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Tuesday
Oct262010

TV networks, get online or get out of the way

I've been writing tech stories for Digital Trends lately and recently wrote about the TV industry and Hulu. Check it out!

Since its inception in 2007, Hulu has become one of the most popular places to watch TV on the Internet. But now its owners, including ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox, are Hulu’s worst enemy. Addicted to an aging business model, Hulu’s parents are using and abusing it — and other streaming sites — for their own short-term gains.

The big broadcast networks have:

  • Constantly changed the posting schedules of new shows on Hulu
  • Randomly pulled content from the site without warning
  • Disabled Hulu for Cablevision subscribers (Fox)
  • Blocked Boxee users from browsing Hulu.com
  • Blocked access to Hulu.com via Google TV
  • Refused to work with Apple TV
  • And more…

With cable companies beginning to bleed customers (800,000 in the last two years) and ad sales down, the big broadcast networks are now pushing free online distribution out of the way for something they’re more comfortable with: subscription fees. They’d like cable companies to start paying big bucks to retransmit their broadcast channels, which are free over-the-air for anyone with a digital antenna. In return, cable companies are demanding exclusive rights to network content. It’s a lose-lose for consumers and the future.

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Wednesday
Sep012010

TV wars! A complete guide to Amazon, Sony, Netflix, Apple, Google, HBO, Samsung, and Hulu's plans to change TV forever

The war to control your TV is heating up. Reports are coming in that Amazon is developing a subscription service to compete with Netflix and Sony is working on a full apps platform to compete on a broader scale with Samsung Apps and upcoming platforms like Google TV and Apple's rumored "iTV." In this extended post, I'll attempt to break down what we know so far. 

Two Battles

Really, there are two battles happening here. On one side, we have the Battle of the Platforms. Companies like Google, Apple, Samsung, and Sony want to operate the software platform that runs your TV, and other devices. The days of Cable companies like Comcast dominating your TV are numbered. Soon, your TV will get smart and run applications just like an iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone. 

On the other side, we have the Battle of the Streaming Services. Netflix practically invented this category, but Amazon, Hulu, HBO, and who knows who else are all ready to take the movie rental company down. 

We know the players, but which platforms and services will reign supreme? I break down the competition below.

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