Hulu Might Lose the Best Reason to Pay for Hulu

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With all the streaming and subscriptions services out there for various movies and TV programming, it seemed that users were starting to gain an edge over the cable companies that have overcharged them for years. However, one of the more prominent streaming options may end up pulling the rug out from viewers, and it’s all thanks to one of the most sinister cable companies around.

News surfaced today that Time Warner is currently considering purchasing 25% of Hulu. That doesn’t sound bad right? Maybe that means their network HBO would start putting content on Hulu, and Warner Bros. Pictures and Television would start adding their movies and TV shows to the streaming service? Nope. Instead, Time Warner wants to buy part of Hulu so they can stop the service from steaming network and premium shows the day after they air on television. Shit just got real. Read More »

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Almost two years after the initial launch of HBO Go, Time Warner Cable subscribers will finally have the opportunity to sign up for the network’s online streaming service. As of this week, Time Warner Cable customers who subscribe to HBO and Cinemax will have instant access to over 1,400 titles from the HBO catalog and 400 from Cinemax on the web, via computers, iPads, iPhones, and Android phones. The news comes just days after Time Warner Cable launched its beta trial of the service.

Last year, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings named HBO Go as his company’s most feared competitor, observing that “HBO is becoming much more Netflix-like, and we’re becoming much more HBO-like.” The contest has continued to heat up in the new year, with HBO drawing a line in the sand by announcing that it would no longer sell DVDs and Blu-rays directly to the home video giant. As a Time Warner subscriber, I’ve got no plans to quit Netflix anytime soon, but as HBO beefs up its offerings, it’s certainly possible I’ll become less reliant on Netflix over time.

Read Time Warner Cable’s full press release about HBO Go and Max Go after the jump.

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robinhood_posterIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley ring in their 100th episode by discussing piracy, movie adaptations of plotless games and toys, and the plot/casting of Rian Johnson’s upcoming film, Looper. Rian Johnson joins us for this episode, with his unique banjo stylings and photoshop skills. Rian’s episode of Breaking Bad airs this Sunday on AMC at 10 PM EST.

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If you’ve watched any Fox prime time shows in the past few weeks, you were probably privy to (several) public service announcements about big-bad Time Warner being mean to Fox in the playground. The ads portray Time Warner as an evil company that’s trying to keep your favorite TV shows away from you, because they’re just not playing fair. The spat concerns one of the most exciting topics in television: Retransmission fees.

The short of it is that Fox, along with all the other major networks, have historically never charged cable companies for retransmission of their programming. (Charging for retransmission has always been the domain of cable networks like TNT.) But now with advertising revenue falling, Fox is demanding that Time Warner pay up $1 for every subscriber. Time Warner is calling shenanigans on that price, which is as high as cable networks like TNT, and is reportedly making a counter offer under fifty cents.

They’ve been negotiating for weeks now, and things are getting even more heated up now that we’re quickly approaching midnight December 31 deadline. If they can’t work something out, it means that Time Warner customers may see their Fox programming vanish right as they’re celebrating the New Year.

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