Ben Shepherd writes: I love Hulu – it’s so good. TV on demand … all the shows I like, when I like them.
Only downer is it’s IP blocked to anyone outside the US.
There was talk last year Hulu were in town talking to the local TV stations about launching a local version. My sentiment then was Hulu didn’t really need to work with the local guys, as between the two parents (NBCU and Fox) they pretty much had all the shows people would want to watch.
It would be very interesting reading to get a true idea of torrent popularity in AU and the TV shows that are driving the increased usage of torrent programs.
I think we’d find a lot of shows available to US eyeballs on Hulu would be in the top 20. More often than not these shows are downloaded illegally via torrent because torrent is effectively the only way to see them. Either they don’t air in AU, or they air infrequently, or they air in dud times (ie past 10:30)
I’m talking awesome shows like …
– 30 Rock (big in US, not even sure when it airs here)
– Family Guy (big in AU but no idea when 7 shows it)
– American Dad
– The Office US
– Daily Show (on Foxtel at a reasonable hour but that and the Colbert Report are saving “Comedy” Channels ass here in AU)
– Prison Break
I’m not one to hate on the TV networks for pushing these shows into average timeslots – I am aware that for a mass audience they probably don’t generate the ratings required to get sufficient ROI for the airtime they are in … but I do feel that these shows have a sufficient enough audience to be sustainable via a channel like Hulu in AU.
Whats more, Hulu could kick start video advertising online properly in this country … something that is still yet to happen (attention Fairfax … TV isn’t running ads in a media player, TV is actual TV shows)
Hulu. Please come to australia and bring your awesome shows with you. It will keep me entertained and will also help evolve the local online video offering beyond the dark ages where it currently is.
Liam Walsh writes: Australia is a ways behind with getting tv shows viewable online. Not sure it is the dark ages though. We are a smaller country and it is ahrd to make money from online video.
Revenue is still low for advertising supported video. When this grows, there will be more options for businesses like Hulu, notwithstanding the obvious challenges about rights management.
More importantly, again it is time to challenge Ben on his taste, namely
When did these things become good shows?