Online video has become a Wild West shootout with new media company gunslingers battling to sign programmers to long-term deals. The latest winner in the battle--although the war has just begun--is Amazon, which signed an exclusive multiyear online deal with HBO.
Hulu has signed a multi-year rights deal with Comcast's NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution subsidiary which will give it exclusive rights to previous seasons of several NBCU original series, including E! hit "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" and Bravo's "The Real Housewives."
Hulu is turning to a broadcast programming veteran to head up its content efforts: CEO Mike Hopkins announced Monday on the company's blog that it hired Craig Erwich as senior vice president and head of content. Erwich will lead content and programming strategy for Hulu and Hulu Plus.
Amazon has ordered full seasons of six new original TV series for its Prime Instant streaming video service, including five programs that will be produced in 4K Ultra HD format.
For the first time since 2011, the number of Netflix viewers passed the number of viewers on Google-owned YouTube, a survey of 1,000 U.S. Internet users by RBC Capital Markets revealed. Hulu Plus trailed well behind the top two services.
The QPlay is a Wi-Fi-connected box that streams playlists from a variety of online video sources, which can then be shared with friends or the public.
A veteran NBC sales executive will lead Hulu's ad efforts.
Hulu executives recently promised to put more money into developing and acquiring TV shows for the site and in the last week, they've been delivering.
Viewers are hopping over to online video and cutting the cord in increasing numbers. Will broadcasters and cable operators be able to lure them back?
On the eve of Charter's offer to acquire Time Warner Cable, top executives at technology vendors TiVo and ActiveVideo told FierceCable that a Charter-TWC marriage could drive growth for their companies as the major MSOs look to introduce new products, including cloud-based program guides capable of delivering Netflix content on TV.