‘24’ Gaps Land Hulu in Hot Water With Fans
January 6, 2009 11:12 AM
Normally a fan-friendly site, Hulu ran into some angry “24” viewers over the holiday break who weren’t able to catch up on their favorite show on the online television site before season seven kicks off Sunday, Jan. 11. The show’s been off the air for more than a year due to last year’s Writers Guild of America strike.
On the “24” page on Hulu, the site says it adds three episodes of season one of Fox’s “24” each Wednesday, with five episodes available at a time. In addition, the site has been offering “five rolling episodes” of season six to build excitement for the new season launch this weekend.
But fans on the site’s forums reported that new episodes hadn’t been added for a few weeks.
In addition, a number of episodes in the middle of the season-one timeline were not posted, leaving gaps in the show’s hourly order, to the dismay of viewers.
Fans also noted problems with the season-six episodes on the site. Hulu acknowledged the season-six problems on the forums, citing an incorrect expiration date. “Looks like someone mixed up 2008 and with 2009,” a Hulu employee wrote in the forums. “Since this happened over the holidays, we missed it. We're processing the videos right now and will post ASAP. They will still adhere to the usual schedule,” the employee wrote.
Hulu has said it continually aims to obtain as many episodes from each show it carries as possible.
“24” is produced by 20th Century Fox TV, which shares with Hulu its parent company, News Corp.