Did Hulu rip its name off?
A Canadian company called Hulavision is suing Hulu and NBC Universal on the grounds that its business model and name were stolen. The Canadian company claims it had confidential meetings about Hulavision which NBC Universal was to keep confidential. Read Story
Although Hulu recently lost popular Viacom content from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report”, they may make up for some lost viewership with the addition of content from NFL Network. The NFL channel on Hulu (http://www.hulu.com/nfl) is featuring nine football categories including 149 “Game of the Week” episodes, 18 “Greatest Games” episodes, and 43 “Super Bowl Highlights.” Each team also has its own sub-channel (For example http://www.hulu.com/nfl/carolina-panthers) which makes its easier to find content for a certain team rather than browsing through categories.
Hulu suffered a major setback as of yesterday with the announcement that two of its most popular offerings would no longer be available to the service. Though Hulu will still carry links to the shows on the site, Viacom has pulled “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and the off-shoot show “The Colbert Report” from Hulu, and will offer full episodes and excerpts viewable through their Comedy Central website going forward (still free and advertiser supported).
Don’t know how we missed this but late last week Hulu added the Criterion Collection channel, starting with six films from the “Zatoichi” series of Japanese films. There are 26 “Zatoichi” films in total dated from 1962 until 1989. (A remake of the original was released in 2003.) The films are also known as “Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman” and are titled as such on Hulu.com. Criterion says they will be adding more films soon. Check out the new channel on Hulu.
Via the news wires this morning… Vivendi S.A. is now poised to give their blessing to one of the biggest media deals this decade: a merger of Comcast with NBC/Universal that would create a joint venture largely controlled by Comcast. What could this mean for VOD fans of online content that is now free for the viewing?
Free Video on Demand service via the web (Web-VOD) may take a huge popularity hit should Comcast Corp. move forward in a possible merger of assets that includes NBC-Universal’s Bravo, SyFy (formerly SciFi) and Hulu.com properties.