Hulu May Be Ready for the iPad By Launch Date

We were sad to see that Hulu wouldn’t be working on the iPad with Safari’s lack of Flash, especially since it’s the second-largest video streaming site on the web. Luckily that may change. Word from an “industry insider” says that Hulu may be planning to have an iPad-friendly version of their site by the time the iPad reaches consumers’ hands in March of this year.

Hulu CEO Jason Kilar has been directly asked about plans for the iPad. He didn’t actually mention any plans, but he did talk about how they think mobile platforms are important, so odds for iPad support are good.

There’s also the fact that all of their videos are already encoded in the Mobile Safari-friendly H.264. All they need to do is create a non-Flash player to play the videos and it will work just fine. The most likely result is that the videos will open in the built-in Quicktime player on the iPad, as it is with YouTube videos. The only problem there is that many people probably aren’t going to want to switch between apps to watch videos outside the browser. That leaves a custom iPad/iPhone app or HTML5/javascript interface. There’s also the issue of how all of their ads run on Flash as well.

It will take some work, but it’s possible, and based on the rumors, likely to happen.

[via TechCrunch]


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