Ep 17 of 2011
In what could be seen as inevitable, streaming of media to our TV's Desktops and Mobile devices is a step closer this week with the announcement that Hulu is preparing to launch in Australia with sources close to the project flagging it might launch with or without the support of the commercial free-to-air TV networks.
According to Hulu's website, the company's mission is to help people find and enjoy the world's premium video content when, where and how they want it.
Hulu, which offers free ad-supported on-demand streaming of TV shows and movies, has been a runaway hit in the US, where it garners hundreds of millions of streams a month on desktop computers and internet-connected TVs. Hulu is an online video service that offers a selection of hit shows, clips, movies and more at Hulu.com.
Hulu brings together a large selection of videos from over 260 content companies, including FOX, NBC, Universal, ABC, MTV Networks, Comedy Central, National Geographic, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., and more. Users can choose from current primetime TV hits such as The Simpsons, Modern Family, and Glee.
In a report last Thursday by Asher Moses, the strongest indication yet that Hulu is launching in Australia, is that the company filed for an Australian trademark on March 29.
"Local TV networks have been reluctant to support Hulu because there is a fear that it will drive people away from their core business – broadcast TV. However, some networks are embracing the service fearing they might miss out on capitalising on the shift towards online TV streaming. A network source close to the launch of Hulu in Australia said the local unveiling was not imminent but was definitely on the cards and the service would launch with or without the local TV networks."
It's only a matter of time before we see companies like Hulu hit our shores, all be it from the other side of the planet. Locally, we have catch up TV in one form or another, and as we're all buying internet connected TVs these days, it's probably timely to consider a bigger bandwidth allocation when looking for internet access.
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Android: Open Signal
The ultimate wifi and signal finding tool. Supports GSM, CDMA, 4G, 3G, 2G. The best toolkit for improving your cellular and wifi signal.
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