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Briefly: NFL Mobile app launches, Lovefilm gains kid-friendly content

08/05, 12:49pm

Cross-platform NFL Mobile app offers news updates, limited video streams

The NFL is introducing its new mobile app for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. The revised cross-platform app will provide news, video highlights and other game data, with Verizon customers paying $5 per month being able to watch selected full games through the device and view extra RedZone content, according to All Things D. Other users with subscriptions to certain pay TV services can also gain access to certain types of content, though the Wall Street Journal reports that current rights allocations to companies will be shaken up next year.

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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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Briefly: Amazon Video, Evernote iOS, Google Button

08/24, 4:24pm

Amazon adds Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, others to Prime Instant Video

Amazon has made a deal with NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution to expand its streaming catalog. Hundreds of TV episodes will be available to stream through Prime Instant Video, including Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, Parenthood, and Parks and Recreation, in addition to the existing 22,000 movies and TV shows already on the service. Further content expansion in the future has also been hinted at.

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Comcast investigated by FCC for violation of merger terms

06/28, 1:45am

Comcast pays $800,000 'voluntary' fee to FCC

Comcast has reached a deal with federal regulators to settle an investigation into the company's compliance with terms of the NBCUniversal merger. A payment of $800,000 must be made by Comcast, as well as starting an advertising campaign pushing inexpensive and "reasonably fast" Internet connectivity to customers who don't subscribe to Comcast cable's television services. Comcast claims to have done nothing wrong, and is making the payment "voluntarily."

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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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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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FCC nominations bring back 3-2 Democrat split

10/31, 10:00pm

FCC picks Pai and Rosenworcel for FCC spots

The Obama administration late Monday nominated replacements for outgoing FCC commissioners Meredith Atwell Baker and Michael Copps that will keep the 3-2 split in favor of Democrats. Baker will be replaced by Ajit Varadaraj Pai, a Republican partner at law firm Jenner & Block as well as a veteran of the FCC general counsel. Copps will be replaced by Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel, is currently Senator Rockefeller's telecom counsel and one of Copps' former aides.

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Google rumored still trying to buy Hulu

10/14, 6:30pm

Hulu still talking to Google on sale?

With yesterday's report that Hulu is no longer for sale, a new report from SAI sources suggests it's still considering a sale to Google. Google did make the largest bid for the streaming service, though it also wanted concessions that Hulu wasn't willing to make. Google's bid, at about $4 billion, was more than twice as big as Dish Network's $2 billion.

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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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Time Warner Cable said buying Insight for $3b

08/14, 10:35pm

TWC to reduce competition with Insight deal

Time Warner is about to try and consolidate the cable industry further by buying Insight, a last-minute leak brought out Sunday night. The deal would buy Insight out from the Carlyle Groupe for $3 billion and absorb the cable provider's debts. Final bidding had wrapped up at the start of the July, WSJ said, and the new deal was just Insight reaching a promised target of picking a winning buyer within a month's time.

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Amazon lands deal for streaming Universal movies

07/28, 6:15pm

Offered free to Amazon Prime customers

Amazon has come to an agreement with NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution to stream movies to its customers. Under the terms of the digital video licensing agreement, Amazon will now have access to selected movies distributed by the entertainment giant. The online retailer will be offering its Amazon Prime members the streamed motion pictures at no additional cost through its Prime Instant Video service.

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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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Apple among those considering buying Hulu

07/21, 8:00pm

Apple included in early Hulu bidding rounds

Apple is one of those considering making a bid for Hulu, a pair of sources claimed Thursday. The company is supposedly in "early talks" that could lead to a buyout if all went well. It wasn't clear from Bloomberg tips what stage of the bidding process Apple had reached or how serious Apple's intentions were.

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Yahoo rumored willing to buy Hulu for four-year exclusive

07/19, 5:25pm

May offer up to $2 billion

Yahoo's interest in purchasing Hulu may be reigniting. SAI reports that if Hulu's current owners are willing to guarantee four or five years of exclusive access to content, then Yahoo might be interested in paying up to $2 billion for the streaming content provider. Neither Hulu, its owners, or Yahoo have commented.

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Netflix gets key renewal from NBCUniversal for TV shows

07/13, 3:30pm

Netflix keeps up NBCUniversal TV deals

Netflix on Wednesday landed a crucial renewal of a deal with NBCUniversal. The deal gives it access to much of the movie and TV studio's back catalog as well as more recent shows. Netflix didn't say how much it paid for the rights.

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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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Disney chief says Hulu committed to selling itself

07/06, 3:35pm

No time frame given for sale

For the past few weeks, rumors have swirled around the possible sale of Hulu. Today, Disney CEO Bob Igor confirmed that Disney, NBCUniversal and News Corp., the TV streaming service's owners are indeed looking to sell off. Igor declined to provide a timeframe for a deal or to hint who might be the acquirer.

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