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Hulu snags The Bridge

Hulu has acquired The Bridge from Shine International. The US streaming service will make the series, a US remake of hit Scandi drama The Bridge, available on its premium Hulu Plus service. The full series will be on the subscription Hulu Plus service from June 9, with selected episodes on the free Hulu service. Shine, […]

Amazon takes on Apple, Roku with Fire TV launch

Amazon has launched its much-anticipated TV streaming device, Amazon Fire TV, taking on the likes of Apple TV and Roku with its own internet-connect set-top. Available to order now in the US, the small US$99 box makes it easy for viewers to access Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service from their TVs – as well services […]

CBS posts best ever full-year results

US broadcaster CBS has posted full-year revenue of US$15.28 billion, 6% higher than the 2013 total and its best ever yearly performance. CBS said the growth reflected increases in revenue across the board and that content licensing and distribution increased 15% year-on-year. Operating income before depreciation and amortisation rose 7% on 2012 to US$3.26 billion, […]

CBS deal is Elementary for Hulu

Hulu Plus has taken subscription video on demand rights to Sherlock Holmes-inspired US drama Elementary. The deal give the US streaming site’s premium service all seasons and episodes of the drama after they have aired on the CBS broadcast network. The show is produced and distributed by CBS, which has already shopped series including The […]

Hulu confirms CEO hire, Forssell to leave the company

US video-on-demand site Hulu has confirmed the appointment of Fox Networks executive Mike Hopkins as its new CEO. In a statement, Hulu said that interim chief executive Andy Forssell, who has led the company since Jason Kilar’s departure in March, will leave the company. The news comes a week after Hulu was reported to be […]

Hulu inks Henson deal, adds Fraggles

US streaming and catch-up service Hulu has inked a deal with The Jim Henson Company for iconic kids series including The Fraggles. The shows will air in a branded Jim Henson Family TV section on Hulu Kids. They are available commercial free on the Hulu Plus premium service. Four seasons, or 96 episodes, of the […]

Hulu buys animated series Fugget About It

Hulu has picked up exclusive rights to animated series Fugget About It. The US streaming service has picked up the show from Canada-based 9 Story Entertainment. The adult-skewed series follows a gangster in the witness protection programme. It was originally made for Canadian broadcaster Teletoon’s Night Pilot Project and now stretches to two seasons. 9 […]

Netflix ‘not cannibalising traditional TV’, says TiVo study

Over-the-top video service Netflix is not cannibalising traditional TV viewing, according to a new study by DVR maker TiVo. The research, carried out by TiVo’s Research and Analytics subsidiary, found that there was “no significant difference in the amount of traditional TV viewing” between Netflix and non-Netflix households in the US, with neither group differing […]

Eisner: Hulu buyer will lose next-day rights

Former Disney chairman Michael Eisner has predicted the victor in the battle to buy US streaming service Hulu will lose the prized next-day rights it currently offers. Speaking to Bloomberg Television yesterday, Eisner revealed that he had considered making an offer for the US$1 billion-valued platform but decided against the risk the company potentially comes […]

Netflix continues to dominate SVOD space

Netflix accounted for 90% of subscription video streams in the US in the first quarter of the year, according to NPD stats. The research firm said that though this was down four percentage points on last year, the total number of viewers watching TV shows using SVOD services increased 34% year-on-year. NPD said that in […]