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Convergence Consulting Group report: 1,000,000+ people cut cord for Web

Convergence Consulting Group report: 1,000,000+ people cut cord for Web

Last year, services like Netflix and Hulu provided enough entertainment for more than a million people in the US to cancel their cable or satellite TV subscriptions. That brings the total number of people who have made such a move to 2.65 million since 2008. These are people who specifically said they canceled pay TV service because they were switching to Web-based video options.

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Hulu video player now 55% bigger

Hulu video player now 55% bigger

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.

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TDG report compares cable video-on-demand to Netflix

TDG report compares cable video-on-demand to Netflix

So, before there was Netflix, there were dedicated digital cable channels that allowed cable subscribers to watch various TV shows and movies for free, usually with some sort of ad-supported structure. Right now, if you're like most cable users in the country, you're probably thinking, "Oh yeah, that's right. There are on-demand channels that I can access from my cable box." The problem is you never actually go there to watch anything. And here are some numbers to prove that.

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Netflix adds The Weinstein Company to its streaming roster

Netflix adds The Weinstein Company to its streaming roster

Netflix has just added yet another content partner to its ever expanding list of digitally streaming video content. This time around it's The Weinstein Company, known mostly for its high-brow documentaries and dramas. Among the more recent titles in Weinstein's arsenal are Sarah's Key, The Intouchables, W.E., Coriolanus, Bully, and a flick that's getting a lot of Oscar buzz, The Artist. That's just a sampling of what the new content deal will bring to Netflix.

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Comcast Xfinity Streampix revealed to take down Netflix

Comcast Xfinity Streampix revealed to take down Netflix

If you're a user of Netflix streaming service, HULU Plus, or both, you know that there's a lot to differentiate the two, but that not a lot of ground is left to cover after they've taken their piece of the pie. That's where Comcast comes in with Xfinity Streampix. The group has this week revealed, though not formally announced, their upcoming streaming video service which will take command of its 75,000 shows and films that Comcast already offers and adds deals with several large picture companies.

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Amazon is looking for people to produce original TV content

Amazon is looking for people to produce original TV content

In the highly competitive world of digital streaming, where everyone can pretty much get access to the same slate of popular content and offer it at pretty much the same price, there's a strong need to create something new and differentiated. Hulu has been trying to set itself apart not only by offering much more timely TV content but also creating a bold initiative on making its own Web shows that are available exclusively on Hulu. It looks like Amazon wants to take a page out of that book.

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Hulu users vote Honda’s ad as top Super Bowl commercial

Hulu users vote Honda’s ad as top Super Bowl commercial

Video streaming service Hulu teamed up with advertising group Ad Age to create an online portal that featured Super Bowl ads from this year and years past. Immediately after the big game, while much of the country was busy cheering and reveling, there were some dedicated commercial fans who voted on Hulu to choose their favorite ad of the night. The winner of the unofficial contest was actually just a teaser of one of the commercials that went live before the game - Volkswagen's "The Bark Side" ad preview.

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Google’s YouTube might be considering subscription service

Google’s YouTube might be considering subscription service

There is no shortage of ways for YouTube to monetize its site right now. It has sponsored videos, ad-supported content, and pay-per-click overlay ads. But that might not be enough, as the head of the viral video site has suggested there might be premium content on its way to YouTube, effectively ending the great legacy of 100% no-barrier, free-to-watch videos that made the site what it is today.

Hulu seeks funding for new original programming

Hulu seeks funding for new original programming

Video streaming sites started out as places where fans of TV shows could go to catch up on past seasons and episodes that they might have missed on TV. Hulu was mostly a catch up site when it launched. It then added movies to compete with Netflix. As Netflix is evolving into the next logical step with its own original programming, Hulu is looking to do the same.

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