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October 9, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Viacom 's Nickelodeon has struck a deal to sell its programming to Hulu Plus, the subscription arm of the online video platform Hulu. Starting today, recent episodes of Nickelodeon shows such as "iCarly" and "SpongeBob SquarePants" and its much-anticipated new version of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" will be available to Hulu Plus subscribers. The episodes will be available three weeks after airing on Nickelodeon. The move has some analysts shaking their heads, who point to Nickelodeon's willingness to sell its programming to Netflix as playing a part in the cable network's ratings decline during the past year.
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April 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Left-leaning political talk show host Cenk Uygur has raised $4 million to expand his digital video company the Young Turks Network, and the money comes from a seemingly unlikely source: Republican Buddy Roemer, the former governor of Louisiana. Roemer's private equity fund, Roemer, Robinson, Melville & Co., is providing $4 million in seed financing with an option to go up to $8 million, which the network plans to use to expand its reach through Internet streaming, local television and international syndication deals.
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November 9, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Digital media didn't do any favors for ABC last quarter. Losses from Walt Disney Co.'s one-third ownership of Hulu resulted in a $9 million decrease in operating income at the media giant's broadcasting division, which consists of the ABC Network, its production studio and local channels, compared to the same period a year ago. On a conference call with analysts this week, Disney Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo said the decline in its fiscal...
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April 15, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
NBCUniversal is unveiling an initiative to produce original video that will be featured on the company's digital platforms and national video-on-demand and will be promoted on its TV networks. The initiative will debut first on channel websites, Hulu and video-on-demand. It is designed to connect advertising brands with consumers. In many cases, the development of original series will be in direct collaboration with advertising partners. Creative teams from NBCUniversal cable and broadcast networks, as well as its Creative Innovation Agency, will work closely with top production teams from around the industry to create programming for viewers who frequent its digital platforms daily.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Here's your fight-the-power Friday roundup of consumer news from around the Web: --Christmas wasn't kind to the video game industry. U.S. sales of video game hardware, software and accessories fell 21% in December from a year ago, to $3.99 billion, as players bought fewer games for their aging consoles, according to market researcher NPD Group. The month's poor performance was unexpected given the quality of new games, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which was the top-seller, and Just Dance 3, which placed second.
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July 31, 2012 | By Meg James
Hulu interrupted the afternoon's regularly scheduled programming for a commercial message: The 4-year-old service no longer is just a place to catch up on missed episodes of broadcast network shows such as “Modern Family” and “Family Guy.”  Tuesday, executives with the online video service were intent on showcasing their eclectic mix of newly added and upcoming shows, including “Prisoners of War,” an award-winning Israeli series that...
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May 24, 2012 | By Joe Flint
The legal battle between Dish Communications and the broadcast networks over the satellite broadcaster's new feature that makes it easier for its subscribers to skip commercials may be the biggest issue between the two sides -- but it isn't the only one. In an interview, David Shull, Dish's senior vice president of programming, expressed frustration over the networks' growing willingness to offer their content on digital platforms such as Hulu...
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October 5, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski and Meg James
Since Hulu launched early last year, its popularity has quadrupled as millions of people turn to the free online video site to watch episodes of such television shows as "Family Guy," "The Office" and "Modern Family." Some wonder how long the free flow of online video would last if Comcast Corp. ends up a part owner of Hulu. The nation's leading cable company has made no secret of its disdain for Hulu's approach of giving away the shows that Comcast and other pay-TV distributors spend billions for -- and rely on to retain subscribers.
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April 5, 2013 | By Meg James
Bidders are circling for the popular video website Hulu, including one of the service's initial architects: Peter Chernin, the former News Corp. president. Chernin has long been one Hulu's most passionate advocates. His Chernin Group has offered more than $500 million for the 5-year-old website, according to an executive close to the process who did not want to be identified discussing sensitive information. Other entitities, including technology companies, have expressed interest in buying Hulu, this person said.
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January 8, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Hulu unveiled its programming lineup for 2014 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, and the new year will include a chance to watch the original Scandanavian version of "The Bridge" along with original production "Deadbeat" and new seasons of several returning shows. "The Bridge" was adapted for American audiences on FX last year, but the original BAFTA-nominated series took place on the border between Sweden and Denmark and used a murder investigation as a way to explore the societal problems in those two frigid countries.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
As expected for some time, Amazon on Wednesday unveiled its Fire TV, an Internet video-streaming set-top box that will compete against the likes of Apple TV, Roku and Google Chromecast. Though Amazon was expected to announce a small dongle similar to Chromecast and the new Roku Streaming Stick, the company instead revealed a black rectangular box about the same size as the Apple TV and Roku's various set-top devices. The new box will retail for $99 and is on sale now . Amazon Fire TV comes with a small control, just like Roku and Apple TV. But unlike its rivals, Amazon Fire TV's remote comes with a microphone that users can speak into to search for content with their voice.
