Is Hulu Backing Off From a UK Launch?

Hulu is abandoning its plans for a launch in the UK — that’s the latest from the Telegraph on the U.S.-based online video site’s efforts to expand overseas. Despite spending more than a year in negotiations with UK broadcasters ITV, Channel 4 and Five to launch a local presence there, the Telegraph now reports that Hulu is finally ready to give up on the market.
The latest story follows a year-long effort by Hulu to line up exclusive content and advertising deals in the UK While Hulu has rapidly grown into the second-largest online video site in the U.S., with about a billion video views a month, the launch of a local, Hulu-branded service — which last summer was thought to be just weeks away, according to the Telegraph’s previous reporting — may not happen after all. Read More about Is Hulu Backing Off From a UK Launch?

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