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Hulu Goes HD

6 Dec, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Hulu, the online video distribution site co-founded by News Corp. and NBC Universal, has begun offering clips in high-definition.

On the site's HD Gallery, users can stream select clips with 128x 720 resolution, provided they have a fast Internet connection (2,400 kbps or higher), Adobe Flash Player 9 and a fast computer.

Launched in October as a private beta test, Hulu currently features ad-supported episodic television programming (and HD clips) from “The Office,” “Prison Break,” “Arrested Development,” “Miami Vice,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “The A-Team.”

The service also offers select movies, including Conan the Barbarian, Sideways and The Blues Brothers.

Hulu also features episodic TV from Sony Pictures and movies from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

The site launched with $100 million in funding from Providence Equity Partners, a private equity firm specializing in entertainment ventures.

“We limited the bitrates on these HD streams to allow as many users as possible to sample HD video,” said CTO Eric Feng, in a statement. “We look forward to a day when this becomes the baseline for video quality on the Web.”

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