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Hulu Plus Obtained More Than a Million Subscribers this Year

Written on September 22, 2011 by Lulu

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Hulu surpassed their goal for this year, and was able to hit more than a million subscribers that are willing to pay for their subscriptions.

Hulu was reported to have more than one million customers who’s willing to pay for the company’s $8/month subscription. Jason Kilar, CEO of Hulu, is said to make a prediction earlier this year that their Hulu Plus app would get one million subscribers before the 2011 ends. However, the said executive confirmed that the goal was reached before the end of the summer.

Jason Kilar also boasted at the Goldman Sachs investor conference that the company is preparing itself to spend over $375 million for content this year. The range of TV shows and movies is expected to continually expand.

Regardless of the apparent successes, Hulu – which is jointly owned by News Corp, Walt Disney Co., NBC Universal and Providence Equity Partners – is still trying to find a buyer . Unconfirmed reports claimed that Google is one of the potential suitors, even if several other companies are said to have put up bids of up to $2 billion.

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Hulu Plus Expands Its List of Supported Devices

Written on September 21, 2011 by Lulu

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Hulu is expanding their list of devices that are supported by their Hulu Plus app. Hooray!

Hulu is continuing to widen their list of Android devices that are supported by their Hulu Plus app. The latest release adds support for a variety of smartphones. These includes HTC’s Incredible 2, EVO 3D and Sensation; Motorola’s Droid 3, Bionic and X2; and LG’s Revolution and G2X.

Aside from the handsets, the said app can also be accessed from HTC’s Flyer tablet. Expanded support looks like to be the primary feature of the recent update, though it also promises to improve playback performance.

The Hulu app is currently available as a free download from the Android Market, but users must still have a paid Hulu Plus subscription to view its streaming content.

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PS3 3.70 Upgrade Includes Automatic Cloud Saving and More

Written on August 10, 2011 by Lulu

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Sony announced to the public their latest PS3 upgrade called 3.70 which includes automatic cloud saving, 3D photos, and TV channel.

Sony had put out a new PS3 update for the online and 3D users of the said console on Tuesday. The upgrade, which is called the 3.70 upgrade, turns on automatic cloud saving for those who have the PlayStation Plus accounts that is required for the service.

This upgrade will enable gamers to flag individual games for automatic uploads and guarantee that certain games’ saves are always available. Trophies are also updated on the same schedule.

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Skype Rolls Out Video Calls for Selected Android Devices

Written on July 01, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Skype is giving out an updated version of its voice call app, as more Android devices acquires front-facing camera and Android 2.3.

Skype released an update of its Android app, which brings video calls to limited Android devices. The Skype video calls for Android will be available for Google Nexus S, HTC Desire S, Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro. But expect the list of compatible device to grow longer, as more smartphones are having front-facing camera and being updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Skype is following other companies, like Netflix and Hulu, in making previously unavailable apps accessible to limited devices. Check out the video after the break, to learn more about Skype’s new version of video calls for Android.

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Generation Y Considers Giving up Paid Television

Written on June 05, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Ideas and Solutions reveals why the Generation Y of paid television subscribers are leaning towards cutting the cable.

A Los Angeles-based consultant group for media and technology companies, Ideas and Solutions, released a survey last Tuesday on how cable providers can keep their subscribers from cutting the cord. Based on the study, 60% of people between the ages of 18 and 29 were considering on giving up paid television. The report groups the 70 million Generation Y demographic into three: Loyalists, Leaners and At-risks. Obviously, the At-risks are those early adopters of technology and much more likely users of Hulu or Netflix.

It only shows that cable providers can keep their subscribers by attuning the television to the Leaners and At-risks’ preferences. That means having on-demand, DVR options and programs that are more aligned on their interests.

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Hulu for Android in the Works

Written on March 14, 2011 by R. Cruise

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Guess what? Hulu for Android is on the rise!

Wish granted! Android users can now download the Hulu app on their devices. Hulu released a list of its supported devices for Hulu Plus, and on it was “select Android 2.2 devices.” No more details about the date of release for these devices. Just keep it here at Gadg fro updates. For now, access Hulu on your Android device via PlayOn.

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FOX Brings Bitbop to Android, with Some Hurdles

Written on September 15, 2010 by Adam Eve

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Bitbop seems dedicated to solely providing mobile TV viewing, and might be tying its hands by not attempting to expand beyond handheld devices. For now, the app could be a solid mobile TV solution for Android users, but a Hulu app for Android is expected by the end of the year.

Earlier this summer, a mobile TV subscription service — Bitbop — was launched exclusively on Blackberry devices. This time, the FOX-owned company has taken a step forward as it makes its service available on Android devices. For $9.99 per month, BlackBerry and Android users can now subscribe to watch full television episodes on their mobile devices.

However, Bitbop faces some serious obstacles from popular competitors. For one; Hulu features dozens of shows from the four big cable networks, while Bitbop just had a few. Another; users can chip in to Hulu Plus and view from the service’s larger catalogue of shows for the same price. Being available only for RIM and Android devices, and with a limited index, the $9.99 monthly fee can be hefty of a price.

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