The mystery of the Hulu has been solved, sort of.
The streaming video site’s name means a Chinese gourd that holds precious things. Or from the Chinese words for “interactive recording.” That’s Hu and Lu, to you.
This inside info comes from the NBC Universal-News Corp. site’s chief tech man, Eric Feng.
The CTO unveiled a lot of interesting detail about the video site to TechCrunch’s Mark Hendrickson, who posted the Hulu lowdown in bullet form. Here are a few highlights:
- Hulu currently has “several hundred thousand users” who have submitted “tens of thousands” of feedback messages.
- The public launch should come in the next couple of months, probably around the end of March.
- High definition video will be rolled out gradually over the coming year with more and more content; the company believes that 2008 will be a year when online video companies start focusing less on convenience and more on quality.
- Downloads might come in the long term, but they are not something that Hulu is focusing on currently.