The fact that Hulu is still shopping for a buyer hasn't stopped the streaming service from expanding its would-be empire, which now has an international presence. Hulu officially launched in Japan this week, marking the first time it's set virtual foot outside the United States. It's the first step toward becoming a global brand, and could make the service more valuable (and attractive) to potential suitors.
Viewers in Japan now have access to hundreds of premium films and thousands of popular TV shows through Hulu. Some of the movie titles offered now and in the coming weeks include Pirates of the Caribbean, Armageddon, Men in Black, Troy, and As Good As It Gets, and among the TV shows are 24, Bones, Criminal Minds, Desperate Housewives, Fringe, Grey's Anatomy, Gossibp Girl, Heroes, Lost, NCIS, Private Practice, Prison Break, and Ugly Betty, among others.
Hulu says it plans to "rapidly and continually add content to the service," including "Japanese-produced content and content from across the Asian region in the near term." The paid service is available for ¥1,480, a little more than US$19.
While this international expansion is taking place, Hulu's owners continue to look for a buyer in what could potentially be a multi-billion dollar deal.
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