When it comes to movie and TV streaming platforms, few are as massively popular (or as critically acclaimed) as Hulu. In fact, the only streaming site that rivals it is the original one that inspired services like Hulu and all the rest: Netflix. Hulu, however, in its 12 years of providing quality content (both original and syndicated) has given Netflix quite a run for their money. I know a lot of people personally who have actually switched over from Netflix to Hulu in the last 5 or so years. Plus, with Hulu’s recent merger with Disney, it is beginning to look like the growth and potential for this streaming platform is becoming unstoppable.
Here’s an interesting bit of trivia that I bet you didn’t know – something that you can flaunt on the Hulu subreddit sometimes and make yourself sound smart (while also potentially earning yourself a fair share of karma): “Hulu” comes from a play on two mandarin words. First, there is húlú, which refers to a calabash or a bottle gourd. Then there is hùlù which is Mandarin for something like ‘an interactive recording.’
The company’s own blog sheds some more light on this concept. “In Mandarin, Hulu has two interesting meanings, each highly relevant to our mission. The primary meaning interested us because it is used in an ancient Chinese proverb that describes the Hulu as the holder of precious things. It literally translates to ‘gourd,’ and in ancient times, the Hulu was hollowed out and used to hold precious things. The secondary meaning is ‘interactive recording.’ We saw both definitions as appropriate bookends and highly relevant to the mission of Hulu.”
Speaking of making use of the Hulu subreddit, r/Hulu is so much more than a place where you can rattle off your obscure Hulu trivia in exchange for upvotes. It is also, it turns out, an invaluable resource for discussing all things related to the streaming platform. A huge community of fellow Hulu lovers gathers on r/Hulu in order to discuss their favorite things that they are currently binging on the streaming site, as well as what is going on behind the scenes, help with common tech issues, and to share memes and Hulu user inside jokes.
There are a few staples of the company, now executives, who were necessary for Hulu’s early development: Bruce Campbell, Peter Chernin, JB Perrette, Michael Lang, Beth Comstock, and Jason Kilar. This is the group of innovators most frequently credited with founding Hulu back when the venture was announced in March of 2006. Once the project was announced, it was also made public that tech giants like AOL, NBC Universal (now Comcast), Yahoo, Facebook, MSN, and Myspace were to be the initial development partners. Jason Kilar, of the original bunch of founders, was named CEO of Hulu toward the end of 2007
The name of the service, though, was not chosen until August of 2007, when the website first went live (even though it featured no content at the time). However, the site did allow potential users to leave their emails to be a part of a massive beta test of the site, which began in October of 2007 (and allowed approved users to invite their friends). It wasn’t until March 12th, 2008 that Hulu officially launched in the United States.
It didn’t take very long at all, though, for Hulu to prop itself up as one of the biggest (and, thus, most profitable) streaming services in the world. By the time 2011 rolled around, it was reported that an unnamed bidder offered Hulu over $2 billion to acquire the site. Rumor had it that Hulu began seriously considering selling itself for the massive cash out. Thankfully, though, they did not. They still had more groundwork to lay down and new services to roll out for us over the last decade.
In 2017, though, when Disney decided to go around buying a stake in almost every media company there is, it was announced that Disney, along with its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, would be in ownership of 30% of Hulu’s assets. That, however, was not enough for Disney. They then went on to strike a deal on March 20th, 2019 which gave Disney majority ownership of Hulu, at 60%. This is why you often see services like Hulu, Disney Plus, and ESPN Plus bundled together in special discount packages.
With Disney financially and strategically backing Hulu, the sky is truly the limit for this streaming service. They have already begun buying the rights to plenty of production studios and TV networks’ content. Who knows where Hulu might go from here? Of course, you can read up on all of this and more on the massive community that is r/Hulu.
Created on May 7th, 2008, r/Hulu has grown to become one of the largest subreddits dedicated to a streaming platform.
Which brings us to everything that you can expect from using r/Hulu. First of all, there are plenty of fellow Hulu heads for you to convene with. The community has a grand total of 47 thousand members, with somewhere between 500 and 1,000 online at any one given time. Sure, this isn’t the largest subreddit there is, but it is still big enough to be extremely active. And if you have any questions or concerns regarding Hulu, you can almost certainly have them resolved here if nowhere else.
r/Hulu features a convenient ‘filter by flair’ option that allows users to very quickly and easily find posts related to anything that they might be looking for. The featured filters on the front page include “Question, not answered,” “Hulu with Live TV,” and “News/Article.” Knowing your way around this feature of the Hulu subreddit will make things a heck of a lot easier when it comes time to find specific content on the page (plus it will prevent you from potentially committing the faux pas of posting something that has already been shared or addressed by another user).
r/Hulu also features a list of useful links, all located along the right-hand side of the main subreddit page. Here, you can quickly find access to official Hulu links; ways to contact Hulu and/or provide Hulu with feedback; a handy archive of Hulu related help pages and support resources; a library of links for info on pricing, plans, logins, and ads; a bunch of news and announcement related resources; and a quick access list of all the different Hulu apps on the market. As far as subreddits go, few are more conveniently organized and pragmatically useful than r/Hulu.
One thing that I really enjoy about this subreddit in particular (and something that seems to be blatantly missing from many subreddits related to streaming platforms) is the way in which the moderators and members actually go out of their way to stoke discussion. For instance, the moment you land on r/Hulu, you should notice a pinned thread, the title of which reads, “What are you watching and what do you recommend on Hulu?” The thread, too, is refreshed weekly. This is a great way to inspire helpful and fun engagement on r/Hulu. In fact, I find myself returning to this subreddit nearly every week for new show and movie ideas.
Suggestions that I have for r/Hulu
One area in which r/Hulu’s moderators seem to cut the community short lies in some of the rules. They seem to be a bit unnecessarily strict. I’m sure that there are good reasons for many of them, but the one that sticks out to me as maybe being excessive is the rule that reads, “No memes, surveys, petitions, contests, or videos.” Why would you want to limit users from creating a fun and lighthearted environment?
Sure, maybe you could argue that if this rule weren’t in place, r/Hulu would be much less of a convenient and useful resource than it currently is … I’m sure you’d have to filter through a lot of insignificant content to find solid answers to real questions and concerns about the service that you might have. But, then again, there is already a quick ‘filter by flare’ option, so, it just seems slightly limiting in terms of fun for no reason.
If you are looking for a comprehensive resource for all things related to one of the most popular streaming services in the world, Hulu, then this subreddit is the place for you. Get your questions answered, resolve tech issues, get recommendations for what to watch, and keep up with the latest on Hulu news and announcements all from one convenient location.