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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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Netflix users spend twice as much time viewing compared to Hulu viewers

Netflix users spend twice as much time viewing compared to Hulu viewers

I have both Netflix and Hulu accounts. I rarely watch Hulu Plus anymore, the shows it has and the content just isn't that great. Even when I do try to watch the videos just don't stream as well for me as they do on Netflix. Hulu ends up constantly buffering and the video quality isn't as good. I keep reminding myself to cancel the subscription but keep forgetting to do it. Apparently, I am not the only one that likes Netflix better than Hulu.

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Apple TV Hulu Plus app on ice over iTunes sales fears

Apple TV Hulu Plus app on ice over iTunes sales fears

Apple TV owners hoping for Hulu Plus access will have to wait until Apple execs are confident the streaming media service won't eat into iTunes sales, new reports have suggested. Although a Hulu Plus app on Apple TV hardware is already apparently feature-complete and ready for launch, 9 to 5 Mac's sources tell them, the hold-up is a political one rather than any technical shortcoming of hardware, software or service, as Apple looks to protect its own revenue stream.

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Hulu considers IPO after sale falls through

Hulu considers IPO after sale falls through

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 with other premium video services. Hulu tried an IPO last year when it was evaluated at $2 billion, but plans fell through.

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Hulu sale cancelled altogether

Hulu sale cancelled altogether

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, I'll just keep to myself!" It's all very dramatic. It all started back in June when Hulu was rumored to be putting themselves up for sale with Yahoo! tipped as a bidder.

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