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Cable companies are faced with a decision as more and more TV viewers cut the cord in favor of streaming -- evolve or become extinct. Only one of those options is enticing, and so Cablevision has gone and inked a deal with Hulu to apparently resell its Hulu Plus subscription service to its Optimum customers. As such, Cablevision becomes the first cable or satellite or TV provider to distribute Hulu. We say "apparently" because the press release Cablevision put out is short on details. The alternative to reselling Hulu Plus would be to offer it as a free service to Optimum subscribers, either as... Read more...
In what likely turned out to be an intense bidding war, Hulu has secured the rights to stream all 180 episodes of Seinfeld, the highly successful NBC comedy that spanned nine seasons from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. It's said that Hulu agreed to fork over just shy of $1 million per episode, or around $180 million for the entire series.It was reported last month that several parties were interested in the sitcom's streaming rights, including Amazon and Yahoo. Netflix would have been interested had it not already paid a king's ransom for Friends, another popular sitcom of days gone by, and a comparative... Read more...
If a picture is worth a thousand words, than an animated GIF has to be worth what, about a ten thousand Internet burn points? The actual value depends on the GIF in question and proper placement, be it in an forum argument or an email chain in which a co-worker says something stupid, but whatever, let's not get caught up in the math. All you need to know is that Hulu is now a source of high-quality GIFs. It's called "The Perfect GIF" and, appropriately enough, it's hosted at Tumblr. However, it's a highly customized experience that allows you to search and discover GIFs from various TV... Read more...
Get ready to relive hysterical moments from the popular 1990s NBC sitcom Seinfeld. According to multiple reports, Sony Pictures Television is in advanced talks to sell the rights to stream reruns of the popular show to a streaming video service, though it's not yet clear which one will win the bidding war. So far it appears to be a three-way race between Amazon, Hulu, and Yahoo.What about Netflix? Citing a "person familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal says Netflix took a hard look at the show last year and decided not to pursue streaming rights, likely because of the asking price.... Read more...
Up until last week, Marriott had the not-so-bright idea of blocking Wi-Fi devices in order to force travelers and conference attendees to pay for its high-speed Internet services, which in some cases could run as much as $1,000. Wiser heads prevailed -- a $600,000 fine by the FCC tends to do that -- and rather than focus on Wi-Fi hotspots, the hotel chain is now reportedly piloting a service that allows guests to access Netflix and other streaming media services through their televisions. According to Bloomberg, the Marriott is testing the service at eight of its locations. By offering guests access... Read more...
With over a billion visitors each month, it'd be quite an understatement to say that YouTube has a good hold on the online video market. But that doesn't mean that the incredible growth the service has experienced since its launch couldn't halt -- or worse, begin to reverse. This is a reality Google takes very seriously. This has especially been true in recent months, as certain competitors have begun to become a real threat. One example is Vessel, a service that hasn't even launched yet. Founded by former Hulu exec Jason Kilar, Vessel recently closed a round of funding... Read more...
When it comes to downstream internet traffic, the streaming-video service continues to dominate by a large amount. Netflix alone, at the top of the list, accounts for 34.89 percent in North America according to the latest report from broadband networking company Sandvine. In second place is YouTube with 14.04 percent. Netflix has maintained that usage amount for the past six months, with a slight increase from 34.21 percent, with YouTube gaining almost one percent during the same time period. Meanwhile, Amazon’s Instant Video has been growing slowly and accounts for 2.58 percent. It isn’t a lot,... Read more...
The number of connected devices offering access to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu continues to grow. Heck, don't be surprised if the capability is baked into the next smart toothbrush you buy. What most of these devices have in common is they typically don't sit behind a paywall, though that isn't true of Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles, both of which require an Xbox Live Gold subscription to access streaming media apps. Well, that's reportedly about to change. Citing "multiple sources within Microsoft [who] have been briefed" on the matter, ArsTechnica says an upcoming change... Read more...
Hulu has already admitted to an evil plot to destroy the world when it ran commercials with Alec Baldwin (as an alien) saying that once our brains are reduced to a cottage cheese like mush, they'll scoop them out with a melon baler and gobble them right on up. Sound pretty insidious, and while Hulu was obviously joking (right? Right!?), Sony is accusing the company of something that it doesn't find funny at all. Revealed in a recent DMCA takedown notice, Sony Pictures Television claims Hulu is hosting a pirated TV show, Fox's "Almost Human," TorrentFreak reports. It was sent by the Spanish division... Read more...
It was starting to feel like the saga that wouldn't end, and honestly, like Hulu was puffing itself up way, way too much. Now, after much discussion, it appears that Hulu's owners will retain that ownership, and a sale won't be on the table. While the likes of Yahoo! were rumored to have placed bids on the video delivery service, a press release this week confirmed that 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company will be maintaining their stakes in Hulu. Sorry, bidders! Together, the three owners will place a cash infusion of $750 million into Hulu in order to propel future growth.... Read more...
Speaking of competition on the streaming entertainment front, Apple is close to securing a deal with Time Warner Cable that would bring the latter’s channels to the Apple TV, reports Bloomberg. This jibes with rumors from nearly a year ago that Apple was capitulating to pay-TV providers by looking at deals to offer their content through Apple TV rather than trying to build a robust portfolio of content from other sources to compete against them. Apple TV The report also stated that Apple was snagging Pete Distad, formerly of Hulu, ostensibly to help negotiate more content provider deals such... Read more...
Here's a question: what company is going to be the one to reinvent television? Everyone in the world knows it needs to happen, and we're all just seemingly waiting indefinitely for it to happen. Will it be Apple? A start-up we've never heard of? Microsoft? Intel? Earlier this year, Intel confirmed that it would soon be shipping some type of set-top box to introduce its own spin on pay-TV and the entire living room experience, but we've heard little since. Shocking, right? The content creators and pay-TV operators are being remarkably rigid. The unbelievable amount of fear of having the industry... Read more...
A thing is worth whatever others are willing to pay for it, and amid speculation as to how much TV and movie streaming service Hulu is worth has ranged from half a billion dollars or so to as much as $2 billion. According to a Reuters report, sources say that at least three bidders have offered a cool billion each, including Yahoo! and DirecTV. The identity of the third billion-dollar bidder is unknown. News Corp and Disney currently own Hulu, but Yahoo! has submitted a formal bid, and DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, Silver Lake (a part owner of Hollywood agency William Morris, with whom its making... Read more...
Remember what it was like to be the cool kid in class? Or, perhaps you remember wishing you were the cool kid in class? Either way, it seems that Hulu knows exactly what it's like to be in high demand. The video streaming service has been the token streaming service up for acquisition over the past year or so, and while a lot of rumors have surfaced, the company has yet to be swooped up. But, of course, that may be changing soon. Yahoo has been on an unprecedented spending spree, forking out $30 million for Summly, $1.1 billion for Tumblr, and countless other smaller purchases in 2013. So, when... Read more...
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