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Rupert Murdoch, 21st Century Fox retract Time Warner buyout offer

08/05, 4:58pm

Consolidation deal dead in the water due to alleged non-response

Rupert Murdoch and 21st Century Fox has rescinded its offer for its consolidation deal for Time Warner. Murdoch himself took to the airwaves, blaming Time Warner for the breakdown. He said that "Time Warner management and its board refused to engage with us to explore an offer which was highly compelling."

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Apple TV, Roku getting FXNow with Simpsons World in next 12 months

07/22, 10:40pm

On-demand video service coming to media boxes, contains Simpsons World content

According to news from television writer Jason Lynch, Apple TV and Roku streaming devices will gain the FXNow on-demand service within the next 12 months. The news emerged from today's Fox and the FX Network stop on the Television Critics Association Press Tour. With the new app comes "Simpsons World," a new service that provides streaming of the 522 episodes of the animated television series.

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Murdoch tenders offer to buy Time Warner, proposal rejected

07/16, 9:27am

Move would consolidate Time Warner, 21st Century Fox

Rupert Murdoch and 21st Century Fox have made a bid to buy Time Warner. The deal, said to be worth up to $80 billion, was rejected, but Murdoch is reportedly "determined" to complete the deal -- which would make the combined company a content powerhouse bringing Fox, Fox News, FX, TNT, TBS, HBO, Warner Brothers, and many other studios under one roof.

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Appeals court rejects Fox's attempt to use Aereo ruling against Dish

07/15, 4:21pm

Broadcasting company tried to use Aereo ruling to force a preliminary injunction

Days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of broadcasting companies in the Aereo case, Fox Broadcasting attempted to use the judgment as fuel in a case against Dish Network. Stating that there were large similarities between the devices, Fox believed the defense Dish raised no longer held up. In an opinion from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the judges sitting on the case upheld the lower court's ruling against Fox, as the panel of judges failed to be convinced of the alleged connection.

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Fox Broadcasting using Aereo judgment in appeal against Dish Network

06/30, 3:11pm

Lawyers use ruling to show 'unauthorized transmissions' through Hopper DVR

After the United States Supreme Court ruled against Aereo, effectively ending the company, Fox Broadcasting has been quick to use the ruling in another case, as uncovered by The Guardian. The media company has been waging a war against Dish Network and its Hopper DVR with Dish Anywhere streaming. The case is set for a hearing in the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on July 7 in California.

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Fox denied pre-trial bid to shut down Dish Hopper DVR place shifting

09/23, 8:20pm

Dish pleased about 'consumer choice'-friendly ruling by judge

A ruling by the US District Court for the Central District of California has handed Dish another court victory in just a handful of days regarding its Hopper digital video recorder technology. Fox Broadcasting has been denied a preliminary injunction on the Hopper's "Dish Anywhere" place shifting technology, as well as "Hopper Transfers" which can load DVR content on an iPad or other mobile device.

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Hulu pulled from sale by owners, $750M invested to grow the service

07/12, 3:29pm

Bidders in sale failed to provide high-enough offers for Hulu

Streaming media service Hulu will not be sold to another company, it has revealed. The Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox, and NBCUniversal, the owning companies of the service, have all decided to pull Hulu from potential sale, and instead will be providing another $750 million in investment to grow the service further.

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ESPN, Fox TV apps get support for AT&T U-verse subscribers

05/01, 11:31am

Expands reach of video streaming

Two major TV networks, ESPN and Fox, have updated their iOS apps to support streaming to AT&T U-verse subscribers. WatchESPN provides access to live feeds of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and ESPNU, but only for people who already subscribe to ESPN packages from specific providers. Aside from AT&T, these include Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Midcontinent Communications, Optimum, Time Warner, and Verizon.

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CBS chief executive mulls move to cable in Aereo fight

04/10, 1:17pm

Echoes earlier Fox threat to cease over-the-air broadcasts

CBS is considering a possible move to cable if Aereo continues to operate, following comments from another broadcaster. Chief executive Les Moonves voiced approval of Fox Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey's earlier threat to cease over-the-air broadcasts, though it such an action is unlikely to occur in the first place.

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Briefly: Vodafone 4G in Australia, Fox threat over Aereo

04/08, 2:32pm

Vodafone Australia to roll out 4G coverage in June

Vodafone is to launch its 4G services to Australian customers in June. The initial rollout will see Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Wollongong, Newcastle, and the Gold Coast covered with 4G service, according to ZDNet. Tests on the 4G signal shows it as having a download speed of 80Mbps and an upload of 20Mbps, with a claimed maximum of 150Mbps possible for some customers. Like its competitors, national carriers Telstra and Optus, Vodafone will be keeping its 4G service charges the same as its 3G access, and hopes to have 1,000 4G sites operational by the end of 2013.

