Hulu Debuts via Private Beta and on Distribution Partners AOL, Comcast, MSN, MySpace and Yahoo!

Company Announces Major Licensing Deals with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and Sony Pictures Television

Providence Equity Partners Makes Strategic Investment in News Corporation/NBC Universal Online Video Joint Venture

LOS ANGELES--()--Hulu today announced the beta launch of its online video service, offering 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 announced it has signed licensing deals with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Sony Pictures Television, marking a major milestone in its mission to bring consumers the most comprehensive selection of premium video content online. A collection of over 40 television shows from Sony will be made available at, 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. In addition, Hulu announced content partnerships with such leading programmers as Reveille, Smithsonian Networks, and World Wrestling Entertainment.

Hulu also announced it has closed a $100 million investment from private equity firm Providence Equity Partners, the leading global private equity firm specializing in media, entertainment, communications and information companies.

Were 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. 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.

"Consumers are clearly interested in easily accessing a broad spectrum of programming," said Peter Chernin, president and chief operating officer, News Corporation. "As a single source of free, on-demand programming from some of the most popular studios and online networks, Hulu helps consumers quickly and easily find and enjoy the premium content they are looking for."

NBC Universal is excited to give consumers the flexibility to enjoy our most popular shows online when, where and how they want, said Jeff Zucker, president and chief executive officer, NBC Universal. Hulus clean and crisp destination site, broad distribution network, and embeddable video player make for a powerful combination and will provide substantial reach to consumers online.

While is debuting in private beta, consumers will be able to also visit Hulus vast network of distribution partner websites: AOL, Comcast's, MSN, MySpace and Yahoo! to enjoy the extensive library of premium long-form and clip content. Together, these companies represent some of the most visited web destinations, bringing content to consumers where they are already spending much of their time. Each distribution partner features a unique, customized video player, ensuring a seamless viewing experience on all of their sites. Additionally, users can embed videos throughout the web, including their own site, in order to further extend distribution.

Hulu has partnered with a strong lineup of content providers including Bravo, CNET, Comedy Time, E! Entertainment Television, Ford Models, Fox Atomic, Fox Reality, FX Networks, FUEL TV, G4, Golf Channel, IGN, Movieola, National Geographic, Oxygen, SPEED, Sundance Channel, Sci Fi Network, The Fight Network, The Style Network, X17 Online, USA Network, Versus and more.

Hulu is bringing together a wide array of premium content that will engage audiences and meet their rapidly growing demand for quality online video, said Jonathan M. Nelson, chief executive officer of Providence. We are pleased to partner with News Corporation, NBC Universal and Jason and his talented team to support Hulus growth.

Dedicated to providing users with an enhanced online video experience, offers an elegant interface that makes content the central focus. At the same time, innovative features allow users to enjoy, share, and embed videos in new and exciting ways. The beta period will give users an opportunity to test the service and provide valuable feedback which will help to shape the Hulu service.

To sign up for the private beta, viewers can go to

At launch of beta, Hulu's programming will include the following full-length episodes, clips and feature films:


Breaking Away

30 Days

Buck Rogers

30 Rock

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The A-Team



Chicago Hope

Age of Love



The Comebacks

Alfred Hitchcock Hour

Conan the Barbarian

Alfred Hitchcock Presents


American Dad!

Death Sentence

Andy Barker P.I.

Doogie Howser, M.D.

Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?

Dr. 90210

Arrested Development


Back To You

Family Guy

Battlestar Galactica


Battlestar Galactica Classic

Flipping Out

Big Ideas for a Small Planet

Fox Movie Channel presents "Casting Session"

Bionic Woman

Fox Movie Channel presents "Making a Scene"

The Blues Brothers

Fox Movie Channel presents "World Premier"

The Bob Newhart Show

Night Gallery


October Sky

The Breakfast Club

The Office

Friday Night Lights

Over There


Picket Fences

Hill Street Blues

The Practice


The Pretender

Inside the Actors Studio

Prison Break

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia


The Jerk

Queer Eye


The Riches


Rob and Amber: Against the Odds

King Of The Hill

Saturday Night Live

Kitchen Confidential


Kitchen Nightmares



Simon & Simon

Las Vegas

The Simpsons

Late Night with Conan O'Brien



St. Elsewhere

The Loop


Lost in Space


Lou Grant

Talkshow with Spike Feresten

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

The Tonight Show

Master and Commander:
The Far Side of the World


McHale's Navy

Weekend at Bernie's

Miami Vice

WKRP in Cincinnati


Woody Woodpecker

Murder One
My Bare Lady
My Name is Earl

About Hulu

Hulu is an online video service that offers a selection of hit shows, clips, movies, and more at and other destination sites online. Hulus selection of premium programming is provided by leading content companies, including NBC, FOX, MGM, Sony Pictures Television, as well as Access Hollywood, BNET, Bravo, CNET, Chiller, Comedy Time, E! Entertainment Television, The Fight Network, Ford Models, Fox Reality, FX Networks, FUEL TV, G4TV,, Golf Channel, IGN, LXTV, Movieola, MyNetwork TV, National Geographic, Oxygen,, Reveille, Sleuth, Smithsonian Networks, SPEED, Sundance Channel, Sci Fi Network, The Style Network,, TV Guide, TVG, USA Network, Versus, World Wrestling Entertainment® and X17 Online. This content is available on and distributed through Hulus partners: AOL, Comcast, MSN, MySpace and Yahoo!.


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Christina Lee, 310-571-4759
Edelman for Hulu
Becky Farina, 323-202-1898
Betsy Foudy, 323-202-1068