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February 10 2014

Hulu Answers Our Dreams of a '7th Heaven' Revival
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7th Heaven, television's longest-running family drama, called it quits in 2007, but now Hulu wants you to relive the series in all its glory — all 243 episodes of it.

Hulu will make the show's 11 seasons available to Hulu Plus subscribers sometime this year as part of a non-exclusive multi-year content deal with CBS Corporation that will expand Hulu's collection of CBS programming from 2,700 episodes to more than 5,300 episodes.

The agreement, which was announced Monday, will bring a slew of newer and older shows to Hulu Plus in 2014. Hulu Plus subscribers will get multiple seasons of Cheers, Happy Days, Taxi, The Odd Couple, Everybody Loves Raymond, Laverne & Shirley, Wings and Melrose Place, as well as the first season of 90210. No exact release dates have been set for any shows. Read more...

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Remember Fraggle Rock? Its Spinoff Is Coming to Hulu
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Those lively green creatures from 1980s puppet series Fraggle Rock are making a comeback — as animated characters on Hulu

Hulu will unleash Doozers, an animated series from the minds behind Fraggle Rock, Dinosaur Train and Yo Gabba Gabba, on April 25. The streaming service announced on Monday it had acquired the show from the Jim Henson Company and DHX Media.

At first glance of the show's trailer, Doozers feels like Bob the Builder meets Rolie Polie Olie. The 52-episode series is aimed at preschool children and will appear on Hulu Kids Read more...

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February 06 2014

Amazon Releases a Second Round of Original Pilots
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Put down the remote and pick up the keyboard

Amazon Studios released 10 new original pilots on Thursday, some of which will be expanded into full series, depending on viewer feedback.

The new shows include The After, the story of eight strangers, pulled together by mysterious forces trying to survive in a vicious world, which is written and directed by Chris Carter of The X-Files; The Rebels, a sports comedy featuring a woman left as the sole owner of a pro football team when her husband dies; Bosch, a cop drama co-written by The Wire's Eric Overmyer; dramatic comedy Mozart in the Jungle; dark comedy Transparent; and a number of children's shows, including Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street, Hardboiled Eggheads, The Jo B. & G. Raff Show, Maker Shack Agency and Wishenpoof! Read more...

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January 30 2014

Stop Encouraging Binge Watching
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Prepare yourselves: Netflix will release House of Cards Season 2 on Valentine's Day. For fans of the first season, this means a sense of excitement mingled with foreboding — because of course, Netflix will release all 13 hour-long episodes at once. Subscribers will have to make a decision soon: do they blow the whole weekend of Feb. 15 to 16 on the show, or do they risk the slings and arrows of outrageous spoilers?

It's surprising how fast we have entered into a world where binge viewing of an entire season is not only the norm, it is encouraged. It's encouraged by Netflix and Hulu Plus, both of which offer versions of their apps (on the web, on the iPad and on Roku, at least) that auto-play the next episode as soon as you get to the credits for the last one. (Netflix calls the feature Post Play.) Read more...

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January 16 2014

Hulu Kicks Off Super Bowl Ad Channel With Classics Like Apple's '1984'
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Hulu has kicked off the run up to the advertising bonanza known as the Super Bowl with its launch of AdZone.

Now in its fourth year, AdZone hosts a wide variety of advertisements from past Super Bowls in the run up to the game on Feb. 2, along with a few previews of ads that will be shown during this year's game.

The channel includes numerous iconic Super Bowl ads such as Apple's "1984" and Reebok's "Terry Tate: Office Linebacker."

On gameday, viewers can visit AdZone, embedded below, to see commercials that have run and vote for their favorites. Last year, voters selected "Farmer" by Ram Trucks as their favorite. YouTube runs a similar competition - AdBiltz, in which viewers also selected the Ram ad Read more...

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If You Understand Bridgegate, You Get Net Neutrality
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Ever since the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit stuck down the Federal Communication Commission’s Net Neutrality rules, I can’t stop thinking about how much this reminds me of Governor Chris Christie's New Jersey Bridge Scandal

That mess is proof about how one relatively small body’s actions can make a world of difference on the steady flow of people through one of the nation’s busiest thoroughfares. The Internet has often been referred to as a many-laned highway (or super highway). There are no cars, just billions and billions of bits. They cruise along this digital highway largely unfettered, just as, when things are going very smoothly, thousands of cars can make it to and through the Washington Bridge tolls without much trouble or incident Read more...

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January 08 2014

Hulu Adds Ghosts and Hot Wives to Its Original Programming
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Hulu has announced its 2014 original programming lineup including the debut of its reality spoof The Hotwives of Orland and Deadbeat (pictured above), an original comedy about ghosts.