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Fox sues Dish again over Hopper with Sling rebroadcasting

02/22, 2:12pm

Broadcaster believes product violates licensing, copyright

After being blocked in its first attempt to legally enjoin Dish Network's Hopper DVR pre-trial, Fox Broadcasting has asked a federal judge to stop customers from "place shifting" video content to smartphones and computers with the new Hopper with Sling. The suit, filed in Los Angeles, demands Dish disable the "rebroadcasting" of all content from the set top box before a trial which has yet to be scheduled.

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Fox denied preliminary injunction against Dish Network

11/07, 7:54pm

Judge: insufficient evidence proving Hopper DVR damaging Fox

Judge Dolly Gee of the US District Court of the Central District of California ruled today that the Dish Network ad-skipping feature and automatic recording feature found in the Hopper digital video recorder system can continue to be sold and marketed. According to the ruling, Fox Broadcasting didn't demonstrate sufficient damages from the features to justify a preliminary injunction before a full trial can take place.

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Fox brings Digital HD movies, TV shows to many platforms

09/18, 11:40am

Fox' Digital HD movies coming to iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, Xbox Live, more

Google was one of many on Tuesday to reveal that it has signed a new deal with Twentieth Century Fox to bring over 600 titles to Google Play and YouTube. Dubbed Digital HD and available on the premium services, the shows and movies will be available to rent or buy, with many in high-definition. The campaign is highlighted by Fox's Prometheus, which can be purchased on Tuesday in HD for just under $15, a full three weeks before it comes out on Blu-ray, DVD, and video-on-demand services.

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New HBO, Fox deal opens path for simultaneous digital sales

08/15, 5:07pm

Could improve movie selection at iTunes, Google Play

HBO and Fox have renewed a rights agreement originally set to expire in 2015, AllThingsD reports. Under the new deal, Fox movies will continue appearing on HBO until 2022. More importantly, however, Fox and HBO officials say that the agreement includes a "softening" of something known as the electronic sell-through window. Previously HBO maintained a strict policy that while it was running a movie for the first time, no one else could sell or rent a title electronically.

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Fox suing another TV streaming service

08/12, 3:04pm

BarryDriller.com now in network crosshairs

Even as broadcast companies battle streaming service Aereo in court over copyright infringement, other similar services are popping up; and Fox is now suing yet another company that streams its broadcasts to mobile devices. BarryDriller.com, playfully named after Barry Diller, TV mogul and Aereo investor, operates in a manner similar to Aereo but is available in more markets. As GigaOm reports, though, the new service appears willing to negotiate with the broadcasters,

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Fox movies become available via iTunes in the Cloud

07/20, 9:42am

Last major studio joins fold

This week's expanded iTunes in the Cloud movie services are also including Fox titles for the first time, users note. While Fox movies have been on sale through iTunes for some time, the option to redownload them via iCloud has been conspicuously absent. Fox was the last major studio holdout, following Universal's arrival in April; extended rights negotiations are likely to blame.

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Australia rules ISPs aren't liable for user infringements

04/20, 12:30pm

Appeal against iiNet rejected 5-0 in High Court

The High Court of Australia has ruled against an appeal filed by major Hollywood studios in a three year-old copyright infringement case. The studios sued Internet service provider iiNet Ltd. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the case was brought on by 32 members of the Australian Federation against Copyright Theft (AFACT) that include Warner Bros., Disney, Fox, and Paramount Pictures, among smaller, independent distributors and TV networks. The court found that iiNet had no responsibility for copyright infringements perpetuated by its customers and had no technical means of preventing it.

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Hulu intros four new original shows

04/19, 7:45pm

Hulu steps up original video content

Hulu used its turn at upfronts for TV content to reveal that it was adding four original shows beyond those teased earlier in the year. The strategy would be headlined by The Awesomes, a superhero comedy show due in 2013 that would draw on Saturday Night Live actors Seth Meyers and Michael Shoemaker. A nearer-term committed show, the 2012 basketball series We Got Next, would have The Game's Hale Rothstein and Kenya Barris along with The Office's Danny Leiner.

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Universal movies reach iTunes in the Cloud

04/07, 5:20pm

Apple gains a studio for cloud video downloads

Apple edged closer to having a complete iTunes in the Cloud on Saturday with previous holdout Universal adding support. Movies from the studio can now be re-downloaded on any device with an Apple ID, or streamed directly to an Apple TV. The expansion adds hundreds or more videos to those from existing supporters like Sony Pictures.

