Proving once again, for a website to become an intimate part of life and culture, its odds are greatly enhanced by containing the comedy “oo” sound, as Hulu marched one step closer to becoming indispensable by pacting with Disney.
Rejoice, rejoice, for the future is now. Confirming rumors that appeared last month, Disney and Hulu announced on Thursday that the media giant and online video-streaming site will be joining forces.
What does this mean for you, the savvy online video-watching consumer? Well, it means Hulu has inched one step closer to being the central repository for watching television online. Disney brings with it much of its primetime content from ABC including hit shows like Lost, Desperate Housewives, and Gray’s Anatomy. In addition, the deal also includes older shows such as Hope & Faith and Commander in Chief as well as content from some of Disney’s cable networks like ABC Family and the Disney Channel.
This leaves CBS — which recently purchased CNET — as the only major network that hasn’t made a deal with the streaming video site, Hulu. Now shows such as Lost and Grey’s Anatomy will now be available outside the annoying and buggy ABC.com site.
Disney is now a 30 percent owner of Hulu, and will seat three members on Hulu’s board. It’s good to see, in a time of utter panic and crisis, that someone is deciding to do something about the future.