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Netflix dominates iPad and consoles, Hulu dominates PCs

Posted in Netflix by Reuben Drake on July 27th, 2011

Netflix and Hulu dominate entirely separate sectors of digital streaming, according to a Nielsen study. Both are now available on many platforms, but Netflix is the dominant one on non-PCs, including iPads, game consoles, and media hubs, ranging from a three-to-one ratio on Apple’s tablet to seven or eight times higher.

Hulu isn’t a lame duck though. They win on computers, often by a wide margin, with 89 percent of its viewers watching on a computer versus just 42 percent of Netflix owners wanting to do the same. Networked media hubs like Roku boxes and smartphones were a close race, though they have a smaller viewing audience as a whole.

Fanhattan iPad app unites Hulu, iTunes, Netflix

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2011

This app should make your life a bit easier. Fanhatten has launched a new iPad app (free in the App Store) that provides a consolidated view of movie and TV content from across multiple media sources. You can browse or search for content by title, genre, or actor no matter where it’s located. Current supported media sources include Netflix, Hulu Plus, iTunes and ABC Player.

The app takes users to the appropriate site or service instead of loading it within the app. You can search for your content and then it will display it through the media source where it is available. A lot of users are going to love this app.

Hulu Android app coming soon, but only for some devices

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on March 13th, 2011

Hulu’s Hulu Plus plans for Android are getting closer with a new teaser in its device list. The teaser shows the Plus service “coming soon,” but not for all devices. Only certain ones. Use of the TV streaming will require “select Android OS 2.2 phones,” according to the company.

Pretty odd since the photo shows the Nexus S, which runs Android 2.3, but maybe they are preparing to change the image. As for why the access is limited, it is likely due to Android fragmentation. Netflix knows first hand that the platform has wildly varying DRM support in most versions and it would have to write too much code to support most or all Android devices. So support is coming, but there is a price. It will shut out a large portion of the Android community. Hulu, who is very keen to guard against stream ripping also faces this barrier. One day though, we hope to have Hulu Plus on all of our Android devices. The question is when?

Roku update brings 1080p support for the XR

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Conner Flynn on December 13th, 2010

Roku XR owners are celebrating Christmas a bit early as the company has released the 2.9-b1509 firmware update which ups the video support from 720p to 1080p. Nice! So what other improvements does this update include?

Well, there’s Hulu application optimization for quicker navigation and playback along with some other cool stuff. If you haven’t received the update yet, you can always leave your box running and it should update itself at some point. Or if you prefer, you can get the update manually. Just go to Settings->Player Info->Check for Updates. That should do it.

Hulu working on a show of its own

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2010

Looks like Hulu wants a larger slice of the TV pie. The company has apparently put out a casting call in search of hosts for a new clip show that it’s working on. If these reports are correct, the new show will run about five minutes per episode and will appear on the site, recapping the day’s events in Internet and TV culture.

In the long term, maybe Hulu is setting things up to compete directly against networks and cable providers. Who knows what other content will spring from this.

Orb TV Streams Netflix and Hulu for $99

Posted in Media Streamers by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

Apple TV and Google have their own TV solutions but if you are looking for a value TV product that deliver Netflix and Hulu, (in non high definition format), then check out the new Orb TV. The Orb TV boasts a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and has 200mb of storage space with 1GB of RAM.

The Orb TV supports H.264 BP/MP/HP, VC-1 SP/MP/AP, MPEG4 SP/ASP, MPEG2 MP, MPEG1 video formats and Audio : MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4), AAC, Lossless, WMA, WAV.

Google working to bring Hulu to Google TV

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2010

There have been reports focusing on Google TV’s lack of partnerships with major networks, but now Logitech representatives have confirmed that Google is trying to bring the Hulu streaming video service to their new set-top box.

Details are scarce at the moment, but Google is said to be involved in ongoing negotiations with Hulu executives. If the two strike a deal, which is likely, the service will probably be limited to Hulu Plus subscribers. Hulu has already partnered with several hardware companies to bring its streaming service to products like TiVo Premiere and Roku, but none of the set-top boxes provide access to Hulu’s free content.