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Netflix drops plans to revive Terra Nova

03/26, 10:40pm

Netflix skips reviving sci-fi series

Netflix has reportedly dropped its possible acquisition of Terra Nova. Sources said that Netflix and Fox's 20th Television were "unable to come to terms," The Hollywood Reporter had heard. It's unclear what had been the point of dispute.

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MegaUpload founder says Hollywood courted his company

03/26, 4:35pm

Kim Dotcom calls indictment MPAA-sponsored

Kim Dotcom, the MegaUpload founder who was arrested and his site shut down by the US government, is now speaking out quite vigorously against the government and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). He stated that Megauplaod wasn't a host for pirates, but instead a legitimate service that was likely shut down for political reasons, TorrentFreak reported. He goes on to call his indictment as being MPAA-sponsored and allegedly has evidence that will prove his innocence.

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Aereo countersues Fox, PBS to keep TV streaming alive

03/20, 4:10pm

Aereo expands countering lawsuits

Aereo on Tuesday grew its countersuits against TV networks to include several more networks. Fox, PBS, Univision, WPIX, and WNET were all targeted under a complaint that wanted the judge to rule that Aereo wasn't violating the networks' copyrights. It had already sued ABC, CBS, and NBCUniversal a week ago.

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UK commission looks into Netflix, LoveFilm as competition

03/14, 11:15am

Good news for BSkyB, deadline extended to July

UK satellite TV service BSkyB was given a reprieve as the Competition Commission pushed back its deadline on ruling that BSkyB's deals with six major Hollywood studios were uncompetitive, according to The Guardian. The government watchdog extended the date of its final ruling to July because it has added Netflix and LoveFilm to its investigation. Netflix launched in the UK and Ireland in January, while LoveFilm recently added a streaming service to its rent-by-mail service.

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Walmart's DVD-to-UltraViolet conversion made official

03/13, 3:35pm

Walmart kicks of UltraViolet service, now in beta

Walmart has officially announced its UltraViolet conversion service, letting users digitize their existing DVD and Blu-ray movies. Viewers will have the ability to bring a movie into one of the more than 3,500 participating stores in the US and have their movies added to a Vudu account, after which they can stream it at any time.

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HBO relents, lets movies sync via iCloud, other services

03/12, 12:20pm

Fox, Universal, WB tapped for initial deals

HBO is relaxing terms on streaming content to services like iCloud, according to a company spokesman. To attract viewers, the cable network regularly buys exclusive rights to movies; these windows usually start six months after a title's disc release, and persist for roughly a year. HBO's terms frequently prevent movies from being sold online or through video-on-demand services during a window.

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Netflix may pick up Terra Nova after Fox drops it

03/08, 10:25am

Netflix may take up discarded Fox show

Netflix may take its strategy of focusing on self-produced content to a new stage by snapping up the Fox TV show Terra Nova, an insider found late Wednesday. The Internet streaming service was said by The Hollywood Reporter to be taking advantage of Fox's decision to shop around the sci-fi series to other networks after its first season. Talks were early, and it wasn't clear how much of a frontrunner Netflix might be.

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iTunes cloud lacks Fox, Universal movies; 3G app cap at 50MB

03/07, 5:00pm

iTunes in the Cloud and 3G App Store get new limit

A studio veteran divulged Wednesday that the iTunes in the Cloud access coming hand-in-hand with the new Apple TV and iTunes 10.6 doesn't include Fox and Universal. Either was tangled in HBO deals that gave the premium cable network brief exclusives that conflicted with the re-download rights, AllThingsD heard. HBO confirmed the issue but expected to find "common ground" that would clear full access.

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Fox, Warner, SanDisk, WD announce Project Phenix for DRM

02/29, 1:15pm

Media on multiple devices, supports UltraViolet

Some of the same studios that developed the the UltraViolet digital standard are launching a new initiative to make content available across multiple devices. SanDisk, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and Western Digital have formed a new working group dubbed the Secure Content Storage Association (SCSA) to develop a new digital rights management (DRM) protocol that would make digital media available across multiple devices and through the cloud. The group will develop the system under the working title "Project Phenix."

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Amazon confirms deal for Viacom video streaming

02/08, 11:40am

Amazon now offers Viacom content, library at 15K+

Amazon on Wednesday officially confirmed earlier rumors that it has inked a deal with cable provider Viacom to bring its TV shows to Amazon's Instant Video streaming service. As part of the deal, Amazon will allow customers to access thousands of episodes from MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Spike, VH1, BET, CMT, and Logo. This will include past seasons of shows like Chappelle's Show, Hot in Cleveland, Jersey Shore, Yo Gabba Gabba, and iCarly, among others.

