Hulu, the NBC Universal/News Corp. joint online video venture, publicly launches Wednesday with new partnerships with Warner Bros. Television Group, Lionsgate, plus an expanded film slate.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deal with WBTVG will bring full episodes of Babylon 5, Welcome Back, Kotter and clips from Friends. Lionsgate releases on the site will include Requiem for a Dream and Killing Zoe.
Hulu also recently signed content deals with Michael Eisner's production studio Vuguru, which produced Prom Queen; the Onion News Network; the NBA; and the NHL. The site also will showcase full-length NCAA men's basketball tournament games from the past 25 years.
In addition to content from NBC and News Corp. and those networks' cable properties, the site also has programming from Reveille, Smithsonian Networks and World Wrestling Entertainment and full-length movies from Sony, Fox, Universal and MGM. In all, the site has more than 50 partners, full-length episodes of more than 250 series and more than 100 feature-length movies.