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The Hulu Plus app for Android has a new update, and the most noticeable change is that its player UI to closer match the one on its website and in iOS. It also brings features from those platforms like 10 second skip back and a preview thumbnail in the scrub bar. Hulu also claims it’s rebuilt “for optimized awesomeness” with reduced buffering, better playback, and more device compatibility. Finally, in a move that should make plugging in your HDMI-out a little easier, it supports remote control navigation from game controllers and “similar peripherals.” A picture of the new UI is above, check out the old version after the break or just hit the source link to try it out for yourself.
Source: Google Play
Since the sun came up today it must mean that Hulu is up for sale, again. The latest extension to the sale rumors for the video streaming site is one from Reuters citing anonymous sources that indicates Peter Chernin, a former News Corp exec and Hulu board member has submitted a $ 500 million bid. There’s no word on how big a stake he’d be interested in taking, but that’s significantly lower than the reported $ 1.9 – $ 4 billion bids received from Dish and Google when the site was up for sale back in 2011. Of cours,e any sale price may vary on whether or not the acquisition come content included, but either way, we’d expect a few more possibilites to pop up before something (or nothing, like last time) happens. Of course, Peter Chernin was one of the folks pushing for a shorter theater to home release window and more TV on the Xbox, both of which have come to fruition in one form or another — maybe he can make a deal happen.
It is no secret that Disney and News Corp. have been looking into selling video-streaming service Hulu, with sources having dropped information over the past weeks about what is happening behind the scenes. Word had it the two companies were, at one point, looking at buying out the other to take control of the service,
We’ve known since early January that Hulu CEO Jason Kilar will step down sometime in the first quarter, and now that we’re well into March, the streaming service has additional news. Writing on the Hulu blog, Kilar said that when he departs “at the end of this quarter,” senior vice president of content Andy Forssell will assume the role of CEO. In addition to praising Forssell’s efforts in expanding Hulu’s list of content partners, Kilar mentioned that Hulu part-owners Disney and News Corporation are finalizing “forward-looking plans” with the site. The exiting CEO isn’t exactly leaving a company in a shambles; the 2012 financial results were none too shabby, and the paid Hulu Plus service has ballooned to a healthy 3 million users.
Source: Hulu Blog
According to sources, News Corp. and Disney are in talks about one of the companies possibly buying out the other to take control of Hulu, with NBC remaining the minority in the matter. Both Disney and News Corp. own about a third of Hulu each, and both are said to differ on how they feel
Hulu just posted an internal email from CEO Jason Kilar to its blog, indicating that he and CTO Rich Tom will be leaving the company during the first quarter of 2013. The timing is new, but word that Kilar was on his way out was circulating as early as August 2012, when an internal memo included a passage about transitioning to a new CEO.
Hulu has finally done a deal with CBS, bringing shows from the one broadcast holdout into its content library. Beginning in January, CBS content will become available through Hulu Plus. But don’t get too excited: You won’t be able to watch Big Bang Theory through Hulu’s iPad app in January — it’ll just be a selection of older, so-called library content that Hulu is getting.
The private equity firm Providence, one of Hulu‘s early investors, has sold its stake for $ 200 million. The company invested $ 100 million in Hulu in 2007 with a 10% stake, gaining an independent position in the company board. Providence acted on its option to exercise its shares at double the investment amount. The buyout was
It’s been a long time coming, but private equity firm Providence Equity Partners has sold its stake in Hulu for $ 200 million, a person familiar with the matter has confirmed. The buyout of the firm’s shares, which has closed but has not yet been announced, will have a huge impact on Hulu and could significantly shape its future.
Recapp wants to make it more convenient to read sports news curated around your favorite sports and teams. The iPhone and iOS app, which I saw in TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Alley today, cracked the Top 50 in the App Store for sports a few weeks ago.
“Think of RECAPP as a Hulu or an iTunes,” Recapp’s blog reads. “You don’t go to all your favorite bands’ websites when you want to listen to their music. You use iTunes. And when you want to watch TV shows, you don’t go to the NBC website and then the ABC website. You go to Hulu.”
