Hulu Wins, Who Loses – UPDATE

5/5/09 More goodness today from The Silicon Insider on Hulu.  Another possible loser: Comcast. The story leads with a powerful statistic:More than 40% of U.S. households under age 35 watch Internet video on their TVs at least once a month, according to research firm In-Stat.

If more and more programming is available online, then why the need for cable and dish services.   My only concern is will the momentum of Hulu intensify the Net Neutrality issue.  The web should be free and equal, however if it’s costing media companies money, this won’t be the case for long.

I think I’m turning into a Hulu fan boy.  I’m on Hulu, I’m on Hulu. Take a good hard look, because I’m on *bleep* Hulu.

5/4/09 Very cool look at the Hulu|ABC deal from BusinessWeek’s Cliff Edwards.  Looks like a potential winner and loser could be Apple.  The Hulu deal could threaten Apple’s pay-as-you-go iTunes service. Edwards continues:

For Hulu, partnerships with cable companies would be key. Comcast (CMCSA) and other major companies are worried that the trickle of subscribers dropping cable in favor of online programming may become a flood. The cable industry could speed its own efforts to distribute programming online by paying Hulu to create specialized Web sites that would let their cable subscribers view Hulu content and other premium video as an added benefit to monthly service, says James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research (FORR).

Jobs is Disney’s largest shareholder. Pressure might be on to show how this will all work out.  Apple is just as much a media company as it is a computer company.  I’m sure the Mac Pirates have it all figured out.  We just get to sit back and wait…possibly this summer.

Either way, this Hulu thing could change media viewing for the foreseeable future.  Now this is something worth tuning in for.

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