We launched a bunch of new features to Hulu at around midnight, debugged for a while, and then just before 3am the late night crew here hopped into cars and rushed over to hit our late night go-to spot, the taco truck near Vons in West Los Angeles. Taco trucks do a poor job of branding. They have no names, only locations, and they are all referred to just by the generic name of their classification: taco truck.
That truck typically operates from 10pm to 3am, but on this night, it was not there. You know the economy is bad when even the taco trucks are impacted.
So we went to Izzy's Deli in Santa Monica and celebrated our labors until 4 in the morning.
Some of the new things you'll find on Hulu:
- Discussion boards
- Channels, including new ones like anime (Naruto or Mushi-Shi, anyone? Death Note?) and Food and Leisure (Giada!)
- Improved queue management, including the option to separate out subscription alerts from expiration alerts
- Show recommendations - at the bottom of each show page, we recommend other shows you might like based on what people are viewing.
- New TV and Movies homepage layouts
There are other subtle changes, some of which you may notice as you browse around the site.
Two other cool Hulu news bits: the latest issue of Wired magazine has an article on us, and Tina Fey mentioned Hulu when accepting the Emmy for 30 Rock as best comedy series on Sunday night. It's probably the closest I'll ever come to having Tina Fey say my name. Good enough.We're also still working hard on adding and replenishing our content library. Here's the season three premiere of Heroes.
Okay, I will go collapse now.