Thursday, September 3, 2015
  • Hulu Starts Up Ad-Free Service

    Premium digital video platform Hulu will join the ranks of subscription video on demand, like competitor Netflix, in providing an advertising-free supported service. The new service will cost $11.99 a month -- more than the lowest $8 a month fee a Netflix charges for its advertising-free SVOD service. ...Read the whole story

  • CBS To Stream 6 NFL Games, No Authentication Needed

    CBS says the streams will be available on tablets, laptops and desktops and on some connected devices including Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast, with no authentication necessary. Three of the games are NFL AFC playoff contests, and as previously announced, the Super Bowl. ...Read the whole story

  • Judge Overturns Brady's NFL Suspension

    One of the NFL's major TV attractions -- Tom Brady -- doesn't appear to be losing any TV time for the upcoming season. A Federal judge has overturned the four-game suspension handed to New England Patriots quarterback, the Associated Press reported. The suspension was imposed by the National Football League after the so-called Deflategate scandal. ...Read the whole story

Around The Net

  • An Early Look At Comcast's Streaming Video ServiceVariety

    Variety is giving us a sneak peek at Comcast’s soon-to-launch streaming video service, Watchable. By the look of things, “Comcast is positioning Watchable as a kind of mix between YouTube and Hulu,” it writes. “Watchable’s content is clearly Internet-native, but it’s presented without the clutter of a site focused on user-generated content.”  ...Read the whole story

  • Comcast Defends New $30 Surcharge For Unlimited Data DSLReports

    This week, Comcast told some Florida residents that they would now have data caps of 300GB, but could pay an extra $30 a month for unlimited data. After DSLReports wrote about the news, the company defended the new pricing as "part of our ongoing effort to create a fair, technologically-sound policy in which customers who use more data pay more, and customers who use less pay less." DSLReports' Karl Bode disagrees. "Comcast's usage caps are effectively a price hike, and price hikes are only easily deployed in a market that lacks serious competition," he writes. "In short, Comcast's taking advantage ... ...Read the whole story

Hulu Offering A New Ad-Free Version (No, Not Hulu Plus)

"Many of our customers have asked for a commercial-free option," said Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins. But it's more expensive than Netflix. ...More

  • Half of Internet Homes Own Connected TV

    Over-the-top services are playing nicely with traditional TV. About 40% of Internet users have both pay TV and an over-the-top service, while 42% have pay TV only, and 11% have pledged their allegiance to over-the-top alone. ...More