Deal Brings ABC, Disney Content to Hulu

By April 30, 2009

Things continue to get better for we TV viewers who don’t own TVs. Disney’s new deal with Hulu means that, with the inclusion of ABC content, three of the four major networks will be putting their content on the fast growing video site. In a article, Gartner research vice president Mark McGuire said that “Disney is acknowledging that [Hulu] is clearly more than just a couple of networks throwing some of their content online." “This is a fairly serious platform they need to be part of,” McGuire added. Disney is acquiring 30 percent of the video site launched last year by NBC and FOX.

While it appears the majority of the content is coming from ABC channels, some Disney films and shows will play on Hulu as well.

Hulu, which launched last March, has become the number three video site on the Web in only a year, surpassing Yahoo! In March.

380 million Hulu videos were watched last month, 2.6 percent of the total web videos viewed, accounting for 4.9 percent of total minutes users spent watching video, according to comScore.

Overall, online video viewing grew 11 percent from February’s total.

Also this week, Sony Pictures announced the availability of more than 100 films on its video site

The variety of the site’s content is impressive, carrying everything from classics like Rudy, Ghostbusters and Groundhog’s Day, to cult greats like El Mariachi, Heavy Metal and Shakes the Clown. boasts a rich collection of Godzilla films, and adds a few contemporary features like Quantum of Solace and Spiderman 2 to round out its eclectic mix.

Last week, PBS announced the launch of its own video portal, which includes shows like The News Hour, NOVA, Nature and Masterpiece, which is currently running Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit, for those who wish to escape today’s grim economic reality with a trip into the even grimmer sphere of 19th century Realism.

Other good news for those of us way out on the cinematic long tail – fans of indie horror – has recently began offering 10 feature-length films per week for viewing, mixing classics such as The Toxic Avenger series and Night of the Creeps with mainstream films like Saw and The Descent, rounding out the selection with straight-to-video fare that rivals anything in SyFy’s glorious cannon.

This truly is a great time to not own a TV.

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