This week the folks behind Hulu’s mobile apps have announced ad-supported full TV episodes. This means that while you’ll still have to pay for full Hulu Plus action, the app won’t be completely useless if you’re not all about pushing the full Hulu Plus experience. This release will be coming to both iPhone and Android first.
It’s a battle between Netflix and Hulu for original content and exclusive content, make no mistake about it. This week there’s been another push by Hulu to make the public aware of their original content - called "Hulu Original", of course - with assurances that several titles will be coming to the service provider anew while several titles will be sticking around for future seasons.
If you’re using Hulu Plus on your PlayStation 3, Playstation 4, or Xbox One, the team responsible for helping you control this situation are bringing some heat. There’s now a Remote Control app for Hulu Plus, allowing you to control what you see on your TV from your smartphone or tablet. It’s all very retro, when you think about it.
This week Amazon has sent out invites to an event that’ll be held in New York City next week. This event will take place on the 2nd of April and will center on what Amazon describes as an "an update for our video business." While it’s possible that Amazon might be speaking about their streaming video content delivery services, it’s also likely they’re speaking about their long-awaited television set-top box.
Word about an Amazon set top box has abounded for many months, with word surfacing in April of last year that a STB was in the works, followed by a more recent tip that the device will launch this month, a change from the previously anticipated holiday season arrival. Now sources have surfaced saying the box will include apps for competitors' offerings, including Netflix.
Three years, 50 partners, and 13,000 Japanese media assets later, Hulu is drawing one chapter of its international venture to a close. Though the video streaming service isn't exactly withdrawing from the Japanese market, it will be handing off bulk of the responsibility of running things over to the Nippon Television Network Corporation, more popularly known as Nippon TV.
Today in a blog post on the company's website, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins named the company's new upcoming Chief Technology Officer, Tian Lim. Lim isn't set to kick off his new CTO position until March 3, giving him another two weeks of wait. Before joining Hulu, Lim worked for Sony Network Entertainment International.
Hulu's former CEO Jason Kilar, who was in the news frequently last year, has nabbed more former colleagues from the video service for his new -- and rather secretive -- Fremont Project. He has hired three more former Hulu workers, expanding upon the number he picked up late last year.
Hulu has announced its Originals lineup for this year at CES, detailing both the upcoming premieres that will be making their debut in coming weeks and returning original series that have been on the holiday season hiatus. Among the offerings detailed is the pending premier of "Deadbeat", a supernatural comedy directed by Arrested Development's Troy Miller that will be launching on April 9.
Hulu has been fighting to get a case thrown out that as to do with it allegedly sharing the viewing habits of its users illegally. The plaintiffs in the case claim that Hulu illegally shared viewing habits of its users with Facebook and comScore. Hulu had gone before a US Magistrate Judge named Laurel Beeler in an attempt to get the suit dismissed.