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February 27, 2014 | By Meg James
Less than three years after launching a leading online video subscription service in Japan, Hulu has decided to bow out of the country. Santa Monica-based Hulu has agreed to sell its Hulu Japan subscription service to Japan's Nippon Television Network Corp., the companies announced late Thursday. "We have now reached a point in the growth of the business in Japan where we feel the best path forward is to sell the company to a strategic buyer," Hulu Chief Executive Mike Hopkins wrote in a blog post announcing the divestiture of one of the company's most ambitious projects.
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January 30, 2014 | By Gina McIntyre
"Neighbors," the raunchy Seth Rogen comedy about a married couple living next to a frat house, will premiere alongside Jon Favreau's restaurant comedy “Chef” and Rob Thomas ' crowd-funded “Veronica Mars” movie as part of the 21st edition of the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, organizers announced Thursday. The 115-film lineup at the film fest, set for March 7-15, includes new movies from David Gordon Green, who will bring his adaptation of the Larry Brown novel "Joe," starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan; Diego Luna, who will screen his biopic "Cesar Chavez" about the labor organizer; and Patrick Brice, who will premiere "Creep," starring Mark Duplass as a videographer who answers a want ad for a job only to discover the client is not what he appears to be. Filmmaker Wes Anderson also will be on hand for a screening of his new film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," followed by an in-depth discussion about his career.
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January 21, 2014 | By Joe Flint
China is getting "The Ellen DeGeneres Show. " Warner Bros., which produces and distributes the daytime talker, said it has struck a deal with Sohu Video, an online distributor, to carry the show in China. The studio said it is the first time a U.S. syndicated talk show will be available in China. Subtitled episodes of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" will hit China within two days of their original broadcast here. WINTER TV PREVIEW: Full coverage of the season's shows Sohu is an over-the-top video service similar to Hulu.
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January 9, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Tobey Maquire, star of IFC's "The Spoils of Babylon" has two messages for those who tune in. "I'm sorry and you're welcome," he quipped to reporters at the winter Television Critics Assn. media tour. Maguire was making fun of the intentionally overblown "The Spoils of Babylon," which is a parody of over-the-top miniseries, complete with swelling orchestral music, awkward dialogue and chest-heaving passion. The six-episode project, created and written by Funny or Die's Matt Piedmont and Andrew Steele, represents IFC's most aggressive move yet in planting its comedy flag on the cable landscape.
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January 9, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Playwright and actor Sam Shepard has a theory about looking to the rural life of yesteryear for entertainment: Nothing has changed. The 70-year-old actor stars in the forthcoming Discovery Channel miniseries "Klondike," which tells the story of the last great Gold Rush that swept Alaska and Canada's Yukon territory in the 19th century. While promoting the project Thursday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, the actor mused on backwoods curiosity, particularly referring to "Klondike.
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October 29, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
The CW television network wants to hang with a new crowd. The network reached a five-year deal Friday to offer new episodes of its dramas and reality shows on Hulu and the Hulu Plus subscription service. The arrangement is significant because it is expected to introduce CW's programming — including "Vampire Diaries," "Ringer" and "Hart of Dixie" — to a wider audience. It also mines a lucrative new stream of revenue that should help the small broadcast network find its financial footing and produce more original programming.
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May 25, 2013 | By Joe Flint, Meg James and Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times
Yahoo Inc., fresh off its $1.1-billion deal this week to acquire personal blogging site Tumblr, got in line Friday to pick up video streaming site Hulu. The late bid by the cash-rich Internet portal giant came on the same day that the Santa Monica company received bids from private equity firms KKR & Co. and Silver Lake Management, said people familiar with the matter. For its bid, Silver Lake teamed up with powerful Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor, said the people, who did not want to be named because the bidding process was confidential.
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January 8, 2014 | By Meg James
Continuing to carve out a niche with original programming, online video service Hulu has stepped up its output of in-house productions and co-productions. On Wednesday, the service unveiled its slate of original shows for 2014, which includes four programs new to Hulu and six returning projects. Hulu's popular teen drama, "East Los High," which revolves around a fictional group of high school students in East Los Angeles, is scheduled to return this summer for Season 2.  FULL COVERAGE: Winter TV preview Hulu said it has ordered 12 new episodes of the English-language series, which features an all-Latino cast and explores such real-life issues as teen pregnancy.
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January 8, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Hulu unveiled its programming lineup for 2014 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, and the new year will include a chance to watch the original Scandanavian version of "The Bridge" along with original production "Deadbeat" and new seasons of several returning shows. "The Bridge" was adapted for American audiences on FX last year, but the original BAFTA-nominated series took place on the border between Sweden and Denmark and used a murder investigation as a way to explore the societal problems in those two frigid countries.
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