/// Hulu’s Year-End Report: We’re Pretty Darn Big! (And We’re Not Saying Anything Else)
Hulu has put out its 2012 numbers , and boy are they good for a company that everyone said would never work: Almost $700 million in revenue, and “more than” 3 million paying customers for its Hulu Plus subscription service. And as far as everything else: Nada. In the past, Jason Kilar has used these state of the company reports to make big declarations about The Future Of TV, or at least the near-term future of Hulu, the joint venture between News Corp., Disney and Comcast (News Corp. also owns this Web site). Today, there’s none of that. Just the numbers, sir. And maybe, if you’re into tea leaf-reading, an oblique reference from Kilar: “So much has changed”, since the company’s conception in 2007, he notes. Which might be, among other things, a reference big changes behind the scenes with Hulu’s corporate owners , who haven’t had a consistent approach to the site in five years. And/or its employees, who have had a “liquidity event” worth roughly $200 million this fall. Or maybe it was just some he words he typed up and put on a blog. (I know the feeling!) Back to the numbers: Hulu will do $695 million in revenue this year. That’s up 65 percent from the $420 million it did in last year, when revenue was up 60 percent. And that 3 million-plus number for Hulu Plus is 2x last year’s tally (Hulu competitor Netflix has around 27 million paid subscribers worldwide).