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Cable Subs Can Go OTT, OTA or Just Say OMG

by Allen Weiner  |  October 17, 2010  |  Comments Off

The news story has received national attention: Some 3 million Cablevision subscribers in New York and New Jersey are being deprived of Fox Network programming because Cablevision, the local cable MSO, and Fox cannot agree to terms on retransmission fees. Fox is looking for $150 million for the coming year for the 12 stations in […]

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Denis Leary for Hulu

by Allen Weiner  |  May 1, 2009  |  Comments Off

Hulu’s latest ad features Denis Leary, therefore it is great. I am not a “30 Rock” or “Family Guy” fan, so the previous TV spots left me relatively cold. Leary has this knack of talking so quickly, it takes you three seconds to figure out what he just said–a tape delay, so to speak. The […]

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Take That YouTube: Disney Goes With Hulu

by Allen Weiner  |  April 30, 2009  |  Comments Off

The long-anticipated deal in which Hulu adds ABC’s prime time shows to its lineup, as well as its daytime soaps and programming from ABC Family, Disney Channel and SOAPnet is official. Besides licensing content, Disney is taking an equity stake in Hulu, with Disney getting three seats on the Hulu board that will be filled […]

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Hulu: Evil Plot or Misguided Marketing?

by Allen Weiner  |  February 2, 2009  |  11 Comments

I have watched Hulu’s coming- out party ad (see here) several times, both live during the heartbreaking SB 43 (yes, I live in Arizona) and then online where it will live forever to be cheered, jeered and even possibly revered. As someone who has followed Hulu since before this forward-thinking online venture between NBC and […]


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YouTube 2.0

by Allen Weiner  |  December 5, 2008  |  2 Comments

It comes as no surprise that YouTube has made some changes to its business, some that have been well publicized–such as its attempt to shed its “mature” content and give video creators the ability to easily add licensed music to their clips–and others a tad more subtle. In late November, YouTube’s player suddenly changed its […]


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And They Would Call The Network, Hulu

by Allen Weiner  |  November 14, 2008  |  Comments Off

Here’s some food for thought: as NBC and Fox plan to share resources, would it make sense for News Corp to spin off Fox Broadcasting and for GE to spin off NBCU and create a new combined network? Imagine the efficiencies. Heck, I’d call the new network Hulu (the name of their online joint venture) […]

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Politics and the Media

by Allen Weiner  |  November 5, 2008  |  Comments Off

With the 2008 election behind us, it’s interesting to take a look back at how candidates have used TV to deliver their message. Hulu offers a selection of political advertisements (some older than me) that show you how little has changed despite advances in technology and increased candidate spending.

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Joost is Up, Highlighting the Video Player Wars

by Allen Weiner  |  October 15, 2008  |  1 Comment

As an update to an earlier post, pioneering online TV service Joost is now fully operational converting from a clunky desktop installed TV 2.0 entity to a more consumer-friendly Flash-based site similar to Hulu. The similarity ends in that Joost has a wide variety of current and retro TV fare (where else can you find […]

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