Hulu, It’s Better Than Hulu

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Hulu, It’s Better Than Hulu
Number 76
Broadcast Date June 22, 2015
Episode Length 1:03:13
Hosts Justin Robert Young, Tom Merritt
Guests Fraser Cain

PlayStation overplays the a la carte hand, Roku’s ads get in your head, what Bill Simmons should do.

Guest

Intro Video

Primary Target

Sony announced PlayStation Vue now in LA and San Francisco (+Chi, NYC, Philly)
Packages start at $50
Got very enthused about offering a la carte channels.
Starting in July Showtime ($11) Fox Soccer Plus ($15) Machinima ($4)
PS-Plus subscribers get a $2 discount on each channel
Sling TV adding channels
To Core Package
Polaris+ (online gaming, comic and pop culture from Maker)
Hollywood Extra Package
Turner Classic Movies

Signals Intelligence

Hulu officially changed the name of Hulu Plus to Hulu
So now if you’re watching the free version which used to be called Hulu it is still called Hulu
But if you’re watching the paid version of Hulu which used to be called Hulu Plus it is now also called Hulu
This was done to eliminate confusion.

Gear Up

Roku and Innovid partnering on interactive ads
Games, quizzes, videos
Personalized using data (location, demograpchis)
CBS (CBS News, CBS Sports, CNET, GameSpot), Vevo and Crackle are early partners
Roku SDK will now include Innovid as part of the Roku Ad Framework
Results in extended time spent with ads. Doubled the preroll
Soon can extend ad across devices. Movies times sent to smartphone for instance by SMS
Reminders about show airings

Front Lines

YouTube newswire is a partnership with Storify to make it easier to access verified eyewitness videos. It will feature both global and regional feeds, and will be available on YouTube.com/newswire, on Twitter, and as an email newsletter. Its feed will include videos focused on news, weather and politics.
Vessel, the video subscription service has an open beta of their Android app now available on the Google Play store. Works on any Android 4.1 or later device. Vessel claims creators are earning more than $50 per thousand views
Bill Simmons is reportedly talking to HBO although he’s supposedly also talking to Fox Sports and considering an independent operation.
TechCrunch has an oddly vague writeup on an 18-month old French company called Molotov which claims to have found a new way to watch TV. They call it a virtual TV provider. They describe it as Spotify, Deezer, or Netflix for regular TV. It works on TV, laptop phone and tablet and will enter beta this summer.
Cablevision’s CEO James Dolan, speaking to an audience of investors hosted by Guggenheim Partners said the number of people who pay for cable bundles could drop by as much as 25% over the next 5 years.

Under Surveillance

Starz has greenlighted a season of American Gods written and produced by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Michael Green (The River, Heroes). Production begins once Shadow Moon is cast.
Aaron Paul will be the lead in a Hulu show coming this winter called The Way. It’s from Jason Katims (FNL, Parenthood) Paul will play a member of a controversial faith group struggling with disillusionment and ennui.

Dispatches From The Front

It's the story of Steven Quartz Universe, an 11 year old boy whose parents are Greg Universe, a former rock musician who now runs a carwash and lives in his van, and Rose Quartz, an immortal alien hero who protected the Earth for thousands of years before giving up her physical form to bring Steven into the world. It follows Steven as he tries to grow into his mother's legacy and join The Crystal Gems, Earth's protectors (who are also his three moms). The series is the creation of Rebecca Sugar, who was responsible for the best episodes (and songs) of Adventure Time before she left that show to create this one.


The first 35 episodes are available on Hulu Plus and all eps to date can be bought from the major online marketplaces.

-Rob




I was a little disappointed at how negative you guys were about Tivo adding streaming access through web browsers on local computers. Ok, I get it, I'd also like to be able to open my laptop on vacation and bring up my recordings. Who knows, maybe they'll add that, but for now I'm happy that I can at least do that within my own home.


-Matt

Sterling, VA



First review of TiVo Online: not only does it make you login to your tivo account AND your cable company account, it just plain doesn’t work. Not tonight, not here. I’ve been waiting to stream a video I know is on my TiVo, the latest Big Bang Theory, for like 10 minutes so far. Silly spinning wheel is all I get. I don’t see this becoming a habit quickly.

-Whistl




Just a Sling tv tip.

As we know Sling TV offers ESPN and ESPN2. You can download the 'Watch Espn' app and login with the Sling TV credentials and watch ESPN3 programming.

I was able to watch the NBA finals on ESPN3 too.

-Ryan in Iowa


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Preceded by:
"9PM is the New 3AM"
Hulu, It’s Better Than Hulu
Followed by:
"We’re Pirates on Moon"