Thursday, April 30, 2009

ABC joins Hulu, catches up to the 21st century

Upon closing, the agreement will enhance Hulu's programming line-up through the expanded online distribution of Disney's most popular current and library primetime series and library feature films. In particular, full-length episodes of hit current and library programs like Lost, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Private Practice, Ugly Betty, Scrubs, Greek, Hope and Faith, Less Than Perfect, Wizards of Waverly Place, Phineas and Ferb, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, General Hospital, The View and The Secret Life of the American Teenager will soon be streamed on Hulu on an ad-supported basis. [...]

Jonathan M. Nelson, CEO of Providence, said "Hulu is creating significant value for users, advertisers and content owners. This balance, together with aggregated professional content and an expanding base of over 200 brand advertisers, is establishing Hulu as a compelling online video monetization platform. Hulu is a bright spot in the new media landscape."

Unfortunately for me, I don't watch a single ABC show, except occasionally Scrubs, but it's always good to see more networks abandon their shitty, laggy proprietary players to join the Hulu bandwagon.

And anyway, there's better stuff in their back catalog which will, I'm sure, make its way online eventually, such as Roots, Boy Meets World, Spin City, Eli Stone, Max Headroom, the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (although with the DVDs only just released in 2007 and 2008, I'm under no illusions the eps will be posted anytime soon), Galactica 1980 (the original Battlestar Galactica is already on Hulu), even Back to the Future: The Animated Series.

Because, come on, Bifficus Antanneny absolutely needs to see the light of day again, am I right?

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