Ben Smith


Hulu launches live TV streaming service

Hulu has launched its new live TV streaming service in beta in the US, offering more than 50 live and on-demand channels for US$39.99 per month. The Hulu with Live TV service, which it launched at launched at its Upfront presentation in New York, includes 50 hours of recording storage, up to six individual profiles and […]

Hulu buys content recommendations firm

Hulu has acquired the technology behind The Video Genome Project (The VGP), in a deal designed to enhance its content recommendations. The VGP is a structured database of video content and Hulu said it would combine the proprietary technology with its own recommendation engine to create “a more powerful way to surface the right content […]

Hulu ditches free service, Yahoo steps in

Hulu is canning its ad-supported streaming and catch-up service, with a chunk of its free content moving to a Yahoo View, a new service from the ISP. The remaining core Hulu services will be the paid-for US$7.99 and US$11.99 SVOD tiers. The news comes soon after Time Warner bought into the on-demand business, paying US$583 […]

Hulu poaches Xbox exec

Hulu has appointed Richard Irving as vice president, product management, with the new recruit joining the on-demand service from Microsoft’s gaming platform Xbox. In his new Seattle-based role, Irving will work across product management at Hulu. In almost two decades at Microsoft he helped develop the Xbox partner programme and several functionality elements of the […]

Hulu brings in former Xbox exec

Hulu has appointed former Sonos and Xbox executive Ben Smith as its new senior vice president and head of experience. With the hire, the US video streaming service said it is bringing together four teams to make up its experience organisation – product, user experience, digital video production and customer support. Smith will lead the […]