Hulu has announced a straight-to-series order of ten episodes for Casual, a comedy series, to be Executive Produced and Directed by Jason Reitman (Juno, Up In The Air, Young Adult). The series centers on a dysfunctional family in which a bachelor brother and a recently-divorced sister coach each other on dating – after they’ve both moved home, like teenagers. Casual is planned for a 2015 debut on Hulu. For more, follow the jump. Continue reading Jason Reitman Series Casual Gets Ten-Ep Order from Hulu!
What if you could go back in time and change things – in this case, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy? That’s the premise of Stephen King’s acclaimed novel, 11/22/63 – and Hulu has announced a direct-to-series adaptation of the novel.
The nine-hour event series is from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions (Cloverfield, Person of Interest, Fringe, Lost), executive producer/writer Bridget Carpenter (The Red Road), Warner Bros. Television, and the author, Stephen King. No premiere date was given. For further details, follow the jump.
Can an otaku vampire who is obsessed with the human world find love with a pretty girl who becomes a ghost? That’s one of the questions behind the anime Blood Lad – which can be seen on Neon Alley and Hulu for a limited time only.
VIZ Media has planned a Special Limited Edition Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack – and a standard DVD set – of the 10-episode supernatural comedy series for release on September 2nd. For more details, check out the press release following the jump.
VIZ Media’s psychological thriller K begins a special limited engagement on both the free, ad-supported Hulu and the Hulu Plus subscription service beginning today. The complete 13-episode series – about a psychic war between seven kings – will run with dubbed English dialogue and be available until January 15th.
Follow the jump to check out the press release for further details
In a unique international arrangement, BBC Worldwide and Hulu have worked out a deal to co-produce the fourth season of the acclaimed – and potty-mouthed – political satire series, The Thick of It. The series, created and written by Armando Iannucci (Veep and the Oscar®-nominated In The Loop), is a smart, scathing satire of the inner workings of the British government.
Hulu and Hulu Plus will also run the first three seasons of the show. Follow the jump for the official press release.
Watching videos online used to be a hassle. Speed could be affected by a slow Internet connection like dial-up, which also influenced the rate at which data was being transferred across phone lines. Thankfully, streaming technology has seen many improvements. As more and more of the world becomes Internet-based, it’s no surprise that services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant are growing in popularity. Here’s a look at how streaming video and subscription services work.
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All online video content makes its way to a viewer’s home from a server. That computer network works with a plugin, a piece of software that decodes the information and results in the ability to watch the television show or movie the viewer has requested. Netflix relies on online file storage to handle their expanding catalog of streaming content, which includes both movies and television shows. Though the company has come under fire for its limited selection of new releases available instantly, not to mention its recent price hike, it is arguably the most accessible service, available through numerous services including game consoles like the X-Box.
Not yet poised to offer consumers a wide range of movies, Hulu is better suited to viewers looking for television programming. The site offers a wide range of programming from major networks, like Fox and ABC, but does not currently offer shows from CBS or pay channels like HBO. Much of Hulu’s programming is available without having to subscribe to Hulu Plus. Often, the last five episodes of a show are available to watch, allowing viewers to catch up on or discover new shows. Those who take the ‘Plus plunge’ pay $8/month (the same as Netflix’s instant service) and gain access to a wide range of services, such as a backlog of episodes of shows that are no longer on the air, like “Lost.”
Amazon Instant Video
Amazon Instant Video is quite similar to Netflix, although its programming cannot be watched on game consoles or handheld devices. The service is included with the annual cost of Amazon Prime, a members-only plan that offers shoppers free or deeply-discounted shipping on their Amazon.com purchases. Though the service currently offers fewer titles than Netflix, Amazon is busy building their catalog so as to offer customers a selection of the newest releases. Customers also have the option to buy or rent the television shows and/or movies they watch, capitalizing on the growing popularity of streaming content and shoppers’ natural tendency towards impulse purchases.
With a growing demand for instant entertainment, similar services are making their debuts, all of them anxious to occupy the number-one slot when it comes to home entertainment. Look for subscriber services being rolled out by companies like Comcast and Dish Network and online movies offered by Blockbuster, as well as continued changes to older services like Netflix. Considering there are only so many ways you can package the same service and call it different, success will likely visit companies who offer their customers the newest releases possible, all while keeping their prices competitive.
I don’t understand the appeal of Hulu. I find their website to be terrible and can never find a full length show to watch, just dumb promo clips. But fans of Hulu rejoice, the long rumored pay version of the service is official. For $10 a month you can subscribe to Hulu Plus. The service will be available on the PS3, iPad, iPhones later this year and next year they are creating a custom experience for XBox Live Users. I’m not sure if this is a compelling enough offer to make me switch from Netflix Instant Watch as it seems to contain a lot of the same content. But I’m all for these new streaming services. Full Press release after the break.
Hulu and The Walt Disney Company announce that Disney, through a subsidiary of ABC Enterprises Inc., has agreed to join NBC Universal, News Corporation and Providence Equity Partners as a joint venture partner and equity owner of Hulu, a leading online aggregator of video content.
Once the deal is completed, content available to Hulu users will include:
· Full-length episodes of ABC primetime programs like Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, Samantha Who?, Scrubs, Private Practice and popular late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live
· Full-length episodes of hit ABC Family series like The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Greek
· Popular series from ABC Daytime and SOAPnet like General Hospital and The View
· Classic series from ABC’s library like Hope & Faith, Less than Perfect, Commander in Chief, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire and Dancing with the Stars
· Select hit programs from Disney Channel like Wizards of Waverly Place and Phineas and Ferb which can be easily accessed from a new DISNEY location in the Channel section of Hulu.com
· Popular library titles from The Walt Disney Studios
· Short-form content including webisodes, sneak peeks and episode recaps from ABC Entertainment, ABC Family and SOAPnet