1. Entertainment

    The Final Episode of The IT Crowd Is On Hulu, So Now You Have No Excuse Not to Watch It

    If you're a decent, moral Internet user who, unlike the rest of us, doesn't use a proxy service to watch out-of-country videos and never ever pirates stuff that's unavailable in North America, then your patience has paid off! Now you can watch the final episode of The IT Crowd in a totally legal way.

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  2. Entertainment

    I’d Watch Hulu’s April Fools Prank The Field If It Were Real

    It's April 1st, so every site on the web seems to be pulling some kind of prank. I even heard some jerks are using pictures of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen as the featured image on all their stories today. Hulu's April Fools effort is a trailer for a Terry Crews-centered Brooklyn 99 spin-off that I'd totally watch.

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  3. Entertainment

    Review: Hulu’s New Original Series Deadbeat Tries to Combine The Sixth Sense With The Big Lebowski

    Hulu showed off the first episode of their upcoming original supernatural comedy series Deadbeat at SXSW, and I got to see it. I've been really impressed with some of Hulu's other originals like Moonboy and especially the wonderful The Wrong Mans. How does Deadbeat hold up?

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  4. Tech

    Google Reportedly Wants to Start Streaming Traditional TV Programming

    Because Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu don't offer us enough ways to procrastinate, Google may soon join their ranks. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has begun approaching various media companies in an attempt to license their content to stream traditional television shows online.

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  5. Entertainment

    The Upcoming Shows That Make Me Glad I Have a Hulu Account

    As I was scrolling through shows on my Hulu account the other day, I noticed that they posted trailers for all their upcoming shows. I took some time to watch them all, and while some were better than others, overall I'm actually pretty pumped about most of them. Here's a quick rundown of the Hulu shows that have me excited.

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  6. Tech

    Reddit Will Let You Upvote/Downvote Ads

    For as much as people seem to like Mad Men, they generally dislike advertising. That's unfortunate, because it's everywhere, especially on the Internet. Sites rely on ads to keep the lights on without having to charge their users. It's not a perfect system, but it's less jarring when those ads are for things that actually interest us. To that end, Reddit is now letting users upvote and downvote its ads.

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  7. Tech

    Redbox Instant Launches, Hopes There’s Room in Your Life for Another Video Service

    Redbox and Verizon have teamed up to take on the likes of Netflix with their new Redbox Instant streaming partnership which launched publicly today. This is a big move for Redbox, but with so many streaming sites already out there, is there even room for a new player? Verizon and Redbox seem to think so, and they'll give you a free month to think it over. I'm not convinced.

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  8. Entertainment

    Hulu’s First Original Scripted Series Battleground Debuts Next Month

    Online streaming service Hulu has announced that it will debut its first original, scripted series Battleground on February 14th. The series will be a 13 episode mockumentary from The Amazing Spiderman director Marc Webb. With Netflix's own original series Lilyhammer debuting just days before, online streaming could become a "battleground" in its own right.

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  9. Tech

    Facebook Announces Timeline, Apps, Major Overhaul to UI

    As you may be aware if you aren't living under a rock, Facebook's f8 conference was held today in San Francisco. During the conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg made something very clear; there are some big changes coming down the pipe. The first and most striking, from a design perspective, is the Timeline.

    The current (and previous) Facebook profile pages do a good job of representing your life in the recent past. While they present some static information like music you like, where you go to school, where you are employed, and so on, most of the information on your profile is very recent activity like status updates and posted links. The Timeline aims to change that by presenting information that aims to represent you as a whole instead of as the last few minutes or hours.

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  10. Tech

    Walmart’s Vudu Video Streaming Assault Begins

    Omnipresent brick-and-mortar retail chain Walmart has just launched a video streaming service on its website. The service is powered by Vudu, a digital video company that Walmart acquired over a year ago. Unlike Netflix, Vudu is not a subscription service and instead charges users for individual streaming rentals or purchases. Prices range from $1-$5.99 for rentals, with purchases starting at $4.99. Though Vudu has been around for a while, its launch directly on Walmart's website opens a new chapter for the service. It is also the surest signal that Walmart, a juggernaut DVD retailer, wants a piece of the streaming video pie. It's possible that the company might not see optical media like DVDs and Blu-rays as the sure bet they once were, and is seeking to diversify its stock.

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  11. Tech

    Is Google About to Buy Hulu?