Hulu might be going through some big changes within the next month, Variety reports. According to an uncovered internal memo, Hulu may find itself without a CEO at some point September, and the company may end up with less content to offer its viewers. If all of this is true, it could potentially change the
Apple may be calling the Apple TV a hobby, but there’s no doubt that the minature streaming media box has garnered some attention from various content providers. Netflix has been available on the Apple TV for some time, but Hulu has been noticeably missing. It looks it won’t be missing any more, as multiple users
We haven’t seen any official information yet, but tipsters report and we’ve confirmed on our own that Hulu Plus is quietly rolling out to Apple TV set-top boxes this morning. It was on our hockey pucks when we turned them on, while reports on Twitter indicate losing the connection, then the icon appearing once the box came back online. We’re checking it out now, and like Netflix, it allows users to pay for the service via iTunes if they choose.
Hulu has updated its streaming video player to allow for a cleaner look, a more user-friendly layout of buttons and controls, and even a new feature or two thrown in to prove to users that it is constantly working to provide the best experience possible. This is one of several major upgrades to the Hulu
Hulu released a new, chromeless video player on Saturday, in an effort to improve the viewing experience for users of its web site. The new player is designed to give viewers easier access to their settings, and has also added a 10-second rewind feature to enable viewers to quickly skip back and re-watch their favorite moments of a program.
The new player groups all of a video’s settings — facial recognition, closed captioning, and the like — all in one place, and the player automatically detects and adjusts video quality based on the available bandwidth. And when you pause a video, the player highlights program and episode information, along with how much time is left in the show or movie you’re watching.
The web player for Hulu added some more acreage just a few months ago, and now the company has updated it with a new “chromeless” look that’s stripped down for less complexity than the old one seen here. Similar to the changes Netflix recently made to its web player UI (and looking particularly reminiscent of the iOS video player), Hulu has concentrated all the transport controls into a single bar including options like a 10-second rewind and bringing up the time left in a video when it’s paused. As seen in the screenshot above, quality and buffering options have their own submenu now, while the toggles for closed captions, pop-out and lower lights have been moved into a box below the player. Once the show is over, there’s a new screen before the player either automatically picks another video, lets you replay what you just watched or browse through other recommended selections. You should be able to see it on the site now, give it a quick spin and let us know if the changes are for the better.
Not too long after announcing that it secured the American rights to a popular Israeli drama, Hulu has now partnered up with the BBC to bridge the Atlantic Ocean and bring the UK comedy The Thick of It to American shores as well. The difference with this latest deal, though, is that Hulu will actually
The man in charge of streaming video site Hulu is reportedly the man that Yahoo wants in charge of its products and services. As you may recall, Yahoo is in something of a transition period right now because its previous chief executive lied on his resume and ended up being ousted from the top spot.
If you pay for Hulu’s premium monthly service and are frustrated because you still can’t access any of the content from your smartphone, your days of waiting may be over. That is, if you have a Galaxy S II or HTC One. Those are among the new devices to gain Hulu Plus support in the
The Hulu Plus app for Android has been updated, and after adding tablets in the last update it now officially supports a few more devices, most notably the Galaxy S II family, Galaxy Tab 2 and HTC One S, among others. While sideloading the APK previously worked for some unsupported hardware, now they can be directly installed from the market. Also noted in the changelog for this version are improved support for 7-inch tablets, and high resolution screens. Hey, we wonder if any new 7-inch Android tablets with high resolution screens might be arriving soon?
The Department of Justice may have taken Netflix chief Reed Hastings’ net neutrality complaints about Comcast as a lot more than just sour grapes. It’s reportedly conducting an investigation into whether Comcast, AT&T and other TV providers are anti-competitive in their data restrictions. The Wall Street Journal cites primary concerns that Comcast’s Xfinity TV cap exemption might unfairly punish competing services, but also claims that officials are worried the caps themselves steer viewers away from internet video, helping the incumbents cling to legacy TV for just a little while longer. On top of its cap anxiety, the DOJ may be looking into policies requiring traditional TV subscriptions just to watch online. None of the involved parties have commented on or confirmed the investigations, so there’s no guarantee of any full-fledged lawsuit. Still, while TV operators insist they’re being fair and need to keep data use in check, that might not deter legal action when the DOJ has supposedly questioned Hulu, Netflix and other relative newcomers who feel they’re being squeezed. When Sony postpones its IPTV goals after fretting over US data caps, it’s hard to imagine that there aren’t at least a few raised eyebrows in Washington.
TV fragmentation has become farce. And that’s OK.
I’m reminded of a line I read somewhere that for me has come to sum up what we unfortunately now need to refer to as the TV “space”: “It’s as though fragmentation itself has become fragmented.”
