July 9, 2010 |
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.
April 29, 2009 |
Hulu.com, the website that offers TV shows and movies, was the third-most watched Internet video destination last month, overtaking Yahoo Inc. The Hulu service, whose owners include News Corp. and General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal, showed 380 million videos in March, compared with Yahoo's fourth-place 335 million, according to ComScore Inc. Viewers watched 5.9 billion videos on YouTube and other Google Inc. sites, and News Corp.'s fully owned sites such as MySpace.com provided 437 million viewings for second place.
November 19, 2009 |
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.
July 26, 2010 |
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.
June 13, 2011 |
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.
March 11, 2008 |
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."
December 31, 2011 |
"Community," NBC's quirky Thursday night comedy, has been a slacker in the ratings. The sitcom about misfit community college students, starring Joel McHale and Chevy Chase, has averaged about 4 million viewers an episode this season, not enough to guarantee survival in the dog-eat-dog world of network television. The tepid ratings prompted NBC to put the show on hiatus. Still, despite its struggles, the series is headed toward the promised land of syndication. Just a few years ago, a syndication sale for a modest performer like "Community" would have been unthinkable.
August 4, 2012 |
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?
July 27, 2011 |
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.
December 27, 2013 |
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.