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November 6, 2007 10:53 AM

More local Hulu connections

Posted by Brier Dudley

A few more tidbits about Hulu, the NBC-News Corp. video venture I wrote about on Monday:

In addition to using Adobe for its Flash player, Hulu's using a content publishing and delivery system from Seattle's thePlatform, a Comcast subsidiary that also works with NBC.

Hulu's not using Isilon technology. Chief Executive Jason Kilar said it's working with Akamai to store its content.

Internally, CTO Eric Feng -- an ex-Microsoft researcher -- opted for Windows Server 2003 and SQL for the back-end servers handling work such as reporting but there's no Microsoft technology on the Hulu site itself.

Most amazing of all is that Kilar was coherent when I interviewed him last week, a few days after Hulu's beta launch. Not just because of the launch, but because his third child had just arrived a week earlier.

Kilar's family has relocated to Los Angeles but they kept their Seattle house, on Queen Anne, in part so they have a base when coming up to ski and visit friends.

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