Youtube just rolled out a new look for the site they are calling Cosmic Panda. Between that and bidding Pi in the recent Nortel auction, Google is really letting their geek flag fly.
We’ve know for a little while that Hulu had some suitors, with Microsoft and Yahoo named among the early aspirants.
Today news broke that Google is also interested, and web TV insiders say Hulu would be a great fit for the search giant.
“It’s funny because that was my first guess,” said one source. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Google emerges in the next few years as the biggest competitor to Time Warner and Comcast.” Read More
The ongoing Hulu saga reminds Betabeat of some kind of Greek myth. Created as the bastard scion of the old TV networks, Hulu is a popular and perhaps soon-to-be profitable service. Yet increasingly it is at war with its parents, who have been kneecapping the upstart to preserve their own power.
The new last week that a sale of Hulu is being considered brought focus on an important detail: Without the networks feeding it exclusive content, Hulu is much less appealing to both consumers and potential acquirers. So Peter Kafka’s report today that the service has locked in its exclusive content deals with Disney and Fox is heartening for Hulu fans. Read More
In a lot of ways TED Talks is the opposite of what you would expect from a viral content creator. It produces 18-minute videos that delve deeply into on esoteric topics like theoretical physics and modern art. Among the skateboarding dogs and teen pop stars, however, this unique approach has found a big audience. Read More
Someone is thinking of buying Hulu, and the L.A. Times says it’s Yahoo–big, messy deal, Carol!–but speculation is all over the map. “It seems like a weird thing” agreed moderators for The Wall Street Journal’s Digits Live webcast today, because Hulu is owned by content providers including News Corp., Walt Disney and Comcast, who therefore have an incentive to ink content deals with the web-based broadcaster. Without the ownership stake, why would networks want to provide content to a competing medium? They’re already at odds with Netflix because of its on-demand service. (Ooh! Maybe Netflix is the buyer!) Read More
Blip.tv, which just rolled out a new website, announced they will be partnering with LA-based digital studio The Collective to distribute massive web hits like The Annoying Orange, Fred, iJustine and FreddieW. Instead of just monetizing on YouTube, the shows will be able to draw revenue from places like iTunes, Aol and Blip’s destination site. Read More
For a long time blip.tv had a chicken and the egg problem. They wanted to focus on acquiring great content for their network of independent web shows. But it was hard to convince top show to come on board, because they didn’t have a lot of traffic.
Well traffic is no longer a problem at Read More
Negotiations between Hulu and the networks that supply its content are in the late stage and it seems like the online platform will keep all its original patterns - Fox, ABC and NBC. But it may lose some of the rights it had to play shows online before anyone else.
Tom Daly was born in Brooklyn, but has been living and working in Rockland County as an interaction designer. Now he’ll be making the commute each day to work at Boxee on the future of web TV.
“I’ve been a Boxee user for a long time now, used their patch to hack my Apple TV Read More
Shelby.tv founder Reece Pacheco was reportedly fielding offers for $200,000 in funding minutes after getting offstage at the TechStars NY demo day.
The company was initially aiming for a $500,000 seed round, but has since graduated to a what Onswipe’s Jason Baptiste calls a “series Awesome”.
Betabeat learned today that Shelby.tv plans to double Read More