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Hulu will arrive on the iPhone

Hulu a service for watching videos on demand very popular in the United States that offers films and live television shows, in particular NBC, FOX, Comedy Central, PBS, USA Network, Bravo, Fuel TV, FX, SPEED Channel, Sci Fi, Style, Sundance, E !, G4, Versus and Oxygen. The service allows you to watch whole episodes or part of them of over 400 television channels allowing you to share and even edit parts of the video. There is no shortage of film productions with an offer that includes both great classics and recent films. Cinematic content is provided by Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, MGM, Lionsgate Entertainment and Sony Pictures just to name a few of the major names.

InformationWeek reports that Hulu would be working on a specific player for iPhone and iPod Touch and that the application will appear in a few months in the App Store allowing the use of the streaming service on WiFi and 3G networks. The application will only work when connected with fast connections and probably will not support EDGE due to the high bandwidth required.

There are already other applications for watching TV programs (e.g. Joost and TV.COM) but none of these reach the popularity of Hulu. The iPhone is an attractive mobile platform because – as repeatedly demonstrated – Apple smartphone users tend to take advantage of data connections much more than owners of other mobile devices.

The biggest problem that the developers of the Hulu player will have to overcome the use of the service without resorting to Adobe Flash (iPhone does not support Flash) probably adopting a conversion system similar to that used by YouTube. The future version 3.0 of the operating system for iPhone could make the application even easier thanks to many new tools available for developers and to the possibility of viewing video-streaming through HTML 5 which would allow – among other things – to reduce the bandwidth required for viewing movies.

Remember that, in any case, Hulu for iPhone will be reserved for markets where the service is available today, that is to say the American one. (By Mauro Notarianni)