Another week, more news. It’s like it never ends. First up is the Roku 2 announcement, which I’ve covered elsewhere. And now, into the rest of the news.
More on the Netflix price hike:
- Netflix’s Bigger Issue Than Price Hikes: Data Caps – Yes
- Netflix Price Hike Tied to Unexpected Demand for Those Little Red Envelopes – Yes. How dare you get DVDs
- What was Hollywood’s role in Netflix price hike? – I’m gonna go with asking for more money
- Netflix’s Streaming Dilemma: Too Fast, Too Cheap, Maybe Out of Control – Netflix is having money flow problems, and DVD was killing them. Sounds familiar.
- Consumers now dislike Netflix as much as Blockbuster – How’d that happen?
The Hulu acquisition dance is taking up significant mindshare. The Apple rumor consumed an outside chunk of the chatter here because, well, it’s Apple. Everything they touch turns to gold. But as for factual reporting, there’s one Bloomberg article that kicked it off followed by 100 “Guess what Bloomberg just said” write-ups and then several layers of conjecture on top of it. No one is adding new information beyond the original article.
- Hulu’s Owners Are Said to Offer Bidders Five-Year Program-Access Guarantee – That’d seal the deal
- Inside Yahoo’s Bid For Hulu – $2 Billion plus content access for 5 years.
- Microsoft Said to Drop Out of Auction for Hulu Online TV Service – Yahoo and Google are the top contenders now.
- Hulu Smiles for the Buyout Camera – More theories on buyers
- Apple Is Said to Consider Making Bid for Hulu Online TV Service – Everyone into the pool
- Apple buying Hulu would be great. Too bad it probably won’t – Hulu doesn’t look like other Apple acquisitions
And everything else:
- Netflix Also Expanding into Australia? – And in 2014, world domination
- Netflix to stream natively from HDMI-equipped tablets – This is just cool
- Fanhattan app selects best in video entertainment – Fanhattan is almost amazing. Almost…
- Connected TVs Will Crush Set-Top Boxes, says CBS Interactive – I replace my TV every 10 years, but my set-top boxes every 2-3. This makes no sense.
- App TV: 2011 Internet services on TVs compared – Good table of TVs that can stream video
- iTunes Store to Offer Some Neat Stuff Later This Year; Apple TV Still A Hobby – Apple promised something interesting coming later this year. Fetch my smelling salts, I feel like I’ll faint.
- Amazon Steps Up Netflix, Hulu Rivalry With CBS TV Accord – Amazon is growing their Prime video offering. Pundits are inferring that Amazon isn’t as interested with Hulu because of this.
- Netflix app on Android updated to work on 24 models including Galaxy S, Droid 3 – Android appears to be a tough platform to deploy to
- Net Neutrality Calls for Balance of Interests – how Net Neutrality plays out will affect streaming video well into the future
- Orb Live update adds Hulu streaming – Orb continues to be the most interesting up-and-comer that’s on my radar.
- 20th Century Fox Aims to Bring Digital Copies of Blu-ray Titles to Android – Nothing says HD like a cell phone
- Dish Network vs. Netflix: It Could Be a Blockbuster Battle – arguing that Dish may try to supplant Netflix
- Cisco Wireless Video Client hits the FCC, targets Roku? – Another Roku upstart. Watch for channels when it’s releases.
- With Competition Like This, Does Amazon.com Need Partners? – Generally arguing that Coinstar (owner of Redbox) is run by idiots
- Charter Gets HBO Go, Viva HBO vs. Netflix – Cable companies are dabbling as well. Should get interesting.
- The Roku 2 Review – From the guys who broke the Roku 2 release story first
- Netflix Said to Be in Talks on Streaming Rights With DreamWorks Animation – Netflix wants to go exclusive. Everybody say cha-ching.
- Apple Chasing Global Content For Tipped 55″ OLED TV – Rumors abound for the end of 2012, which is forever in the consumer electronics business