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March 12th, 2008 by Jason Kilar CEO

Hulu Goes Live

1:46 A.M. – Launch!

In these short 18 weeks since we began private beta testing, we’ve been working hard to kick the tires and check under the hood in preparation of opening the doors to our site. With well over 10,000 pieces of user feedback, we’ve heard your suggestions, comments, criticisms and praise. Today we are excited to leave our private beta and open Hulu.com to everyone in the U.S.. Our streaming video service is free – anyone in the U.S. with a broadband internet connection and a computer can just press play to enjoy.

We’ve also made significant additions to our content line-up. With the help of over 50 top content providers such as FOX, NBC Universal, MGM, Sony and Warner Bros., we’ve more than quadrupled the number of shows in our library, and on top of that, we’ve added 100 full-length movies. Hulu offers full-length episodes of not only current hit shows like The Simpsons and The Office but also classics like The Incredible Hulk, Miami Vice and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and in some cases, as with Arrested Development, Firefly, and Friday Night Lights, we have every episode ever aired. Our expanded library of full-length movies has something for everyone, from The Usual Suspects to The Big Lebowski, Me, Myself & Irene, Mulholland Drive and (one of my personal favorites) Three Amigos!.

While we’re excited about the progress we’ve made during the last 18 weeks, we are well aware that we’ve got a long way to go in our mission to help people find and enjoy the world’s premium content. As a frustrated media consumer myself at times, I know we still have much work ahead of us before we can confidently say that we are bringing all the great content that is out there to users on their terms. It won’t happen overnight, but I’m optimistic about the progress we’ve made so far and will continue to make. We’ll work closely with our content partners to bring you the best collection of premium videos on the web, and we’ll continue to develop and leverage technology to make media truly easy for you. Your feedback has been critical in shaping the Hulu service, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Jason

P.S. For a longer and more eloquent description of the kind of company we aspire to be and the kind of ragtag crew we are, check out the personal blog of Hulu’s own Eugene Wei. He has a way with words, that Eugene.

Last comment: Apr 19th 2014 225 Comments

Invite your friends!

February 8th, 2008 by Eric Feng

Hello Hulu beta users – we’re excited to announce that starting today you’ll be able to invite your friends to join the Hulu private beta. All beta users will have 10 invites to send out to whomever you want. To send an invitation, just click the Invite a friend link at the top of the page, enter in any email, and then click the submit button. Your friends will then be sent a personal invitation to the Hulu.com site where they can find and enjoy hit television shows, movies, clips, and more.

We hope you’ll spread the word about Hulu so we can continue to gather feedback to improve our service. We’ve certainly learned a lot from the tens of thousands of comments, suggestions, and emails you’ve sent us and we look forward to hearing more of what you and your friends think. Drop us a line at anytime.



Eric

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Welcoming More Beta Testers

November 8th, 2007 by Jason Kilar CEO

Today, a bit over a week after we first opened the doors of Hulu.com, we’re sending out thousands more invites to users on our sign-up list. It has been an exciting eleven days for us, given the level of interest in Hulu that we’ve received. We are thrilled to see that so many people are eager to test the Hulu service.

For those using the service, we’ve made it even easier to provide feedback. Included at the bottom of every page inside Hulu.com’s website, you’ll find a small feedback form that let’s you submit a comment, suggestion or bug. Just click on the feedback link, type your feedback and submit. Additionally, you always have the option of emailing us at feedback@hulu.com. Your feedback is valuable in shaping the Hulu service as we improve and update the site during our private beta.

One of the questions that we’ve been asked many times the past week is if the service will be available outside the United States. Today, the service is a U.S. service only. That said, our intention is to make Hulu’s growing content lineup available worldwide. Given that this requires clearing the rights for each show or film in each specific geography, it will take time. In no uncertain terms, the Hulu team is committed to making great programming available across the globe. I’ve been very encouraged by how many content providers have already been working along these lines so that their programs can be available over the internet to a much larger, global audience. There’s a lot of important work still to be done.

We also recognize that a free, streaming online video service is just the first step in our mission to deliver premium content when, where and how you want it. We won’t stop innovating in the pursuit of this mission.

We’ll keep you updated on our progress throughout the beta on this team blog. Thank you for all the feedback shared so far. More to come from this side.

Jason Kilar ()
CEO, Hulu

Last comment: Apr 22nd 2014 107 Comments

Beta Testing Begins For Hulu

October 28th, 2007 by Jason Kilar CEO

Today marks the first day of Beta testing for the Hulu service.

We’ve been hard at work on a service that offers a great selection of television shows, clips, feature films and more that you can enjoy for free and on-demand. At Hulu, you’ll find current hit shows like The Office, Prison Break, The Simpsons, Heroes, and many more. You’ll also find a large number of classic television series, including Arrested Development, Miami Vice, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The A-Team. We’re also going into beta with an initial selection of feature films that includes Conan the Barbarian, Sideways and The Blues Brothers.

Starting today, we are sending out invitations which will allow users to access the private beta at Hulu.com. If you haven’t signed up, you can do so by visiting Hulu.com. As well, this week we’ll start serving Hulu’s content lineup to our distribution partner websites, which include AOL, Comcast, MSN, MySpace and Yahoo.

The team here is excited to gather real user feedback. We’ve made it easy to leave comments and suggestions through a feedback form which can be found next to each video that is played on the site. We’re committed to making the service great, which means that we’ll be reading every piece of feedback and working hard to improve the service each day. You should expect to see us adding more content and more functionality throughout the private beta period and beyond.

Not everyone will receive an invitation to the private beta today, but we will be ramping up the number of invitations to the private beta each week. In the interim, we’ve captured a number of screen shots for those interested. Here’s Hulu’s homepage, which we just pushed live:

On behalf of the Hulu team, thank you for giving us the chance to present this service to you. To a person, this team is extremely passionate about fulfilling what we see as a big consumer need: to enable people to find and enjoy premium content when, where and how they want it. Great content needs to be that easy. Please know that this crew of technologists, user interface geeks, and all-around media junkies will not stop in our pursuit to provide you more and more premium entertainment to enjoy on your terms.

Thanks in advance for your feedback…

Jason Kilar ()
CEO, Hulu

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A Hulu Hello

September 4th, 2007 by Jason Kilar CEO

Welcome to Hulu! Our passionate and growing team here has been very hard at work on a service that we’re quite excited about. We’ll keep you updated with news as we go along.

The first bit of news we’d like to share is that we have a name: Hulu.

Why Hulu? Objectively, Hulu is short, easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and rhymes with itself. Subjectively, Hulu strikes us as an inherently fun name, one that captures the spirit of the service we’re building. Our hope is that Hulu will embody our (admittedly ambitious) never-ending mission, which is to help you find and enjoy the world’s premier content when, where and how you want it.

The second bit of news is that we are now accepting sign-ups at hulu.com for invitations to our web site’s private beta. The Hulu private beta will be available in October. In the interest of delivering a great customer experience and making sure that we can address any feedback that comes along the way, we’re going to start small and grow iteratively in terms of the volumes of people that we invite to participate in the beta. Within that same timeframe, we will also be offering great programming through our distribution partner sites: AOL, Comcast, MSN, MySpace, and Yahoo.

Ok, now it’s time for all of us at Team Hulu to get back to work! Don’t forget to register your email address for the upcoming private beta.

Jason Kilar (),
CEO, Hulu

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