4 May 2009
Online Media Mogul Hulu is the popular online video site that, up til now, has featured shows from the Fox family of channels as well as NBC Universal network and cable realm. With ABC joining in, Hulu's popularity is likely to increase (it's already the third most popular video destination on the Web, according to a recent Hulu press release, and served 41.5 million viewers in March).
From Disney/ABC's Thursday release, here are the offerings that will arrive shortly on Hulu: Episodes of "Lost," "Grey’s Anatomy," "Desperate Housewives," "Ugly Betty," "Samantha Who?", "Scrubs," "Private Practice" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live"
Episodes of ABC Family series such as "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "Greek"
Series from ABC Daytime and SOAPnet like "General Hospital" and "The View"
Shows from ABC’s library like "Hope & Faith," "Less than Perfect," "Commander in Chief," "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire" and "Dancing with the Stars"
Disney Channel shows such as "Wizards of Waverly Place" and "Phineas and Ferb"
Library titles from The Walt Disney Studios and short-form content including webisodes, sneak peeks and episode recaps from ABC Entertainment, ABC Family and SOAPnet
I'm a Hulu fan: The experience of watching full episodes there is a pleasure. The site is easy to use, elegant in its design and the video quality is excellent. ABC's episode-playing site is OK, but it is not nearly as user-friendly. The biggest hitch on ABC.com is the way the player stops to play an ad, then makes you restart the episode you were watching. I won't be missing that particular annoyance.