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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
  • Blocked access to 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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Old Spice guy lands a movie role with Bateman and Aniston

Usually, I might groan at news like this, but Isaiah Mustafa (Old Spice guy) seems talented. The actor and former NFL player revealed to THR that he has a role in Horrible Bosses, starring Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston. Sadly, he also has a role in Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Oh, and he has a guest role on TV series Chuck as a first role in his new contract with NBC. It seems getting 120 million people to visit Old Spice's YouTube channel and raising Old Spice sales by 107% will get you noticed. 

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