FOX and NBC Blocks Simpsons & Family Guy Clips On YouTube, But Adds It Back Themselves While Promoting Hulu

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Hulu was started in March 2007 by NBC Universal and News Corporation.  News Corporation is the parent company of FOX and 20th Century FOX.  Hulu raised $100 million from private equity firm, Providence Equity Partners in October 2007.  The foundation for Hulu’s creation is based on the premise that YouTube was hosting video content owned by FOX and NBC.  NBC and FOX wasn’t paid any royalties so both companies ensured that their clips were not being distributed by the Google-owned top video sharing site.

Clips of The Simpsons and Family Guy was being removed by the hundreds on YouTube due to violations reported by NBC and FOX.  But now the clips are reappearing, only this time with self-promotional material built into the video content as shown in the screen shot below:
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Hulu owns the rights to all the Family Guy and Simpsons clips, but the question is whether this is an acceptable principle.  Hulu did not gain as much traction as YouTube did so they started adding the clips back to the same site they wanted it banned from.  And at the same time, Hulu is encouraging users to visit YouTube’s biggest competitor on video clips within YouTube that they uploaded.

It’s poll time.  What’s your thoughts?


This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

FOX and NBC Blocks Simpsons & Family Guy Clips On YouTube, But Adds It Back Themselves While Promoting Hulu Comments

  1. Izzy Ahamd says:

    This a double standard. People put up advertisements in their videos on youtube. So if NBC/FOX want to make money off of their programming, then they should just should just put advertisements on the videos on youtube. Besides, it's not like full length episodes are being uploaded every where, the most common thing people find are clips. As far as I'm concerned, people should be allowed a "taste" of their programming material which could persuade them watch their programming if they don't watch it often or go out and buy a season or two on DVD. I have heard of the HBO drama, The Wire and I was really interested in wanting to watch it. But Unfortunately I didn't have cable, so I went on youtube and in the search i typed in "The Wire" and i watched some of the clips including the introduction credits and I got a "taste" of what kind of show it was and what I should expect out of it. That was in 2008. Now It is 2012 and I have at least four seasons on DVD, finishing the fourth season last week and I intend to buy the fifth season that is if I do not receive it as a gift from a good friend or relative like the fourth one, knowing of my love for such an incredible show I might not have given a second thought if it weren't for various YouTube users.

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