Much of free Hulu content going to Yahoo View
With the announcement today that Hulu would be dropping its free option and heading to a totally subscriber-driven model, many people were scrambling to find a place to continue to view their favorite anime without having to pay.
Yahoo, as it turns out, seems to be that White Knight. The company, recently sold to Verizon, has begun a service called Yahoo View, which, with an agreement with Hulu, will continue to show much of the content the free version of Hulu formerly featured, include anime.
Hulu was started in 2006 and originally offered TV content for free on a delayed basis. Later, they began offering subscriptions and plan to offer live content next year. Hulu is a joint venture of Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox, Comcast, Time Warner, Fox Broadcasting Company, NBCUniversal Television Group and Turner.
On Yahoo View, people can also go beyond the episode in a community-watching experience and browse photos and GIFs from the passionate Tumblr fandom. The new site features a “beyond the episode” section that can visually block the enhanced content that might reveal spoilers about the current video playing, and picture-in-picture so viewers can continue to watch while browsing to other content without leaving the screen.
The new service is available here.