AT&T Will Begin Offering Hulu To Its Customers Later This Year
Hulu and AT&T announced an expanded deal today designed to bring the video streaming service to AT&T’s customers on both mobile devices and on the web. Starting later this year, customers will be able to access Hulu shows through an AT&T app on their mobile phones, as well as through an AT&T website for Internet viewing, the companies said. The two are also exploring the possibility of bringing a Hulu app to TVs.
Opinions & Analysis
As TV options grow, cable must go a la carte: Your Say
I couldn’t agree more with a la carte options for cable. I only want seven channels, but I’m paying for more than 60 on a basic bundle plan and not getting three of the seven I want.
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Cannes: Are Periscope and Meerkat Threats to the Fest?
Security in Cannes is even tighter than usual this year but there’s a new form of criminal the festival may have no defense against. New live-streaming apps, like Periscope, Meerkat and YouNow, which allow users to share live video directly from their cell phones, could disrupt the festival’s exclusive world premieres.
Deals & Signings
MLB Pacts With Snapchat for Weekly Baseball Series
Major League Baseball has cut a deal with Snapchat — the messaging service that has been quickly building out media partnerships — for a weekly series of “stories,” titled “MLB Wednesdays,” featuring MLB and fan-contributed content from the league’s Wednesday games.
Streaming Video News
Amazon Said to Drop Viacom Shows as Reality Fatigue Hits Online
Amazon.com Inc.’s subscription-video service will drop several Viacom Inc. shows, including “Teen Mom” and “Mob Wives,” people with knowledge of the matter said, evidence that viewer fatigue with reality shows is spreading online.
Did you notice YouTube’s new font?
Roboto is Google’s official font for Android and it’s now bubbled its way up to YouTube for all. The company was previously testing the change out with a limited group of users, but it appears to have rolled out for all today.
Music App Teams Up With YouTubers To Open Doors For Talented Musicians
Popular music app StarMaker has made one musician’s dreams come true with the help of YouTube musician Corey Gray and Alexi Blue. The two creators handpicked Alex Hobbs as the winner of their “Sing with Corey Gray and Alexi Blue” contest sponsored by Keep Your Soul Records.
Ted Sarandos: Netflix Appetite for Originals Growing Stronger
Netflix is increasingly shifting content spending toward original programming — and demanding global rights for it — while its interest in output deals and non-exclusive content is waning, chief content officer Ted Sarandos said Wednesday at an investor conference.
Minecraft Most Streamed Video Game in YouTube’s History
“Minecraft” has built a big reputation on YouTube. The video streaming service announced Wednesday that content featuring the virtual brick-building video game has been watched more than any other interactive title in the 10 years since YouTube launched.
Tidal Exec Addresses Criticism of Naysayers
Tidal chief investment officer Vania Scholgel discusses frustrations and “wrong statements’ from the first months of the streaming music service.
Peter Guber to Chair NextVR Advisory Board, Invests in Virtual Reality Firm
Next VR, a startup that is developing technology to enable live and on-demand virtual reality experiences, is forming an advisory board chaired by Peter Guber, founder and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, who will also make a capital investment in the business.