Hulu Launches Online Video Service

Hulu will beta launch its online video service Monday. The service offers viewers a vast selection of streaming, on-demand, premium programming on a free, ad-supported basis.

Hulu content includes full-length current and archived television programming as well as
clips and an initial selection of feature films.

Hulu has signed licensing deals with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Sony Pictures Television. A collection of over 40 television shows from Sony will be made available at Hulu.com, while full-length television shows and feature films from MGM will be available through the Hulu service.

Hulu will also offer content from two leading broadcast networks (Fox and NBC), over 15 cable networks (Bravo, E! Entertainment, FX, Sci Fi, USA, and more), four of the largest Studios (Fox, MGM, Sony and Universal) and a broad array of independent, web-centric content providers.

"We're excited to bring a wide selection of popular content to fans, on-demand and free - from full episodes and clips of hit shows like Heroes, House, The Office, and The Simpsons, to feature films like The Blues Brothers and Sideways," said Jason Kilar, chief executive officer of Hulu said in a statement. "The launch with our distribution partners as well as our beta is an important first step in delivering a service that lets people enjoy their favorites, anytime, anywhere."