legospaceship asks: Don’t you think it’s a non issue, ultimately? Can you see the core of their streaming business going anywhere? I don’t see any other folks in the space being able to rise up and challenge them right now unless i am missing something.
» SFB says: I wouldn’t be so sure it’s a complete non-issue. This isn’t to say they’re going away anytime soon, but they’ve lost nearly three quarters of their market value in just a few months — that could lead to a change at the top. They’ve hurt their customer relations pretty severely in that time, and while they can get it back eventually, they’re starting fo face more difficult factors which could hurt their business over time. The costs for their streaming business are rising. There’s a chance they’ll see some significant competition in the next year or two (Dish Network and Hulu are each currently in the midst of an upswing, and Dish has content deals comparable to Netflix, including the Starz deal Netflix is losing). The real question is, can they bounce back? — Ernie @ SFB
» We don’t know how to feel about this: While we appreciate the fact that Google might make “The Daily Show” happen on YouTube with a buyout like this (though Viacom has pulled their shows from Hulu in the past), if it actually happens, it runs directly into a wall of regulatory scrutiny — as Google’s been feeling the heat lately. While YouTube and Hulu aren’t the only games in town (hi Netflix and Vimeo), together they’re big enough that it would deserve some regulatory scrutiny if it actually happens.
» Will this be enough? It’s too early to tell, but the Justice Department’s restrictions on Hulu essentially put Comcast in a position of wanting Hulu to succeed, because they won’t be able to sabotage it directly, but their money is still backing it. Comcast’s Executive Vice President David Cohen put it like so: “We continue to have an interest in the growth and advancement of Hulu …and we obviously prefer to maintain our ownership position and our partnership with our content.” Let’s see if this is what actually happens. (thanks popculturebrain)
You can’t be serious. it’s like you’re hiding this. Banksy’s “Simpsons” couch sequence has been the talk of the Web all day. It packs a visceral effect that wears off after the first time, but it mainly works because it’s so out of left field – even for the Simpsons. Anyway, the video that everyone was linking from a YouTube channel called “banksyfilm” – you know, Banksy’s own account. Now it’s been taken down for copyright reasons and people have been told to watch it on Hulu, which, besides the country restrictions, is annoying because they initially didn’t even have the Banksy intro pulled out as a clip. The effect feels akin to censorship, considering the very viral subject matter can no longer be viewed in Asia. (Fortunately, we found another version.) source