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Google, Microsoft, Yahoo All In Early Talks To Buy Hulu

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo All In Early Talks To Buy Hulu

The L.A. Times reported today that insider sources have divulged that both Google and Microsoft have now begun preliminary talks to purchase Hulu. It's been reported that the online video streaming site has been shopping around for buyers, with the first suitor rumored to be Yahoo, although nothing official has been announced yet.

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Hulu chasing buyers spills insider; Yahoo fingered

Hulu chasing buyers spills insider; Yahoo fingered

Hulu is reportedly considering selling itself, though to exactly who is currently unclear. The WSJ reported that an unnamed company had made a speculative bid for Hulu, with the LA Times later suggesting that Yahoo was the interested party. However, no meeting of the Hulu board has been held to consider any offers, and subsequent reports have poured cold water onto the idea of Yahoo being interested.

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Why I Can’t Stand Hulu Plus

Why I Can’t Stand Hulu Plus

As someone who streams Netflix content through several different devices, including my HDTV, the iPad, and others, I recently decided to give some other streaming offerings a chance to win my affection. My first choice among the many out there was Hulu Plus.

Now, I should note that I’ve used Hulu quite often. While I’m having lunch, I’ve been known to surf to Hulu’s Web site and watch some episodes of shows I might have missed recently. I guess you could say that I’ve been a Hulu veteran for quite some time now.

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RIM wants Blackberry PlayBook Hulu Plus access

RIM wants Blackberry PlayBook Hulu Plus access

RIM launched the Blackberry Playbook not long ago and started sending the machines out to reviewers to spend some hands on time with. We put up our review of the Playbook last week and noted that the firmware was a wreck. Chris called the firmware "half-baked" at the time he wrote about the device. One of the bright spots was that at least for a while the Playbook users could access the streaming content on Hulu.

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Hulu Blocks Support For BlackBerry PlayBook

Hulu Blocks Support For BlackBerry PlayBook

The BlackBerry Playbook came out just two days ago and although it lacked support for various basic functions such as email, calendar, and contacts without the crutch of having a BlackBerry smartphone as well, it was able to access Hulu, the popular movie and TV show streaming service, via its browser without a problem. That is, until late afternoon yesterday when it was apparent that Hulu nixed the support.

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TiVo Hulu Plus trials starting; iPad streaming a possibility

TiVo Hulu Plus trials starting; iPad streaming a possibility

TiVo is reportedly readying to bring Hulu Plus to its DVRs, with a TiVo Premiere owner claiming to have been invited to join a field trial of the new service. Meanwhile, according to Engadget's sources, a customer survey sent to other TiVo subscribers suggests the company is considering iPad streaming functionality as well.

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Hulu and Viacom hammer out content partnership

Hulu and Viacom hammer out content partnership

Hulu became one of the largest video streaming sites online since it launched and has some of the best streaming content you can find on the web with shows from major networks that you can catch up on. Hulu has been reportedly considering a change from the free streaming site we all know to a paid IPTV provider, but so far the site is sticking to its mostly free roots.

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Hulu facing free show cull as “virtual cable operator” plans considered

Hulu facing free show cull as “virtual cable operator” plans considered

Hulu is reportedly facing a cull on its free content, with Fox and ABC both considering pulling some of their shows in an attempt to make more money through paid subscriptions. According to the WSJ's sources, Hulu's management may reposition the service as an "online cable operator" which would use IPTV to deliver live TV and video-on-demand, similar to channel bundles currently offered by cable and other operators.

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Hulu Plus hitting Android “in coming months”

Hulu Plus hitting Android “in coming months”

Hulu has confirmed that the Hulu Plus premium streaming content store will be arriving on select Android devices in the coming months, opening up a new option for viewing media on your smartphone. Announced at Samsung's CES 2011 keynote, the app will be compatible with Android 2.2 devices and higher.

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Comcast/NBC deal could see Hulu exclusivity bypassed

Comcast/NBC deal could see Hulu exclusivity bypassed

Hulu's exclusivity deal with NBC could be under threat, depending on interpretations of proposed FCC limitations on the Comcast/NBC deal. According to AllThingsD, FCC head Julius Genachowski could be looking to bypass Hulu as an exclusive NBC content provider, but the dialog around the conditions are so vague it's difficult to tell whose interests the FCC is serving.

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Roku add 1080p HD to XR streamers with 2.9 firmware update

Roku add 1080p HD to XR streamers with 2.9 firmware update

Roku has pushed out the latest firmware update for its Netflix streamers, with 2.9-b1509 bringing 1080p HD support to the older Roku XR STBs and various other Hulu optimizations that affect all models. Hulu streams should now start playing quicker, and be more resilient to higher-latency networks.

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iPad shines as a touch computer with iOS 4.2

iPad shines as a touch computer with iOS 4.2

iOS 4.2 was released today for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.  iOS 4.2 boasts over 100 new features however I feel AirPrint and AirPlay are among the most significant new features and deserve a deeper analysis.

AirPrint and AirPlay will be nice new additions for the iPhone and iPod Touch however the iPad is where they shine.  Printing had been one of the main early requests after the iPad came out signaling that consumers wanted to do more with their iPads than just surf the web and play games. Apple has provided that feature and gone one better with AirPlay.

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