Netflix signs content deal to stream CW shows

Following last week’s big agreement to stream AMC’s acclaimed TV shows, Netflix has secured another TV deal, this one with CBS and Warner Bros. to stream previous seasons of CW shows such as The Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl in the U.S.


Yahoo rebrands its video site as Yahoo Screen, adds 8 original programs

Although Yahoo is in turmoil after the ouster of CEO Carol Bartz, the company is still continuing to release digital products and trying to innovate. The company on Tuesday launched a new video site called Yahoo Screen that it will use to launch eight new original web shows and polish its overall video offerings.


Hulu launches $19-a-month premium streaming in Japan

Hulu may soon be snapped up in an acquisition, but in the meantime the company is continuing to expand its presence. On Thursday, the streaming video service launched a premium service in Japan that offers full-length movies and complete seasons of TV shows.

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Spotify to give away free music with no caps for 6 months

With an invite to Spotify’s just-launched music service, people in the United States can now listen to 15 million songs on their computers for six months, for free. Now go tell your family and friends, because that’s exactly what European music service Spotify wants you to do.

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Hulu gets ready to put itself up for sale

Hulu is retaining investment banking firms Morgan Stanley and Guggenheim Partners to facilitate a potential sale of the company. Prospective bidders were notified today that the sale process will begin about two weeks from now, according to information from anonymous sources in correspondence with the L.A. Times.


Hulu for sale? Company mulls offer from undisclosed bidder.

Is Hulu up for sale? CNBC and the Wall Street Journal are reporting that the streaming-video service is mulling an unsolicited bid from a company whose identity is not being disclosed. Hulu, which scrapped plans for an IPO last December, may find more interest among buyers looking to strengthen their hand in the burgeoning market for online video.

Hulu’s owners at odds over future of television

Here’s a shock: the three main corporate owners of Hulu are at odds with each other and with Hulu management over the online TV service’s basic strategy. Who could have guessed?

Is online video killing the rerun market for broadcasters?

Streaming TV shows online — whether via network websites or services like Hulu and Netflix — represents a major threat to networks that depend on reruns, says Phil Kent, CEO of Turner Broadcasting, which owns networks like TBS and TNT that depends on reruns.

Minis to get built-in streaming music via startup Aupeo

Mini is about to become the first mass production car with built-in streaming music, courtesy of  German startup Aupeo. Aupeo bills itself as “Pandora for the rest of the world”, providing curated radio stations and a personal station based on recommendations. The company has quietly pursued a strategy of making deals with hardware vendors to pre-install Aupeo on various devices including Acer mobile phones, Asus netbooks and Philips TVs.