Hulu Plus “Remote Control” brings Chromecast-style features to Xbox One, PS4

Hulu Plus subscribers are getting a little bit more control over their streaming experience on game consoles with a new update. The company launched a new feature called “Remote Control” today, which allows subscribers to its premium streaming service to control Hulu Plus apps on the Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 with their… Read More


Tech Moves: INRIX names new board member; Juno taps investment banker as CFO; etc.

—INRIX, the Kirkland company that uses data to reduce traffic congestion, has named Mike Gerling to the board. He previously served as the North America chief operating officer of mapping provider Tele Atlas, and before that worked in executive roles at Geographic Data Technology. “Mike’s deep experience in location technologies like digital mapping is invaluable to INRIX as customers… Read More


Amazon inks deal with Sony to stream FX shows ‘Justified,’ and ‘The Shield’

Another day, another streaming deal for Amazon. The Seattle online giant just signed a deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment for the rights to exclusively stream the popular FX show “Justified,” as well as the nonexclusive rights for “The Shield.” Episodes will be available online for Amazon Prime subscribers and others can watch episodes for $1.99 each…. Read More


Revamped Nielsen ratings may include Xbox video viewing

Big changes could be coming soon to Nielsen’s TV rating system to include video viewing statistics from devices like the Xbox, PlayStation and iPad. According to sources who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter, a committee of TV network and advertising reps have plans to change the rating system to include data from streaming devices that… Read More


Leaving Hulu: CEO Jason Kilar, CTO Richard Tom

Two top Hulu executives with roots in the Seattle region are leaving the online video powerhouse. Hulu CEO Jason Kilar plans to depart this quarter, and Richard Tom, Hulu’s CTO, will leave around the same time, Kilar announced in a post this afternoon on Hulu’s corporate blog. Kilar isn’t talking about the reasons for his… Read More


Watch TV with two screens: Hulu Plus available for Wii U

Hulu Plus is now available on the new Nintendo Wii U console and it introduces a new way to watch TV and movies. The difference is the utilization of the Wii U’s GamePad controller. Users can now enjoy a dual-screen watching experience, with the GamePad serving as an information hub for the episode or movie… Read More


Hulu home to movies, TV shows and now video games

Hulu is known for its TV shows, movies and other related video. Now, they’re venturing into the video game space. While you can’t quite yet purchase or play video games through Hulu, the company today introduced Hulu Video Games as a hub for users to watch trailers, gameplay videos and reviews for the latest games…. Read More

Reed Hastings

Netflix CEO: Amazon Prime video a ‘confusing mess’

It looks like Jeff Bezos & Co. have finally gotten Reed Hastings’ attention, or at least gotten Hastings to show that he’s feeling the competitive heat. The Netflix CEO previously made a habit of downplaying the competition from in the online video market, saying as recently as July that his company had yet to… Read More


Finally: Amazon video app comes to Microsoft’s Xbox 360

Amazon and Microsoft just announced the first native Amazon Instant Video app for Microsoft’s Xbox 360, making it possible to watch videos from the Amazon service on the Microsoft console without a cumbersome workaround. The app is particularly good news for anyone who already has a $79/year Amazon Prime service and a $60/year Xbox Live… Read More


A first: Amazon tops Hulu in U.S. online video viewers

New rankings for the U.S. online video market, released by comScore Networks this morning, come with a surprise: has surpassed Hulu in April with more than 30 million unique viewers in the U.S. We’ve been digging back through comScore’s archive, and it’s the first time that Amazon has topped Hulu by that measure. It’s… Read More


Ticketmaster opens Seattle office led by Amazon vets

Technology companies continue to arrive on the shores of Seattle, attracted by the region’s top-notch software talent. The latest example is Ticketmaster, which announced today that it has opened a new engineering center in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. “We have the most challenging eCommerce environment on the planet and our Seattle team will be instrumental… Read More


Netflix gains subscribers, tracks Amazon “carefully”

“Given Amazon’s size and ambitions, we continue to track their progress carefully as well.” With that brief statement, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings acknowledged one of the online streaming video service’s perceived competitors in its quarterly letter to shareholders as part of today’s first quarter 2012 earnings report: Amazon Prime Instant Video. Overall, Netflix came in… Read More

Geekwire Summit 2012

Q&A: Hulu CTO Richard Tom on the future of television

It’s rather stunning to think that Hulu was just a germ of an idea five years ago. Obviously, the entertainment industry has experienced a tectonic shift of epic proportions in that time. Backed by the likes of NBC Universal, News Corporation and The Walt Disney Company, Hulu has very quickly become one of the most… Read More


Live from the GeekWire Summit

[The program will start around 1:30 p.m.] We’ve lined up some great speakers this afternoon for the GeekWire Summit in Seattle — including conversations with online collaboration pioneer Ray Ozzie and Hulu technology chief Richard Tom, plus panels featuring executives and engineers from Facebook, T-Mobile USA, Rhapsody, Swype, Z2Live, the University of Washington and more…. Read More