    The Los Angeles Times is reporting that search juggernaut Google has entered into preliminary talks to purchase video streaming service Hulu. Though there are no confirmed details at the moment, Hulu has also apparently approached other tech companies, such as Yahoo! and Microsoft. For Google, this could be a major boon. Hulu not only has access to content hotly in demand by consumers, but also has managed to bring in ad dollars along with that content. Google has long said that ad money is what drives the company, and would surely be interested in expanding their ad sales operation. Furthermore, Google has sought to add more TV and movie content to YouTube, and could see a purchase of Hulu as an opportunity to do so. For Hulu's part, the situation may be more complex. From the LA Times:
    A sale would allow Hulu's media owners to make a graceful exit from a service whose success nonetheless created friction with traditional business partners. Cable and satellite distributors complained about paying for the right to carry programs that Hulu offered free online. A transaction would also enable owner Providence Equity Partners, which put $100 million in the venture, to see returns from its its investment.
    How the streaming service would survive in the hands of a new owner is anyone's guess. We'll certainly be keeping our eye on this one. (LA Times via TNW)

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  12. Tech

    Hulu Up For Sale

    The popular online television streaming service Hulu has announced that it's putting itself up for sale. Only a day after the service recieved an unsolicited purchase offer and Yahoo! expressed interest in acquiring it, Hulu decided that perhaps it ought to put itself on the market and see what happens. The bidding starts in two weeks. Hulu is a hot commodity and is widely credited with changing the television industry by bringing more television to the web. While this makes it a valuable purchase for any number of the Internet powerhouses out there, all that revolutionizing has also put Hulu on bad terms with its current owners, Walt Disney Co., News Corp., Comcast Corp., who inherited a share through the acquisition of NBCUniversal, and Providence Equity, who are all looking for a chance to get out. As of now, there's no telling who might potentially bid on the company, or how their bids might be affected by whether or not Hulu's previous owners will still continue to provide content. (via The Los Angeles Times)

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  13. Tech

    Cable Companies Claim iPads Are TVs

    Brace yourselves, because you might start rooting for the cable companies on this one, and I know how shocking that could be for some of you. In a series of statements, different cable providers are arguing that iPads and other devices are essentially TVs and that they, the cable cos, can distribute content to them under existing agreements. At issue are apps and alternative viewing methods provided by the cable companies to their users. For instance, Time Warner Cable (until recently) allowed users to view TV content via an app. It's these non-traditional viewing methods that are under attack, and that cable companies are desperate to defend in order to keep you, the little guy, from throwing out your set-top-box and blissfully watching Netflix and/or Hulu until the cows come home. Though I am loath to say it, having more options to view content does diversify the streaming video marketplace, giving customers lots of options. Moreover, it makes purchasing cable through providers a little more worthwhile, since you can get the content you're paying for whenever you want. But deeper still, this seems to show how scared cable companies are of services like Hulu, and how real competition in the video space actually is making it a more dynamic marketplace. (via Broadband Convergent, image via Steve Rider)

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  14. Entertainment

    NBC Wanted to Stop Conan from Tweeting

    When NBC fired Conan O'Brien last year in favor of giving Jay Leno his time slot back, they worked out a deal in which O'Brien was forbidden from appearing on TV and/or disparaging the network that dangled the Tonight Show in front of him and then snatched it back. What we do know is that not long after that deal was made, O'Brien took to Twitter. What we didn't know until now was that NBC wanted that Twitter account shut down. Because when you've already disappointed so many fans in the 18 to 49 demographic, why not go big or go home? Definitely go after a former employee's Twitter account. Brilliant!

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  15. Tech

    Hulu May Morph into an “Online Cable Operator”

    If you're a fan of web-based TV service Hulu, you're not alone. The company reported revenue of over $260 million in 2010, more than twice its $108 million haul in 2009 -- and it managed to turn its first profit. But Hulu doesn't have room to breathe easy yet: At $2.16 billion, its rival Netflix had nearly ten times Hulu's revenue in 2010, and perhaps more pressingly, Hulu could lose or see restricted some popular free content from Fox and ABC, whose parent companies, News Corp. and Disney, are reportedly "mulling whether to wait two weeks or more after a TV episode airs before making it available free online," and, to add insult to injury, may ramp up their sales to Hulu's Internet-delivered TV competitors Netflix, Microsoft, and Apple. Which could explain why Hulu refuses to rest on its laurels: According to the Wall Street Journal, Hulu execs are considering a radical switch in the company's direction, which would see Hulu as a sort of "online cable provider."

    In what would be a major shift in direction, Hulu management has discussed recasting Hulu as an online cable operator that would use the Web to send live TV channels and video-on-demand content to subscribers, say people familiar with the talks. The new service, which is still under discussion, would mimic the bundles of channels now sold by cable and satellite operators, the people said. Hulu's managers say tumult is natural in such a fast-changing industry. "When we blaze trails, which is what Hulu is about, it takes time," said Jason Kilar, Hulu's chief executive, in an interview. "That is not for the faint of heart, and we understand that."
    The question remains, though, how many people would pay for such a service, and, relatedly, how much juice would the networks that own the shows be willing to give it. I've previously expressed my opinion that Netflix Instant is simply a much better value than Hulu Plus; a solid live offering could seriously distinguish Hulu from its competitors, particularly among a younger generation that doesn't want to pay for cable if it doesn't have to. What would a cable-like Hulu need to have to be worth it? (WSJ via Engadget)

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