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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
Aug112010

Studios, Cable providers may put movies OnDemand 30 days after they hit theaters

The theatrical distribution window is shrinking yet again. While most films are already out on DVD within 3-4 months of their theatrical release, Hollywood studios are planning a new home distribution system that will cut that time in half. Cable and Satellite operators like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and DirecTV could get 30-60 day old movies for release OnDemand, for a premium price, of course. The caveat: they're really expensive.

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