No More Daily Show Or Colbert Report On Hulu

No More Daily Show Or Colbert Report On Hulu

The New York Times is reporting that Viacom plans to pull its Comedy Central programming from Hulu next week because it can’t reach an agreement with the video site on compensation. In a post today on its blog, a Hulu executive notes that Hulu was “unable to secure the rights to extend these shows,” and that they’ll be gone as of 11:59 pm PST next Tuesday, March 9th. After that, you can continue watching them on TheDailyShow.com and ColbertNation.com. [More]

Quick, Someone Develop Adblock For Online TV Commercials

Quick, Someone Develop Adblock For Online TV Commercials

The ratings company Nielsen–the company you can blame for bad stunt-casting and stupid plot devices during sweeps week–is going to start rolling in data from online viewings of commercials this fall, which means networks will start using online viewing stats to help sell ads this time next year. What this means: if a network uses the new Nielsen rating system, “shows seen online will have to have the same group of commercials that run on TV,” reports AdAge. [More]

Netflix Streaming Finally Coming To The Wii

Netflix Streaming Finally Coming To The Wii

Those of you with the Wii will no longer be left out of the Netflix streaming party. The service is coming to the console this spring. [More]

Apple Buys Lala

Apple Buys Lala

Lala, the music streaming/backup service that’s also a reasonably priced mp3 store, has been purchased by Apple. Does this mean Apple may introduce some sort of streaming service in the future? On Lala, you can pay 10 cents per song to stream it as much as you want, or $.99-1.29 to own it outright. At any rate, if you buy from Lala now, you’re buying from Apple. [More]

Streaming Cable Content: For Comcast Subscribers Only

Streaming Cable Content: For Comcast Subscribers Only

Yesterday’s news that Hulu soon plans to start charging for its service actually came fresh on the heels of Comcast’s announcement that it’s about to officially launch online streaming video for subscribers to both their cable TV and Internet services.

Roku Steps Up To The Plate, Becomes Major League Baseball Periscope

Roku Steps Up To The Plate, Becomes Major League Baseball Periscope

Roku has swung and seemingly connected a hard technological line drive that’s headed out of the ballpark, having forged a deal with Major League Ball that allows those with an MLB.tv subscription to stream games through the set-top box — previously a Netflix-streaming machine — to Tvs.

Cable Providers Stream Shows Online, Require Subscriber Authentication

Cable Providers Stream Shows Online, Require Subscriber Authentication

How are cable providers reacting to the threat posed by online streaming of shows? Forget bandwidth caps for now—how about online access to cable programs, limited to cable subscribers?

New Sirius XM App For iPhone Missing All The Good Stuff

New Sirius XM App For iPhone Missing All The Good Stuff

The new “premium” (their word) iPhone app from Sirius XM will cost $2.99 a month for customers who aren’t already subscribers. It also doesn’t include Howard Stern, MLB Play-by-Play, NFL Play-by-Play and Sirius Nascar Radio. Sirius blames licensing issues for most of the missing content, but not for the absence of Howard Stern, about which it won’t comment.

It's Rarely Sunny On Hulu Anymore

It's Rarely Sunny On Hulu Anymore

Those online TV show streaming sites — they grow up so fast! Hulu, which Fox and NBC launched barely more than two years ago, has vaulted into the top echelon of streaming sites and red-rovered Disney and its property, ABC, on over.

Qwest Says It's Throttling Customer's Online Video Streaming, Then Says It's Not

Qwest Says It's Throttling Customer's Online Video Streaming, Then Says It's Not

Update: It turns out the problem is with OpenDNS, not Qwest. The original post is below.

Sirius Streaming Radio Not Working For Some Customers

Sirius Streaming Radio Not Working For Some Customers

Sirus-XM charges for access to its Sirius Music Player, but for the past few days, some customers can’t get it to work. One of them in this forum says it only connects after Howard Stern is over, and speculates that some cost-cutting measures have reduced available bandwidth, leading to locked-out customers. In another thread customers are complaining that popular third-party streaming radio services have been sent cease-and-desist letters from Sirius, further limiting access to streaming Sirius programming online. Naturally, Sirius-XM hasn’t responded to customer queries about the issue.

A Glimpse Into The Future Of Broadband With Time Warner Cable

A Glimpse Into The Future Of Broadband With Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable is running a pilot program in Texas where they’re metering your bandwidth usage and charging extra if you exceed your monthly allotment. This also gives them the opportunity to create a tiered system where you pay more for more bandwidth. Richard is a TWC Texas customer, and his story is a good example of how things work in a tiered, metered system like this. The bottom line: if metered broadband comes to your area, get used to paying extra to take advantage of things like Hulu (which is free) or Netflix video streaming (which you already pay for).

Say Goodbye To Pandora?

Say Goodbye To Pandora?

When SoundExchange, the organization that represents many labels and artists, proposed steep new royalty rates for radio webcasters last year, they shortsightedly killed off their own revenue stream. Instead of their proposed rates being cut back as part of a standard negotiation, they were surprised to see the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board reject opposing arguments and adopt SoundExchange’s rates fully. Now Pandora, the popular streaming music site, says it’s paying over 70% of its revenue in royalties, and unless Washington changes the rates soon—which looks unlikely— they will have to shut down.

http://consumerist.com/2008/07/16/if-youre-a-fan-of/

If you’re a fan of Joss Whedon (or Nathan Fillion or Neil Patrick Harris or Felicia Day), you can watch Whedon’s new online-only supervillain musical for free until July 20th. [BusinessWeek]

http://consumerist.com/2008/03/25/netflix-has-been-asking/

Netflix has been asking its members about their Xbox 360 usage habits as it considers whether to stream movie rentals over the device. Are you a Netflix subscriber who owns a 360? Were you surveyed?

Last.fm Offers Free Streaming Albums And Tracks

Last.fm Offers Free Streaming Albums And Tracks

The popular music site Last.fm announced today that beginning immediately, you can listen to entire music tracks and full-length albums for free. Previously, you could only hear excerpts of most tracks, which made Last.fm a great place for discovering new artists but a rotten one for actually listening to them. The site is taking a Flickr-style approach to its new service, offering a free version—you can listen to a track up to three times—and a forthcoming subscription service which will allow for unlimited streaming. This sounds good, but we’re curious about the three-listen limit, and how frequently that count is reset, if ever.