Television took another giant step into broadband Thursday when ABC joined NBC and Fox as a co- owner of the online video service Hulu. That means many ABC shows -- not just primetime hits like Lost and Desperate Housewives, but soaps (General Hospital), talkers (The View, Jimmy Kimmel Live) and oldies from the network library (Commander In Chief, Hope & Faith) will now be available from Hulu. Some programming from the ABC Family and Disney channels, and even some old Disney movies, will also show up there.
Even before ABC joined the party, viewers watched 380 million videos at Hulu in March. With CBS already offering shows online at its own site, the need to own an actual television -- or, if you're a network, a television station -- is dwindling away.