Hulu's former leader makes his YouTube rival available to everyone

March 24, 2015 7:06 AM

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Hulu's former leader makes his YouTube rival available to everyone

Want to know how the former CEO of Hulu would build a rival to YouTube? You now have an easy way to find out: after a couple of months of invitation-only testing, Vessel is available to everyone. As promised, Jason Kilar's newly launched brainchild is a mix of ordinary, ad-supported free video with a premium tier. Pay $3 per month (you get a free year if you sign up in the first three days) and you'll both ditch ads as well as get early access to videos from a mix of internet stars and conventional media outlets, including A&E, Rhett & Link, Unbox Therapy and Warner Music Group. At least some content isn't affected by that time delay, though, so you'll still have some comedy, music videos and news to watch if you're not especially patient.

You'll have to use Vessel's iOS app or the web to start watching right now. We've asked about apps for Android and other platforms, and we'll let you know if they're coming soon. However the device support shakes out, Vessel has an uphill battle ahead. While the service has exclusive deals, the size...

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