Hulu LLC , the Web video hub that just passed 2 million paid subscribers, hopes to attract a few more in the coming years as it tees up four more original series. Two (We Got Next and The Awesomes are set to debut later this year, and the others ( Don't Quit Your Daydream and Flow) will arrive sometime in 2013, Bloomberg reports.
BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield tried out a new service from WalMart that lets consumers bring in their DVDs and Blu-ray discs and convert them into digital, Ultraviolet-based versions for a fee ($2 per title, or $5 per to upgrade to HD) that can be accessed via the big box company's VUDU Inc. service. Greenfield documented his experience in this video/slideshow below, and found that the experience was solid, and "light-years" ahead of Flixster's Ultraviolet implementation. One quibble: He thinks Wal-Mart should cut the $2 fee to zero because the program gets consumers in stores and signed up for the VUDU service, which could encourage digital ownership. Also, Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) currently doesn't support Ultraviolet.