Same Hulu. Same price. Now 55% bigger. The network-sponsored video streaming site has just launched a massive user interface update, bringing with it a brand new video player that increases the amount of the screen each video takes up by a whopping 55%. Other details were also changed with the UI upgrade. Now, when users
Comcast to launch Xfinity Streampix streaming video service, challenge Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon (update)
It was only a matter of time, right? The Wall Street Journal reports that Comcast is rolling out a VOD competitor for Amazon, Netflix and Hulu so it can grab a slice of the streaming video pie. Called Xfinity Streampix, it brings shows from NBC and ABC, along with movies from Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. Scheduled to launch this Thursday, the service will be rolled in for free with some existing cable packages and available on its own for $ 4.99 a month. For your five bucks, you get access to a back catalog of shows and movies on any internet-capable device, though, naturally we don’t know exactly how much content will be available when it goes live. What we do know is that price point puts Streampix well beneath the $ 7.99 asking price of its competition, so here’s hoping a VOD price war ensues.
Update: Check out the official PR after the break for more details, including a list of the content coming to Streampix and Comcast’s plans to bring VOD to the Xbox 360 and Android.
Google TV launched a year and a half ago. The platform has gone nowhere since according to a recent survey. It relaunched late last year, which brought improved performance and a sweet search tool, but it’s still not worth your time. However, it’s finally getting a bit interesting thanks to Sony Internet TV root hack that enables Flash, finally breaking through the big media’s blockade preventing users from accessing Hulu and other streaming sites.
In a teaser to its new Super Bowl spot, Hulu offers up Will Arnett, a man who seems to echo notions of alien-invaded TV similar to those of Alec Baldwin three years ago. But will Baldwin appear? Or has Arnett done away with him?
2011 treated Hulu pretty well it seems, and it’s clearly hoping new original content will make for an even better 2012. For starters, the service will be parading its first original scripted series, political drama Battleground, while fans of Morgan Spurlock’s Hulu-only A day in the life will be pleased to see it return for a second season. More docu-fun comes in the form of unorthodox city-tour series Up to Speed, from Dazed and Confused director Richard Linklater. Battleground hits screens this Valentine’s day, and Morgan returns in March. You’ll have to wait until summer for Up to Speed, but at least you’ll have plenty more Face Match fodder in the meantime. Hit the PR over the jump for the official blurb on the new shows.
Hulu is launching its first-ever original scripted series, with a 13-episode order of Battleground, a political comedy following the campaign trail of a third-place candidate in Wisconsin angling for a seat in the Senate.
The show is kicking off Hulu’s foray into scripted programming, and will be followed by two other original shows: a second season of documentarian Morgan Spurlock’s A Day in the Life series, and Up to Speed, a travel show from Dazed and Confused director Richard Linklater.
“Battleground,” a political comedy about a Senate primary campaign, will debut on the video-streaming service next month.
Amazon has announced that Hulu Plus will be joining Netflix on the Kindle Fire, as the retailer does its best to outplay the B&N NOOK Tablet when it comes to streaming media options. The Hulu Plus app, Amazon tells us, joins the roster of titles announced earlier this week, along with sports tracking software ESPN [...]
Amazon certainly isn’t settling for just promoting its own services and ecosystem on the Kindle Fire.
The addition of Hulu Plus comes just a few months after the game company brought Netflix to the 3DS portable.
Rejoice Nintendo fans, Hulu Plus is coming to your console of choice… provided you’re up on the latest in Nintendo hardware. Both the Wii and 3DS will be getting access to the streaming service’s vast archives of TV shows and movies some time before the year is out. Though, you shouldn’t expect to see the Galactica popping out of your portable — this is a strictly 2D affair. A software update coming at the end of November will also deliver the ability to record 3D video with the Nintendo handheld (up to ten minutes) or even stitch together stereoscopic images for stop motion animation that jumps out of the tiny screen at you. With both Hulu and Netflix in tow, as well as the ability to create your own content, the 3DS is actually turning into quite a powerful little portable. For more details, including some game release dates, check out the PR after the break.
Though Hulu’s owners and directors weren’t satisfied with bids from big players like Yahoo, DirecTV and Amazon and ended up scrapping their plans to sell the company, that doesn’t mean they’re resting on their laurels. The various figures in control of Hulu are considering an initial public offering, putting the three-year-old company in direct competition [...]
For those of you following the sale of Hulu – oh wait, you didn’t know Hulu was for sale? Well it was, not it isn’t. Follow us for a minute or two as we run down the path from original sale to bidders to bidders dropping out to Hulu just saying “fine, forget about it, [...]