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Hulu: You Can Stop Laughing Now …


Why Hulu? Objectively, Hulu is short, easy to spell, easy to pronounce and rhymes with itself. Subjectively, Hulu strikes us as an inherently fun name, one that captures the spirit of the service we’re building.”

–Jason Kilar, CEO, Hulu, the News Corp./NBC Universal video service that sounds like it was named by the Web 2.0 Bull—t Generator™, went into private beta today, and while critics continued to snicker at the name, most admitted the ad-supported service was, by and large, pretty decent. ”I am impressed thus far,” wrote BoomTown’s Kara Swisher. “I will, of course, reserve judgment until I get to test-drive it for a while, but in concept and tone and aims–that is, more open than I ever expected the service to be–it is off to a good start.”

Over at GigaOm, Om Malik, who ridiculed the service this past summer, reversed course and called it brilliant. “From the moment I learned about the new company, I was skeptical,” he wrote. “And now, after spending three hours or so on the service, I am ready to eat crow. And not just any crow, but rotten, six-month-old crow: I have never been more wrong. … Hulu doesn’t seem like a YouTube (GOOG) competitor. (This is yet another thing I was wrong about.) What it really is trying to do is time shift–and place shift–television on a massive scale. It’s basically an attempt to counterbalance the tight control that cable and satellite networks have over distribution. [Hulu] is the kind of service that should scare start-ups trying to develop their own distribution platforms, such as Joost. It is also the kind of service, if it can attract enough viewers, that could succeed in relegating YouTube and others like YouTube to the ‘user-generated content’ world, at least in the U.S. market.”