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Hulu may curb service with more authentication

04/30, 3:10pm

Hulu may shift wholesale to requiring TV service

Hulu may remove itself from contention as a pure Internet video service based on rumors overnight. The historically connected New York Post cited insiders who claimed the service would take the Fox authentication strategy, where customers must prove they have conventional TV access, and make it a broader policy. Fox's deal would see it soon talk to Comcast for a deal using the TV Everywhere imitative.

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MLB, Comcast, HBO Go reach Xbox 360, media use passes games

03/27, 10:00am

MLB joins cable on Xbox 360

Microsoft took its promised Comcast Xfinity TV and HBO Go support live on the Xbox 360 Tuesday with the extra addition of MLB.tv. Akin to the ESPN app, it gives users the option of watching live and on-demand events, albeit live only for out-of-market games. Kinect owners have the extra advantage of motion and voice commands that can sometimes speed up the action.

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Xbox 360's Comcast, HBO Go streaming switches on Tuesday

03/26, 7:55pm

Comcast and HBO get long awaited Xbox 360 apps

The long-expected Xbox 360 apps for Comcast's Xfinity TV and HBO Go should go live on Tuesday. Tips sent to GigaOm were short on details, but it's believed the HBO app was going live to make sure it was ready for the Game of Thrones second season premiere on April 1, as hinted by studio co-president Eric Kessler. Comcast's timing wasn't explained, but might be following the same reasoning.

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Comcast Xfinity TV for Xbox 360 reaches beta with no cap hit

03/23, 7:55pm

Xfinity TV on Xbox 360 near ready

Comcast has slipped out through a support page that it's currently beta testing its Xfinity TV app for the Xbox 360. The service as it stands will give Comcast subscribers who sign in access to a large but incomplete pick of Comcast's usual access. It should include the four core broadcasters and build in major premium providers like HBO, The Movie Channel, and Comcast's own Streampix, but it won't have many mid-tier TV networks.

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Comcast dismisses idea of teaming with Netflix

03/09, 2:25pm

Comcast won't bring Netflix to its portfolio

Despite recent reports that Netflix is in talks with cable providers on some form of partnership, Comcast has gone on record to say it has no interest in such a deal. It won't add the service to its Xfinity subscribers as an on-demand offering or part of its billing service on any device, claims a New York Times report. Netflix believes it could be offered by major cable providers as a premium offering.

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Netflix talking to cable TV providers for set-top deals

03/06, 7:35pm

Netflix may make deals to weave into cable TV

Fresh leaks have hinted that Netflix is talking directly to cable TV providers to make itself an add-on service. Multiple Reuters informants had Netflix negotiating to become an on-demand, paid extra for TV service. One provider would be ready to provide Netflix before the end of 2012 if cleared quickly.

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Comcast Streampix coming to counter Netflix, iTunes

02/21, 1:50pm

Comcast tries Internet VOD to fend off rivals

Comcast on Tuesday tried its hand at mitigating the impact of Internet video on traditional TV by launching Streampix. The service will include a mix of movies and TV shows across its own NBCUniversal as well as Disney, Sony, and Warner Bros. Access won't be confined to Comcast's own network and should include mobile and computer access to some content that would normally go through Comcast's traditional video on demand.

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