Those of you stateside have really come to appreciate Hulu for watching shows from NBC, FOX, and ABC online. Many of you outside of the US, however, have been anxiously awaiting the date when you too could reap the benefits of the free online video site.
Unfortunately, we have bad news for you. According to The Daily Telegraph, the Hulu UK roll-out was originally slated for September of this year, but has now been pushed backed to early 2010. This is likely a direct result of the fact that Hulu has yet to ink any deals with UK content providers.
The article suggests that Hulu is most likely to sign a non-exclusive deal with ITV in exchange for equity in the company in the near future, but, ‘it has yet to get any other content partners on board, despite nearly six months of discussions with BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4.’
A source at Hulu is optimistic about a January launch, but is quoted as saying that the UK site would need at least two solid deals to seed it with enough content. The source iterated that, ‘It will probably go after a deal with BBC Worldwide … this will give it enough material to launch and probably take three to four months after its first deal with ITV … So you’re hopefully looking at a January 2010 launch.’
Bottom line is that if you’re outside the US, you’re out of luck for the immediate future.