The streaming television site will feature a total of 16 series as part of its Hulu Originals lineup. A Hulu Plus subscription is not required to view the original content.

"Whether in the comfort of your living room or on-the-go watching on tablets and phones, our New Year’s resolution is to help you discover your new favorite television show or two (or ten) – only on Hulu," Charlotte Koh, head of development at Hulu Originals, wrote in a blog post Read more...

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December 19 2013

Netflix Is the Breakthrough Brand of 2013
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Two years ago, Netflix was all but written off for dead.

Netflix decided to split its DVD rentals and online streaming offerings in July 2011, effectively hiking the price by 60% for those accustomed to getting both. Two months later, Netflix doubled down on unpopular moves by announcing plans to split its DVD-by-mail service into a separate business that would be called Qwikster.

Customers took to social media to protest. The stock lost two-thirds of its value in a three-month period. Reed Hastings, the company's CEO, was declared the worst chief executive of the year by the New York Times and TheStreet Read more...

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December 18 2013

Hulu Expects to Hit $1 Billion in Revenue for First Time
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Hulu is projected to hit the $1 billion revenue mark in 2013, a first for the company, CEO Mike Hopkins wrote in a blog post on Wednesday

The company relies on a mix of advertising and subscribers for its income, both of which have continued to climb, according to Hulu. The company broke through 5 million paid subscriptions earlier in 2013 and now counts more than 1,000 advertisers on its site

To put these numbers in perspective, Netflix revenue for the third quarter alone came in at $1.1 billion, although its streaming service does not offer any free content or show ads. While smaller than Netflix, Hulu's revenue is growing at a fast pace: The company's revenue in 2012 was $695 million, meaning revenue increased by 44% year-over-year. Read more...

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November 16 2013

Must Reads: Instagram Scams, the Invisible Photographer and More
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During the week, we consume words in snackable, tweetable bites. But on the weekends, we have the time to take a dive into the murkier, lengthier depths of the Internet and expand our attention spans beyond 140 characters. We can brew a cup of coffee and lie back with our iPads, laptops, smartphones and Kindles.

Since you're bound to miss a few things during the daily grind, we present to you, in our weekly installation of Mashable Must Reads, a curated list of can't-miss stories to read and reflect on. (You can find last week's must reads here.) Read more...

The Instagram Scam That Tricked 100,000 Users Into Giving Away Their Passwords

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November 12 2013

Hulu's 'The Wrong Mans' Is So Right
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The Wrong Mans, Hulu's latest original series, switches from espionage drama to workplace comedy to art heist to buddy cop adventure and back again — all within six episodes. The show, a co-production with the BBC, is also very British. That's either a pro or a con, depending on your affinity for dry, awkward comedy (and accents)

Most importantly, though, The Wrong Mans is good.

When Sam, a town council planning adviser, faints after witnessing a car crash on the way to work, he wakes up with a stranger's cell phone and subsequently becomes embroiled in the ultimate case of mistaken identity — or, rather, cases — as he and his underachieving coworker Phil stumble their way into a hostage negotiation, a kidnapping, a government conspiracy and more horrible situations in the countryside. Read more...

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November 08 2013

Microsoft Shows Off Xbox One's Entertainment Features
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Microsoft's Xbox One will dominate your living room entertainment by accessing your cable, on-demand video apps and other media, the company teased Friday.

The above new video shows a demonstration of how the Xbox One will integrate with those services, and how it will allow users to switch quickly between them with voice commands. Yusuf Mehdi, Xbox's chief marketing and strategy officer, and Marc Whitten, Xbox Live's vice president, walk us through the experience in the 12-minute video, which was recorded Nov. 1, The demo featured "live code" from the Xbox One.

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November 06 2013

Hulu Debuts 'Mother Up!' Animated Series Starring Eva Longoria
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With her Desperate Housewives days behind her, Eva Longoria wants you to now picture her as a desperate mother — an animated one. Longoria executive produces and stars in Hulu's new original series, Mother Up!, which premiered Wednesday.

Longoria voices Rudi Wilson, a music executive who after sparking a scandal moves from Manhattan to the suburbs to raise her two children without her husband or nanny.

The series follows her parenthood struggles in comedic fashion. The show also stars, as Hulu describes them, her "wildly imaginative 5-year-old girl, Apple, and a Charlie Brown-esque, slightly introverted 9-year-old son, Dick," The first two episodes debuted Wednesday, with a new episode slated to premiere every week for the next four weeks Read more...

