The Web abides: New service to offer hundreds of TV shows, movies |

The Web abides: New service to offer hundreds of TV shows, movies

The Dude (Jeff Bridges), Donny (Steve Buscemi), and Walter (John Goodman) in the cult classic "The Big Lebowski." The movie will be offered through the online service

LOS ANGELES (AP) ”, a joint venture between News Corp. and NBC Universal, plans to open its vast online library of ad-supported TV shows and movies to the public on Wednesday, the company announced.

Users of the service will be able to view more than 250 full-length episodes of shows such as “The Simpsons” and “The Office,” as well as some 100 movies, including “The Big Lebowski” and “Ice Age.”

Short clips from films and TV shows such as “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Saturday Night Live” are also available through the service, which is accessible at, as well as on America Online, Yahoo and other popular Web portals.

The public debut of Hulu, which has been available to a test group by invitation since October, comes as studios seek ways to make money providing online content.

The entertainment companies behind the service have been feuding with popular online video sites such as YouTube, where unauthorized clips from shows often appear.

The programming comes from 50 TV networks, movie studios and Web-based producers of content.

Viewers of some movies and TV shows are given a choice of advertisements to watch.

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