First day at CES: A Hulu scoop?

Molly gets a possible scoop on the Hulu launch while in line at Starbucks

If Hulu.com officially launches from its private-beta state this week, you can say you heard about it from me first. It's only the first day of CES, and I already remember what I love about it: the dish.

Here's what happened. I was in line at Starbucks this morning, bright and early, and this nice man started chatting me up. Turned out he was from NBC Universal, but the actual television side and not the technology side (so while he'd heard of CNET, he probably didn't know I was mentally blogging our whole convo). So, we're talking about the future of television and how grim things are for traditional TV, and he tells me that the folks at NBC got an "internal e-mail" a few days ago about how, probably this week, they'll be releasing "this thing called Hulu." Me: "Oh, really? Interesting!"

So, my apologies to you, anonymous Starbucks line guy, and I hope I don't get you in trouble with any of the folks at NBC, but you made my CES day.

UPDATE: An NBCU representative called to let me know there will be NO Hulu announcements at CES. Bummer. That's the last time I listen to guys in the Starbucks line.

About the author

Molly Wood was an executive editor at CNET, author of the Molly Rants blog, and host of the tech show, Always On. When she's not enraging fanboys of all stripes, she can be found offering tech opinions on CBS and elsewhere, and offering opinions on everything else to anyone who will listen.

 

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