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Hulu gets into the music video biz -- one artist at a time

While YouTube, MTV, Vevo, MySpace, and other online video sites compete for the title of "Hulu for music videos," it looks like Hulu is hoping to get in on the action itself. Hulu has made a name for itself as a destination site for professionally produced TV shows and movies. Sure, it's only available in the US, and it doesn't have nearly as many TV episodes or movies as you can find from your...

Best Buy + CinemaNow = sitting in a tree

US electronics retailer Best Buy is preparing to enter the digital video distribution business in a big way. The company is partnering with CinemaNow, an online video download service that lets users rent and purchase movies and TV shows. Best Buy will load up CinemaNow software on internet-connected consumer electronics sold at the company's retail stores. That includes computers, portable...

Blinkx launches a mediocre music search engine

Online video site Blinkx is branching out into music with the launch of Blinkx Music Beta, a search engine for online music videos. The front page is simple enough. You're greeted with a search box, a list of top artists, and the ability to click a letter to see results starting with A through Z. You can search for artists, albums, or songs. Unfortunately, the search index is pretty sparse....

Hulu to begin charging for (some) content next year?

Hulu is quite simply one of the best ways to watch TV on the internet. In fact, in some ways, Hulu offers a better viewing experience than old fashioned TV. For example, you tend to have just 2-3 minutes of commercials to put up with when watching a one hour (or rather, 42 minute) program on Hulu, instead of 18 minutes of advertisements. But partly for that reason, FOX, NBC, ABC, and the other...

Google Video now accepts videos up to 16GB in size

Just in case you had any doubt that Google had a heck of a lot of server space, the company has increased the file size limit for uploads to Google Video. A few days ago, the max was 1GB. Today, it's a whopping 16GB. In order to take advantage, you'll need a few things: A Google Apps Premier or Education Edition account Google Gears A fairly speedy internet connection (unless you're...

Epix to roll out 3,000 HD movies online: You'll probably never see them

Epix is a new premium TV channel that's a partnership between Viacom, Paramount, MGM, and Lionsgate. Today the company is announcing that Verizon is the first distributor to sign the channel, which means that Verizon customers will be able to watch thousands of movies in the channel's library. Now here's where it gets interesting: Epix isn't just a TV channel. As part of its offering, the group...

Hulu working on a subscription-based video service

Over the past year or so Hulu has quickly become one of the most popular online video sites even though it's only open to US viewers. Hulu's success likely comes from a number of factors including a focus on high quality professionally produced content including network TV shows and movies, a simple user interface, and relatively unobtrusive advertisements that are much easier to put up with...

Adobe adds video hosting to Photoshop.com

Adobe Flash may be the dominant platform for hosting streaming video on web sites including YouTube, Hulu, Vimeo, and DailyMotion, but Adobe's fairly late to the game when it comes to launching it's own video hosting and sharing service. Yesterday Adobe started to play catchup by adding the ability to upload videos to Photoshop.com, the company's web-based image editing and sharing service. ...

Hulu blocks Skyfire mobile browser from accessing videos

Mobile web browser Skyfire is one of the only browsers around that lets users watch movies from online video site Hulu. Or rather, it was. WMExperts reports that Hulu has begun blocking Skyfire users. This development comes on a long, protracted battle between Hulu and Boxee, a media center application for OS X, Windows, and Ubuntu Linux that provides access to web video from dozens of sources....

Hulu launches desktop app for watching web video

Online video site Hulu has launched a desktop application for Windows and OS X that allows you to find and watch Hulu videos without firing up a web browser. Hulu has been fighting a battle with media center application Boxee for months. Boxee is a desktop application that lets people interact with media on their hard drives or the web using a big screen interface that makes a good case for...

Streaming TV comes to Canada thanks to CTV

Pretty much every time we publish an article about Hulu or other web sites that let visitors watch full length streaming television episodes, someone leaves a comment pointing out that the service only works in the US. That's generally because these web sites don't have the distribution rights (and advertising deals) needed to stream these programs in other countries -- even countries that are...

PBS launches web video portal

PBS already makes some of its programs available through online video sites including Hulu. But today the public television network has rolled out a new beta web portal that acts as a central hub for most of the PBS original programming that's available online. You can find full length episodes of American Experience, Frontline, Great Performances, Masterpiece, Nature, Nova, The NewsHour and...

Adobe brings Flash platform to TV and set top boxes

Adobe Flash is the dominant platform for rich media content on the web. If you've watched an online video, viewed an interactive ad, or played music through a web site in the last few years, you've seen Flash in action. While Microsoft is trying to push Silverlight as an alternative, Flash pretty much owns this space -- on computers. But HDTV and broadband internet are blurring the lines between...

Yahoo! pulls the plug on JumpCut web based video editor

Yahoo! has finally decided to pull the plug on Jumpcut, a web based video editor that has been on life support since December. That's when Yahoo! stopped letting users upload videos to the service, instead suggesting that they upload short videos to Flickr. Now TechCrunch reports that Jumpcut is sending out emails to users letting them know that the service will be closed on June 15th, 2009....

Hulu plans to go international

Online video site Hulu has become one of the most popular video portals in the internet over the past year. It showcases high quality content from major television and film studios with fewer commercials than you'd see if you watched the same programs on TV. But Hulu has faced one major hurdle: The company doesn't have deals in place to distribute that content outside of the US, which is why...