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October 25 2013

Must Reads: Revenge Porn, Apple's Backward Business Model and More
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During the week, we consume words in snackable, tweetable bites. But on the weekends, we have the time to take a dive into the murkier, lengthier depths of the Internet and expand our attention spans beyond 140 characters. We can brew a cup of coffee and lie back with our iPads, laptops, smartphones and Kindles.

Since you're bound to miss a few things during the daily grind, we present to you, in our weekly installation of Mashable Must Reads, a curated v of can't-miss stories to read and reflect on. (You can find last week's must reads here.)

It's Still Easy to Get Away With Revenge Porn

    Two weeks ago, California became the second state in the U.S. to ban revenge porn — the act of publishing intimate photos, videos and contact information online without the subject's consent — and New York might be nextMashable spoke with victims, activists and lawyers about the swirling controversy over the First Amendment that the issue has opened. Read more...

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October 24 2013

The Hire That Could Save or Destroy a Crumbling Hulu
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"We are passionate in our opinion that the world has long since exceeded its quota in the mediocrity department. We believe our professional calling is to deliver quality... For Hulu, nothing less than brain-spray awesome quality will do, down to the finest detail."

And so begins Hulu’s genesis document, “What Defines Hulu,” a corporate manifesto of sorts from original CEO, Jason Kilar. To read it now is to look into the dreaminess of a startup adventure so earnest it breaks your heart and such a clear picture of the kind of dog-years toll a digital media company experiences in just six years. Read more...

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September 18 2013

'Doctor Who' and More: 35 BBC Shows Hulu Just Snagged
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Hulu's streaming-video library just got a big infusion of British programming with the addition of nearly 150 shows from the BBC — including popular sci-fi series Doctor Who, psychological crime thriller Luther, sitcom Fawlty Towers and car show Top Gear.

More than 2,000 episodes from these shows will be available on Hulu's U.S. subscription service Hulu Plus as part of a multi-year licensing agreement with BBC Worldwide North America. The deal isn't exclusive, meaning you can already find some of these programs on such services as Netflix, iTunes and Amazon Instant Video

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Hulu to Expand Content Lineup and Other News You Need to Know
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting storiesThe Wall Street Journal reports that Hulu is pushing forward with content investments and adding 144 titles from the BBC, including Doctor Who. The Obama administration filed a petition with the FCC to require wireless carriers to unlock mobile devices, according to The Washington Post. And today is a big day for Apple users: the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is set to release iOS 7, the latest iteration of its mobile operating system Read more...

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August 09 2013

'The Awesomes' is Hulu's Misdirection in the Right Direction
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Somewhere in the muck and mire of a summer filled with feature flops and aggressive ploys for web-first content, Hulu retreated from the sales table to tout a batch of original shows.

Taking a page out of Netflix's book of original programming, Hulu hasn't wasted any time tapping into a strategy that has proven to be fruitful (in terms of attracting eyeballs) and has thus far revolutionized appointment viewing, watercooler discourse and awards season voting. The subscription service in January offered a preview of its upcoming slate, teasing titles such as The Wrong Mans, about a criminal conspiracy mix-up; Behind the Mask, about the world of sports mascots; and Quick Draw, a comedy western. Read more...

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August 06 2013

Hulu Debuts Original Comedy Western Series 'Quick Draw'
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Hulu on Monday premiered Quick Draw, an original comedy western about a Harvard-educated sheriff who is hellbent on ushering forensic science into his small Kansas town

Set in 1875, Hulu-exclusive show was shot at Paramount Ranch, just north of Malibu, Calif., where Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, the '90s drama series, was filmed

"We discovered by accident that forensic science and criminology was in its infancy right around the same time, so we thought, 'let's bring this in' — the Sherlock Holmes-y and CSI of it all," show writer John Lehr, who plays Sheriff Hoyle, told Mashable Read more...

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May 31 2013

Hulu Plus Gets a Facelift on Wii, Roku and Samsung TVs
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Hulu has rolled out a new interface for Hulu Plus on Roku, select Samsung TV and Blu-ray players and the Nintendo Wii.

The update mirrors changes made to the PlayStation 3 Hulu Plus interface last fall and this spring's Apple TV redesign.

The update is more living room-centric, with a focus on larger artwork, an easier way to scroll through recommendations and improved search. It also brings the Hulu Kids section into the living room.

Roku users should get the update now, as should 2012 and 2013 Samsung TV and Blu-ray owners. The update will hit the Wii soon.

At least five companies are reportedly bidding on Hulu — including Yahoo. While Hulu's top traffic draw is its free website, the more than 3 million paying Hulu Plus subscribers are the key to the company's future. Read more...

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