Video Commercial

The Video Commercial includes placement of your advertiser’s video creative into any one of Hulu’s standard long-form content commercial breaks.

Hulu manages the encoding, hosting, and streaming of the video ads/associated creative assets.

Available On
Timeline

5 business days traffic and testing lead-time from the receipt of the final asset

Specs

Deliverables to Hulu
  • Video Commercial – ProRes .MOV
  • 3rd Party Tracking Tags (if applicable).
  • Video: 1 × 1 trackers and click commands
  • Max standard video commercial length is :60s
Size

SD

  • 720 x 480
  • 4:3 or 16:9 pixel aspect ratio
  • No black bars
  • 3:2 display aspect ratio is not accepted
  • No letterboxing or pillarboxing
  • Bitrate: Greater than 2mbps.
  • Main Profile @ Main Level (MP@ML)
  • 4:2:2 Color Space

HD

  • 1280 x 720 or 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
  • 1440 x 1080 (4:3)
  • No black bars
  • Constant Bitrate (CBR) 15-30 Mbps
  • Main Profile @ Main Level (MP@ML)
  • 4:2:2 Color Space
File Formats
  • Quicktime movie (.mov)
  • MPEG-4 (.mp4) format only
Audio
  • 2 channels only
  • PCM (preferred) or AAC codec
  • 192 kbps minimum
  • 16 or 24 bit only
  • 48 kHz sample rate
  • Audio is required
Frame Rate
  • 23.98, 25, or 29.97 based on native frame rate
  • Remove any pull-down added for broadcast
  • Constant frame rate only
  • Please make content progressive using adaptive de-interlace with no frame blending.
Codec
  • Apple ProRes 422 HQ codec preferred
  • H.264 codec
  • Interlaced video is not accepted
Max File Size

10 GB

Animation

No

Video

Yes

Length

Max standard video commercial length is :60s

Hosting

Hosted by Hulu

Leaders Slates
  • Video must be submitted without leaders (i.e slates, countdowns).
Third Party Tags

Hulu accepts standard tags and supports VAST from Hulu-approved vendors. For additional VAST information, please click here to visit our FAQ document.

Hulu supports VPAID in VAST tags for VPAID-approved vendors. Note that a vendor may be Hulu-approved for VAST, but not Hulu-approved for VPAID in VAST.

For questions regarding VPAID specs, contact your Hulu sales rep or campaign manager as well as your preferred VPAID vendor.

At this time we don’t accept iframe, ilayer, javascript, or internal redirect tags.

General Notes
  • Please note we cannot accept two :15 second spots from the same or different brand(s) to form a :30 second commercial. Each brand’s advertisement should stand alone and represent one commercial.
  • Unit can be targeted at a national or local level.
  • Video commercials are not directly clickable on most devices. As such, direct calls-to-action such as buttons or “click here” messaging are not allowed.
Metrics Available
  • :30s video spots on Hulu drive a 61% increase at building top-of-mind awareness vs. linear TV and a 22% increase at building purchase intent vs. linear TV.
  • Metrics provided to advertisers: Impressions, Clicks, Completion Rate, Time Spent Viewing and CTR.