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Hulu gets more original TV to reduce dependence on networks

01/15, 6:05pm

Hulu starts up own online-only TV series

Hulu followed in Netflix's footsteps Sunday by launching its first fictional, original TV series. Battleground covers a fictional political campaign in Wisconsin and is produced by JD Walsh, 500 Days of Summer's Marc Webb, and Hagai Shaham. It should be followed up by more documentaries, including a second season of Morgan Spurlock's A Day in the Life and Richard Linklater's new Up to Speed.

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Special iTunes edition of Avatar touts live scene breakdowns

12/16, 7:50am

Fox tries iTunes for new Avatar technique

Fox is trying what it claims is a first for take-home movies with an upcoming iTunes Extras Special Edition version of Avatar ($20 pre-order, iTunes). The James Cameron action movie will let viewers see and control simultaneous views of 17 key scenes the movie that include the completed picture, the rough-computer generated framing, and the live motion capture. Green Screen X-ray will also let viewers selectively see the raw live action side of the content just by dragging the "X-ray" over parts of the scene.

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Netflix scores new Arrested Development episodes for 2013

11/18, 8:20pm

Netflix gets lock on Arrested Development return

Fox and Imagine Television confirmed a major deal on Friday to get new episodes of Arrested Development. The agreement outlined by Variety would revive the cult hit TV show starting from early 2013. It reportedly won out in a fierce bidding competition with traditional TV that included Showtime, among others.

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CBS: we turned down Apple streaming TV deal over ad split

11/03, 9:55pm

CBS says Apple planned stream TV with shared cash

CBS chief Les Moonves may have inadvertently confirmed Apple's negotiations for a streaming TV service during the company's fiscal results call. He claimed that CBS had turned down a deal for a service because it would have split ad revenues. The executive didn't give details of what the service would have involved.

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Hulu decides against selling itself off

10/13, 8:15pm

Hulu says studios see it as too valuable

Hulu in a brief note said it had decided to stop its attempted selloff. The statement, which had the support of Disney, investor Providence Equity Partners, and Fox's parent company News Corp., claimed that each of the owners though there was too much of a "unique and compelling strategic value" for each of them to sell. It would instead center on existing plans.

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Yahoo supposedly out of Hulu bidding, Google still in

10/09, 11:55pm

Yahoo rumored jumping ship from Hulu deals

Yahoo is reportedly out of the increasingly uncertain bidding process for Hulu, a claimed leak said late Sunday. The search engine has allegedly been identified by the WSJ sources as the original mystery bidder but also to have exited entirely. The internal turmoil following Carol Bartz' firing and the possibility of a sell-off were attributed to the departure.

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Amazon gets Fox video streaming ahead of Kindle tablet

09/26, 12:30pm

Amazon Instant Video gets big boost from Fox deal

Amazon on Monday scored an important content deal with Fox just ahead of its Kindle tablet event on Wednesday. The deal will give access to recent and classic movies as well as older TV shows. While not getting very current content, it will bring Amazon's content up significantly to 11,000 movies and TV shows.

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Google may have much more ambitious Hulu bid

09/06, 4:30pm

Google may try for very special Hulu bid

Google's bid for Hulu may involve a much more elaborate prospect than anyone else, insiders gave out Tuesday. Amazon, Dish, and Yahoo are all offering conventional bids of up to $2 billion, but Google is now thought to have said "there's enough money" for a much more involved deal. Tips to AllThingsD didn't identify what the intentions were, but the amount was enough that Hulu would have normally thrown it out were it not for the cash involved.

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Fox gives away free TV pilot on iTunes

09/06, 11:00am

Rare exception to restrictive network policies

Fox is doing a rare TV show giveaway on the US iTunes Store, reports note. The network is currently offering the pilot episode of New Girl, a sitcom will only officially premiere on September 28th. Show downloads should remain free until around that date, after which people will have to pay normal iTunes prices. Variety comments that the giveaway may mark only the second time a US broadcaster has given away a complete sneak peek, the first instance being Fox's failed series Lone Star.

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Hulu Plus goes live in Japan

09/01, 1:35am

Hulu Plus now active in Japan

Hulu on cue has launched Hulu Plus for Japan. The country is the first outside of the US to get Hulu and gives it a very different business model. Plus is the only option in the country and costs the equivalent of $19 per month, almost twice as much as the $8 it does in the US.

