November 9, 2012 |
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...
January 13, 2012 |
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.
July 31, 2012 |
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...
May 24, 2012 |
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...
October 5, 2009 |
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.
April 5, 2013 |
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.