Hulu Update For Android App Offers Free Streaming

The Hulu app for mobile devices is of no use to anyone, unless they pay the $8 per month for the Hulu Plus service. But today Hulu have announced that a new Android update will offer a selection of free content. With a couple of exceptions the app will offer the free Hulu service on mobile devices.

Hulu-mobile-appThe move was announced by Hulu back in May,  and will currently will work on Android smartphone and tablets only. The update offers mobile users selected free episodes and content from Network shows from NBC, Fox, and Comedy Central as well as Hulu Originals, Anime, Kids, Movies and Latino.

For viewers that still want whole seasons and full access to the Hulu back catalog, then signing up to the premium Hulu Plus subscription service is the way to go. And conveniently Hulu have that option staring you in the face from within the app.

But any free content for mobiles is a great bit of news. No dates have been given for an iOS version, but it cannot be too far away. Android users can download the updated app from the Google Play Store.

Television Losing Entertainment Top Ranking To The Internet

Consumers looking to be entertained are increasingly switching off the TV, and instead logging in to online entertainment says a new survey. The survey taken by Deloitte in Australia, shows that the country is reached the ‘digital tipping point’ and that digital has finally ‘come of age’.

TV entertainmentThe survey of 2300 respondents showed that the internet ranks in their top three entertainment sources, 18% of respondents say they make use of catch-up TV services such as ABC iView and Foxtel Go to watch shows, and that 80% say they multitask on devices whilst watching the TV.

At the current rate of growth, and within the next 12 months online will ­overtake the TV as the preferred source of entertainment. A recent connected life TV survey came up with similar findings.

The Deloitte Media ­Consumer ­Survey shows that Pay TV is not being cut at a greater rate with cancellations at a steady 4%, but that consumers are using the internet more as a supplement to their entertainment needs. 25% of Australians are planning to subscribe to an online ­television ­service in the next year.

Binge viewing on TV show sis also a massively growing trend, as people move to the web to view TV. 70% of respondents said they have watched over three episodes in one viewing session. Social media is also a big part of peoples daily lives, with 54% saying they post daily, a rise of 170% on 2013 stats.

Speaking about the survey, Deloitte’s Niki Alcorn said, “Our findings on what we use, where we use it and how, all show that Australians are increasingly sophisticated and savvy when it comes to digital.”

Manhattan Coming To Hulu

Hulu has picked up the streaming rights to WGN America‘s new historical drama, Manhattan. The streaming company revealed that the entire 13 episodes of the first season will be available on the pay-to-view Hulu Plus platform.

MAnhattanManhattan made its debut last Sunday and will become available to stream on Hulu Plus from Monday. Each episode will then become available weekly, and the entire season can be viewed as soon as it finishes airing on TV. For those that do not subscribe, the five most recent episodes will also be available on the free Hulu service, but the latest episode will not be available until 3 days after airing.

Manhattan is set in the 1940′s in WWII America in a town who’s very existence is classified. The federal government has set up a top secret project to research the first atomic weapons, and the military and scientists who inhabit the community keep secrets from each other.

The deal will be the first time that Hulu has secured streaming rights to a TV series before it even airs. Speaking about the deal, Senior Vice President and Head of Content at Hulu, Craig Erwich said, “After seeing the episodes, and enjoying every minute, I knew this series represented the kind of high-quality, addictive programming that we strive to bring to Hulu. That’s why this deal marks the first time that Hulu has committed to a series before a single episode had even aired.”

For Lionsgate, President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution, Jim Packer said, “We’re delighted to extend a partnership with Hulu that should help further expand the audience for this deserving show. We believe that this innovative arrangement will be a win/win/win for Lionsgate, our partners and, most of all, our audiences.”

Netflix Peering Agreement With AT&T To Bring Faster Streaming

Netflix have made an agreement with AT&T that will both improve streaming and reduce buffering for AT&T subscribers that use the online TV company. The ‘peering’ or ‘interconnection’ deal will give the Netflix service direct access to the AT&T network.

AT&TAlthough Netflix have made it clear that they oppose having to pay to get their content delivered, they have embarked on a strategy of paying for direct access to certain US Internet service providers. The company have already signed deals with both Comcast and Verizon to achieve the same result.

The ISP’s have been accused of ‘throttling’ or ‘data capping‘ the download speeds for services such as Netflix and Google owned Youtube. Both companies supply video quality reports showing the speed of different ISP’s. You can view them from the following links, Netflix and YouTube.

AT&T said of the deal in a statement, “We reached an interconnect agreement with Netflix in May and since then have been working together to provision additional interconnect capacity to improve the viewing experience for our mutual subscribers. We’re now beginning to turn up the connections, a process that should be complete in the coming days.”

Although Netflix have made clear it is not happy having to pay broadband providers to deliver its content at a decent speed, the providers argue that Netflix should help with the costs as they are responsible for a massive amount of data used for video traffic across the networks. Although Netflix are paying up, they have asked the Federal Communications Commission to review the broadband market.

Sarah Palin Launches Online Alternative News Channel

The former 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and Alaskan governor, Sarah Palin has launched an online alternative news channel called originally enough, the Sarah Palin Channel.

sarah-palinThe channel is subscription based costing $9.95 monthly or $99.95 annually is, “A news channel that really is a lot more than news,” said Palin, adding, “This is a community where we’re going to be able to share ideas and discuss the issues of the day. And we’re going to find solutions.”

As part of her video intro she says that she wants a dialogue with her subscribers saying, “I want you to talk directly to me. That’s what I’m most anxious about — hearing from you. Together, we’ll go around the sound bites and cut through the media’s politically correct filter.”

Palin will use the channel to target the mainstream media, saying, “We’ll go directly to the root of the problems confronting America. We’ll talk about the issues that the mainstream media won’t talk about. We’ll look at the ideas that I think Washington doesn’t want you to hear.”

Seinfeld Could Be Heading To Netflix

Cult comedy Seinfeld could be heading for an all out binge to end them all re-run on Netflix says show creator, Jerry Seinfeld. He revealed that  he is in discussions with the streaming giant to bring classic Nineties sitcom onto the web.

seinfeldThe comedy show ran for nine seasons between 1989-1998, and has enjoyed constant re-runs and syndication on various TV channels, but has never been available for streaming, until now?

Jerry Seinfeld was asked the question about becoming a Netflix show during a  Reddit Ask Me Anything session, and he confirmed that “conversations were currently taking place.”

So fans and potential fans of the show may be able to look forward to 180 episodes, although Seinfeld couldn’t have done it just for the money. The show  is said to have already made creators Seinfeld and Larry David over $3 billion in syndication fees.