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December 21, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before seeing if the Mayans are right and this is my last Morning Fix ever. The Skinny: So far, I'm still here. Check back with me later in the day. Friday's headlines include the holiday weekend box office preview, a profile of media investor Gordy Crawford, some division among the owners of Hulu, and reviews of "This is 40" and "On the Road. " Also, News Corp. details financial information on its publishing unit in advance of spinoff and CNN hires ABC's Jake Tapper.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before making sure to get home in time for the game. The Skinny: I couldn't help but notice that some of the "Mad Men" recaps I read last night seemed longer than the script for the two-hour season premiere. I like "Mad Men" and have never missed an episode but the obsession with the minutiae is exhausting! Monday's headlines include the box office recap; a potential suitor for Hulu and how ABC is looking to Disney for inspiration. Daily Dose: While lots of people binge-viewed the Netflix political drama "House of Cards," I chose to nibble at it. I finally finished and wonder whether releasing all the episodes at once has some cons to it when it comes to promotion and marketing.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Breaking Bad" marathon (AMC, Friday through Monday) . For those whose year has been marred by not being able to discuss "Breaking Bad" at cocktail parties, AMC brings you the parting gift of a series marathon, airing from noon each day, Friday through Monday. The story of a mild-mannered chemistry teacher turned meth-making drug dealer, and of all his little friends, frenemies and enemies, it is most likely the series most named this year right after the words, "You know, television has gotten really great.
BUSINESS
December 15, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Hoping to attract a rapidly growing U.S. Latino audience, online video site Hulu has launched a Spanish-language programming service with popular shows from networks Univision, Estrella TV and Azteca America. Spanish-language programming has been scattered across different Internet sites. And some of the most popular programs, including the spicy telenovelas produced by Grupo Televisa of Mexico, were not available online in the U.S. Hulu, which has ramped up its offerings this year, saw an opportunity.
BUSINESS
July 14, 2010 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Loved and feared, Hulu — the online video service that offers free streams of episodes of such popular TV shows as "Glee" and "The Office" — commands more than 43 million users. Hulu's rapid rise since its launch in March 2008 has provoked shudders in Hollywood, where it's feared the website is teaching consumers, especially younger ones glued to laptops, to expect easy access to TV's best shows — all for free. And that, providers fret, will only encourage people to drop their pay TV subscriptions, which pays for the enormous cost of producing sitcoms and dramas.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Hulu, the 2 1/2-year-old video website controlled by three major media companies, made a bet Tuesday on the future of television by introducing a paid service that would provide viewers with hundreds of additional episodes for $9.99 a month. The move, called Hulu Plus, is a recognition by TV networks that viewing increasingly will shift to online and mobile devices. Along with the cable industry's competing TV Everywhere initiative, which allows cable or satellite TV subscribers to watch programming online, Hulu Plus will offer users a wider selection of programming.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant Video users share one common passion: They all have an appetite for "binge viewing," according to the latest research from Nielsen. Nielsen's analysis of so-called over-the-top services -- a term that refers to video delivered to the TV via an Internet connected device such as a video game console or dedicated streaming box -- found that viewers are streaming video at a brisk pace. All the online video services experienced year-over-year gains in the number of users, Nielsen found.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before deciding what movie not to see this weekend. The Skinny: I'm going to try to not stuff myself on "Arrested Development" this weekend. Just because Netflix is releasing all the new episodes this weekend doesn't mean I have to sit glued to this computer watching them all at once like a little kid with a bowl of M&M's. Friday's headlines include the box-office preview for the long weekend and the latest on the possible Hulu sale. Daily Dose: Aereo is not the only new distribution company that broadcasters are trying to shut down.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Miramax Films has signed a digital distribution agreement with online video distributor Hulu as part of an ongoing effort to generate more revenue from its library of more than 700 films. Subscribers to Hulu's premium service Hulu Plus, which costs $7.99 a month, will get access to hundreds of Miramax titles that will be added over the next few months. "Pulp Fiction" and 26 others were the first to be made available for streaming Wednesday. Miramax announced a similar deal last month to put its films on Netflix's Internet streaming service.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2013 | By Joe Flint
While News Corp. and Walt Disney Co. consider offers for Hulu from several companies including Time Warner Cable, Yahoo and DirecTV, what all this means for the third owner of the online video site - Comcast Corp. - remain a mystery. Comcast inherited its 32% stake in Hulu when it purchased control of NBCUniversal in 2011. As part of the consent decree Comcast agreed to in return for government approval of the deal, it is a silent partner in Hulu's operations for seven years. There is an assumption that if Disney and News Corp.
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