News Corp., NBCU launch Hulu test


NBCU and Fox are set to beta launch Hulu, their online video site that hosts their own, as well as other programming from partner entertainment companies including Sony and MGM. Hulu plans a major official premiere version in a few months. The site offers free, ad-supported viewing of full-length films and TV episodes. Hulu will also provide tools that let users embed full episodes on their own websites, personal pages, blogs, etc. Distribution will also be via partner sites including AOL, MSN, MySpace, Yahoo and Comcast.

Programming on the beta site currently includes Flipping Out, Psych, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Journeyman, Damages, LIFE, Picket Fences, Rob & Amber: Against the Odds, Andy Barker, PI, The Pretender, Vanished, Kitchen Nightmare, Monk, 30 Rock, The Loop, 24, Back to You, Family Guy, Kitchen Confidential, Dr. 90210, Inside the Actor’s Studio, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Kitchen Nightmare, Battlestar Galactica, ’til Death, American Dad!, K-Ville, Drive, Bones, Chuck, The Riches, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Friday Night Lights. Hulu will also offer older shows such as Lou Grant and Lost in Space, according to reports.