Hulu Plus and CBS talks confirmed

Posted in Hulu by Shane McGlaun on August 3rd, 2010

I am not one to pay for streaming services and TV programming other than my Satellite TV channels. Hulu is making it very hard for me to resist paying the $9 per month to get it on my PS3 though.

Hulu Plus will already offer major network content with one of the few remaining holdouts being CBS. Rumors circulated over the last month or so that CBS and Hulu were in talks. Reuters reports that CBS CEO Les Moonves has now confirmed those talks.

Hulu viewers dropping by 45% according to ComScore

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2010

It appears that Hulu has some tough times ahead. The popular video streaming site used to be the number 2 video site behind YouTube, but not anymore. It is not as popular as we thought according to the Los Angeles Times.

According to the report, the numbers of viewers over at Hulu has plunged 45 percent and dropped to 24 million in June. But is it really that bad? It should be noted that this is following an overhaul of “ComScore’s methodology”, now ranking it at No. 10 among video websites.

Hulu coming to PlayStation network soon

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2010

It’s been about 3 weeks since we heard rumors of Hulu coming to the Xbox 360 and the iPad as a paid service, and now Bloomberg is saying that Hulu is also in talks to become part of Sony’s Playstation Network and appear on the PS3 “soon.”

Soon could mean next week or next month. We don’t know. Hulu on PS3 is said to be a paid service, but nothing is confirmed yet.

Hulu may be expanding to the Xbox 360 and iPad

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on June 9th, 2010

Previous reports said that a paid subscription version of Hulu would be hitting the Xbox 360 at E3, but now we are hearing that Microsoft’s popular gaming console might not be the only device to get a Hulu subscription service.

Apple’s iPad may be supported as well. So you could be seeing programs from companies like Fox, NBC, Universal and Disney on their way to the Xbox 360 and iPad. Rumor is that this service will be launched in the next month or two.


Hulu Plus gets delayed

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2010

Hulu’s May 24th “Hulu Plus” subscription will apparently miss its scheduled debut, according to sources. The company is planning a $9.95 monthly subscription package which would allow access to a back catalog of streaming content; but “people familiar with the company” are now saying that Hulu Plus is unlikely to be ready in time for a launch next Monday.

If the info is accurate, no one is sure if the delay is a technical one or due to ongoing negotiations with some content providers. Rumors are that Fox, ABC and NBC, who make up Hulu’s owners, are pretty well decided on what subscribers will get for the money, but we don’t have exact details.

Hulu isn’t ready for HTML5 yet

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on May 13th, 2010

We’ve all heard the back and forth over which is better, HTML5 or flash or just watching stuff on your HDTV. Many think that HTML5 will save streaming video, but Hulu VP Eugene Wei recently went on record stating that HTML5 can’t handle Hulu’s current needs.

DRM seems to be a big part of the problem. HTML5 doesn’t support it. Hulu needs it. Otherwise we would all just be able to right click to save any Hulu show. Good for us, but for Hulu not so much.

Hulu subscription service will be $9.95 a month for older shows

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2010

Sadly Hulu is ready to invade our wallets. At least some parts of Hulu won’t be free for much longer. We heard back in January that they were considering charging for the service and now the LA Times says that a subscription service could go into effect as early as May 24th. Yikes.

According to “people familiar with the matter,” viewers would be asked to pay $9.95 per month for access to episodes that aren’t brand new. Hulu will continue to provide the five most recent episodes of hit shows for free, but a paid subscription will be required to view shows older than that.

Hulu thinking about $5 monthly fee for older episodes

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2010

We knew that the day would come when HULU started charging for episodes and that day may be soon. According to The LA Times, Hulu is thinking about a pricing model that would go into effect in the next six months.

One of the options they are contemplating is to allow you to watch the five most recent episodes of a TV show for free, with the older episodes requiring a $5 monthly fee. At least 20 shows would be in the package to make it look good to users.

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