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Apple quietly drops 99-cent TV show rentals from iTunes [U]

08/26, 5:00pm

Apple sheds mention of TV show rentals

(Update: official explanations) Apple has dropped the 99-cent TV show rentals that it used to launch the second-generation Apple TV. Along with dropping the option from the store itself, the Apple TV product page no longer makes mention of the option. Rentals are now limited to movies, and TV shows are back to being purchase-only.

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Fox's 8-day Hulu delay triggers expected surge in piracy

08/22, 2:00pm

Fox delay of Hulu TV shows results in more piracy

The decision of Fox to start an eight-day TV show delay online has been met with a spike in piracy, TorrentFreak reported. Last Monday, Fox began the eight-day delay on Hulu and its own Fox.com website. Fox hopes to have encouraged viewers to sign up and pay for its programming to watch the TV shows as they air.

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ABC likely to start authentication for 'free' online video

08/16, 2:50pm

ABC working on authenticating online video views

ABC will join Fox in requiring users to log in while viewing online TV content. This solidifies earlier rumors that the Disney-owned network will do this, sources said to AllThingsD. During an earnings call, Disney CEO Bob Iger indicated he back distributing his company's content over nontraditional outlets like Hulu and Netlfix as long as it doesn't disrupt the current relationship with cable companies.

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Disney may also force video behind authentication walls

08/10, 4:30pm

Future Disney deals to require log-in for web TV

Disney is following in the footsteps of the Fox book by requiring online TV show viewers to be pay TV subscribers and log in with a cable ID. According to a Wednesday GigaOM report, the company is working on deals with content distributors to allow this. Thus far, cable networks like CNN and HBO are already requiring such logins.

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iTunes Replay studio deals still largely incomplete

08/08, 8:35am

iTunes Replay may be months off

Talk of iTunes Replay bringing cloud movie streaming might have come too soon. Insiders claimed Monday that Apple didn't have deals with at least four of six major movie studios. Any deal would be months off at best, CNET was told.

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Sony to roll Qriocity mobile service starting August 1

07/29, 9:30am

Qriocity coming to Xperia minis on Monday

Sony on Monday, August 1 will begin the phased roll-out of its Qriocity service for Xperia smartphones. At first, the Xperia mini and Xperia mini pro will get access. Available content to rent or buy will include movies and TV shows from NBC and its partner Universal, Paramount, Sony, Fox, and Warner Bros., in addition to local and more independent studios.

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Fox slows down Hulu with 8-day delay on free viewers

07/26, 7:45pm

Fox demands 8-day delay on Hulu shows

Fox on Tuesday night set out to shelter traditional TV with a long hinted-at plan to delay TV shows on Hulu for non-subscribers. Free viewers will face an eight-day delay for access to Fox TV shows unless they either pay for Hulu Plus or can prove they subscribe to a conventional TV service. Only satellite provider Dish Network is so far cleared to give users same-day access in the strategy, which starts up August 15.

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Fox first to bring movie sideloading to Android

07/21, 3:45pm

Fox to offer digital copies of movies this fall

Fox will become the first movie studio to bring movie downloads to Google's Android platform this October. The first movie will be X-Men: First Class, a digital copy of which Blu-ray disc buyers will be able to download and sideload onto their Android devices. The service will at first be available in the US, the UK, France and Germany.

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Amazon, CBS strike deal for streaming TV shows

07/20, 11:05am

Amazon and CBS deal dampens Hulu buy rumor

Amazon.com and CBS Corporation on Wednesday announced they have entered into a non-exclusive licensing agreement that will let Amazon Prime customers stream CBS TV shows. The deal will see 2,000 additional episodes from 18 CBS TV shows such as The Tudors, Cheers, and the complete Star Trek series collection, among others. Also, later this summer, regular Amazon Instant Video customers will get access to dozens of CBS shows.

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Netflix taking a pass on buying Hulu

07/10, 8:55pm

Netflix and Hulu mutually uninterested in deal

New tips Sunday ruled out Netflix as one of the candidates to buy Hulu. The movie streaming service hasn't been actively involved, sources for the WSJ said. Hulu also reportedly hasn't been actively interested, in part since it would create overlap and reduce the number of suppliers, not increase them.

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Amazon, AT&T, Verizon also exploring buyout of Hulu

07/05, 5:25pm

Hulu talks to Amazon, ATT, Verizon, more

Hulu's shopping itself around also includes Amazon, AT&T, and Verizon, insiders revealed Tuesday. The companies are part of a "short list" that included Microsoft as its first stop last week and will include Yahoo and Google next. AllThingsD's sources didn't learn how Microsoft had reacted but also heard Hulu will bring up the idea to Facebook, Liberty Media, Netflix, and Samsung.

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