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July 9, 2010 | Meg James
A Los Angeles County judge on Thursday referred to arbitration the case of a Canadian engineer who contends that NBC Universal stole his idea and business strategy to launch Hulu, the website that shows TV programs and movies. Errol Hula, founder of technology company Hulavision, sued media giant NBC Universal and the Hulu joint venture four months ago, saying Hula shared trade secrets and a business plan with an NBC executive in 2006. The following year, NBC Universal announced plans to team up with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
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BUSINESS
November 19, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
EMI Music became the first major music company to agree to distribute its music videos and concert footage on Hulu, the popular online video site. The London company will make content available from its various music labels, including Virgin, Capitol and Blue Note. It launches with exclusive footage of Norah Jones performing music from her new album, "The Fall," in a concert at Le Poisson Rouge in New York. Music videos already have shown appeal for rival online video site YouTube, which is working with Universal Music Group to develop a service called Vevo, which would highlight such content on YouTube and elsewhere online.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Hulu has been hailed as the future of television, but its reputation has been based in part on measurement techniques rooted in the past. The highflying online TV site frequently is touted as among the most popular video sites in the U.S., based on data from the industry-leading ComScore measurement service. A recent overhaul of ComScore's methods, however, brought Hulu's numbers crashing to Earth. Hulu's estimated viewership shriveled to 24 million in June, from 43.5 million in May, under ComScore's new methodology.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The video service Hulu, which offers television shows online, has secured a pair of British imports and a U.S. series to help propel it through the summer doldrums. Hulu has emerged as one of the Web's top destinations for watching prime-time television shows, which usually are available 24 hours after airing. But the site suffers from the same seasonality that afflicts the broadcast networks that provide Hulu with such top-rated programs as "Glee," "Modern Family" and "The Voice.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2008 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
Hulu, the closely watched joint venture of News Corp. and NBC Universal, makes its public debut Wednesday, making available legally and for free one of the most expansive collections of television shows on the Internet. The online video service, which has been in test mode since October, launches with more than 250 television series, including current shows such as "The Office" and "The Simpsons" and classics such as "Arrested Development" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Hulu also provides 100 free, feature-length films, including "The Big Lebowski," "Me, Myself & Irene" and "Some Like It Hot," along with short video clips from 150 television series including "Saturday Night Live" and "In Living Color."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times
Richard Linklater has always embraced narrative experimentation in his indie film features, and he's continuing that tradition for his new Hulu project, "Up to Speed. " The six-episode travel series, debuting Thursday, stars Timothy "Speed" Levitch, the quirky New York City tour guide who was the subject of Bennett Miller's 1998 documentary "The Cruise," as he gives his own take on obscure parts of the American landscape. Did you attempt to get this show on a TV network before going to Hulu?
BUSINESS
March 9, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Relax, TV programmers. The teen viewer isn't going anywhere. The perception of today's teenagers is that of antsy kids bouncing back and forth between their computer screens and cellphones as they update their Facebook statuses and look at videos on Hulu and YouTube while texting their friends. The reality is that for all the time teens spend staring at small screens, it's still the television screen that gets most of their attention. "There is a popularized notion of the typical teenager constantly digitally connected....
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
It's not enough these days to wonder what to watch on your TV; a growing question for many is how to watch. Just like any device in your life, TVs can now connect to the Internet. This lets you grab shows from the Internet and watch content whenever you want. Most new TVs come with the ability to connect to the Internet, but there are a number of ways to easily turn an existing TV into a so-called smart TV. Here's a primer. The simplest way to do so is to connect a TV to a laptop or computer using either a VGA or HDMI cable.
BUSINESS
July 27, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Fox is restricting free online access to "Glee," "The Simpsons" and other popular shows, becoming the first broadcast network to impose limits on watching new television episodes on websites such as Hulu. Beginning Aug. 15, viewers who don't subscribe to participating cable or satellite services will have to wait eight days from an episode's initial broadcast to watch a current Fox TV show online. Previously such popular prime-time shows from Fox and other networks have been available online the day after they aired for free, with commercials.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2013 | By Meg James and Dawn Chmielewski
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Nancy Tellem | Microsoft's president of entertainment and digital media The veteran CBS television executive had her work cut out when she joined Microsoft Corp. in 2012 to launch a Santa Monica studio to create original content. Long fascinated with changes in consumer behavior, Tellem is now playing an important role in determining what appeals to younger consumers accustomed to getting their entertainment on multiple screens.
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