NBC on Monday confirmed that it had indeed closed down its "channel" onYouTube over the weekend, insisting that the channel was merely"promotional." The network said that it had done so in preparation for theimpending launch of Hulu, a video website in which it is partnering withNews Corp's Fox TV. Although NBC declined to confirm a precise launch datefor Hulu it said that it still expects to unveil a beta version by the endof the month, as previously announced. Meanwhile, YouTube on Mondaydescribed its relationship with NBC as a "success story" and expressed hopethat NBC will decide to "stay engaged with our users."