Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Will Hulu.com's success force Comcast to make a deal?

While Comcast cobbles together an Internet content strategy, ad-backed Hulu.com is giving away network content for free.

Will Hulu.com's success force Comcast to make a deal?


NBC-News Corp. partnership Hulu.com's summer deal with Disney-ABC means the free online site, funded by ads from NBC owner GE and more than 200 other big companies, now shows most network TV content, notes CNBC here. Ceo Jason Kilar calls Hulu "a natural partner" for cable giants Comcast and TimeWarner; Hulu would like to carry their shows, password-protected for paying cable users. So where would that leave Comcast's homegrown Internet strategy? 

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