Hulu appoints former PlayStation, Xbox exec as CTO

Michelle Clancy | 19-02-2014

Hulu has announced that Tian Lim, a long-time gaming console veteran, will be joining the Hulu ranks as CTO.

Lim was most recently senior vice president of product engineering at Sony Network Entertainment International. There, he oversaw all North American engineering and service operations. His team was responsible for leading client and service engineering for the PlayStation Store on the Web, PS3 and PS4, and many of the network features of the PS4.

"We've enjoyed working with Tian's team in this capacity, as PlayStation is a key living room device platform and distribution partner for Hulu Plus," said Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins. "Tian also spent eight years at Microsoft Xbox, where in his last position he led all development for the Xbox LIVE service, Xbox 360 operating system and Kinect."

The company serves more than five million Hulu Plus subscribers, with roughly 50% of those subscribers streaming exclusively on devices, with living room viewing accounting for over half of all content consumption on the service. That's in addition to its 30 million monthly users on the free Hulu service.

"Tian's depth of experience working on the leading technology platforms and devices in the marketplace, will be invaluable as we scale and, simultaneously, continue to provide the best user experience possible across every platform – living room, mobile and Web," Hopkins said.

Lim will take up his post on 3 March, replacing interim technology lead Brad Suter, who will stay on with the company and report directly into Lim.

"Under Tian's leadership, with a world-class software development, operations and programme management team behind him from our offices in Santa Monica to Seattle to Beijing, I know the future of our technology organisation is extremely bright," added Hopkins.