A new report projects that online video services will overtake box offices in revenue within four years.
Music, TV shows, and movies have all gone digital, and there are a number of streaming services to choose from. But if you’re going to pay for them, you’re going to want to read the fine print. Should you switch from Netflix to Hulu Plus? Is Spotify better than Grooveshark? This infographic breaks down the advantages and disadvantages of different streaming services and provides statistics on how quickly other consumers are adopting new technology.
Hulu Plus is trying something new to lure new customers in Japan—on February 19 they’ll be streaming an upcoming Japanese movie, Sougen no Isu (A Chair on the Plains), before its theatrical release on February 23.
For all you early adopters out there who already have your hands on the Nintendo Wii U, you can now enjoy Hulu Plus on the Wii U console. Hulu announced last night that the service is now available, complete with an integrated second screen experience, thanks to the Wii U’s versatile GamePad controller.
Free YouTube App Released for Nintendo Wii (Mashable)
Nintendo Wii owners now have a new way to access YouTube on their gaming consoles. On its YouTube blog, the company announced Thursday that it’s releasing a YouTube app for Nintendo Wii.
This morning, Hulu introduced a new family friendly section called Hulu Kids. The video streaming site has got lots of great children’s content, from Thomas & Friends to SpongeBob SquarePants and other great content from Nickelodeon, PBS, Lionsgate and more. Now, parents and kids can easily find all of this content in one destination page.
Hulu Plus subscribers that have been anxiously awaiting the launch of Windows 8 this Friday now have something else to look forward to as well—Hulu has been working on a new Hulu Plus app that is optimized for the Windows user interface and it will go public alongside Windows 8 this Friday, October 26.
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Twitter Promotes Patent Peace with Innovator’s Agreement (paidContent)
In a first among major tech companies, Twitter is taking steps to ensure that its patents don’t become fuel for future intellectual property wars. Twitter Blog It is a commitment from Twitter to our employees that patents can only be used for defensive purposes. We will not use the patents from employees’ inventions in offensive litigation without their permission. parislemon Hopefully other startups large and small will follow Twitter’s lead here. It would be really excellent if larger companies (*cough* Yahoo *cough*) did as well, but it’s hard to see that happening given the current state of things. This is a movement that will have to start from the ground up. AllTwitter Those “in the know” when it comes to patent law seem to approve. VentureBeat The Innovator’s Patent Agreement will take effect later this year; you can read the whole thing on GitHub. Read more
Hulu Plus users with Android tablets will be happy to hear that the service is now available on seven android tablets, complete with a brand new interface.
Hulu Plus members, I hope you’ve got some free time this weekend because approximately two hundred PBS episodes have now been added to the service, including episodes from Ken Burns library, PBS Kids series like Arthur and Wild Kratts and more.