innovating further and the launch of Hulu Plus on Xbox LIVE marks just the beginning of what’s still to come. What will you be watching on Hulu Plus on Xbox LIVE this weekend?

Enjoy!
Pete Thompson
General Manager, Xbox LIVE

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