Wetpaint CEO Ben Elowitz on the Future of Digital Media
I’m not the Amazing Kreskin, and I hardly consider myself a visionary prophet. I’m just Ben. But I happen to live and breathe the digital publishing business because it’s my professional passion.
So, I was quietly surprised to read this week that Hulu’s subscription video service will surpass one million subscribers in 2011.
I was taken aback by Jason’s announcement – not because I doubted Hulu, but because I somehow managed to predict the Hulu Plus subscriber number exactly a year ago.
Indeed, a year ago, in April 2010, I said: “I expect that the service will reach or exceed a million subscribers by the end of 2011.” (See my April 23, 2010 prediction here.)
In life, like baseball, sometimes you win; sometimes you lose; and sometimes you’re rained out.
But the W’s always feel best.
Good job, Jason!
And for the record: I continue to be bullish on Hulu. As long as it can keep its content license agreements humming, it will have a killer collection of content, plus killer experience, to offer consumers; it also has killer context to offer advertisers. And that’s a formula for great success.