New evidence of Amazon’s ambitions to make original TV

From Hulu to Netflix, it seems that every online video service is getting into original television these days, and new signs emerged overnight that is no different. Fortune reports that it spotted a LinkedIn profile for an Amazon executive named Joe Lewis, a veteran of 20th Century Fox and Comedy Central who listed his… Read More

Hulu CTO Richard Tom

GeekWire Summit Preview: Hulu’s CTO explains how they rose to the top by rolling their own

Many of us think of Hulu as the place to catch up on our favorite shows. But at its heart, Hulu is “a technology company first,” says Richard Tom, Hulu’s chief technology officer. Exhibit A: Hulu’s decision to build its own video advertising system, without leveraging third-party services — developing everything from campaign management to ad serving,… Read More


Amazon hiring execs to make comedy and kids shows

Newly surfaced job postings provide some interesting clues about the company’s push into original programming. An Amazon unit called the People’s Production Company, an extension of its crowd-sourced Amazon Studios initiative, is seeking creative executives to develop half-hour comedy and kids shows “for online and traditional distribution.” As noted by AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski, that… Read More

GeekWire Summit

GeekWire Summit: Facebook, T-Mobile, Swype and more join lineup of speakers

We’re gearing up for our big GeekWire Summit, the inaugural half-day conference March 7 in downtown Seattle. Last week we announced the participation of former Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie, Hulu CTO Richard Tom, and UW computer science luminary Oren Etzioni. Today we’re pleased to announce more industry veterans who will be sharing insights from… Read More


With Netflix and Hulu in play, will bite?

We’ve talked in the past about’s ambitious plans in the online video space, suggesting that the online retailer could make a bid for either Netflix or Hulu as a way to bolster its pending tablet computer launch. It is unclear whether Amazon will take the “build-versus-buy” approach in online video. But this much is… Read More


Shares of Netflix shredded: Time for Amazon to make a bid?

No one likes a price hike, and that was especially the case for Netflix customers who were outraged when the online video service boosted prices in July as a result of splitting its DVD mail order business and streaming video service. Now, Netflix is paying the price for that decision. The company today said that… Read More


Who wants Hulu?

This could be a jam-packed month in technology dealmaking, and it’s not just because of the drama unfolding over AT&T’s bid for T-Mobile USA. Nope, another interesting development is occurring in the board rooms of some of the biggest media and technology companies as bidders line up for Hulu. Hulu is an unusual asset —… Read More


Morning Radar: TouchPad is a best seller; Online video rankings; and more

How do you drive interest in your consumer electronics gadget? Well, you discontinue it, of course.  Engadget notes that HP’s heavily-discounted TouchPad — a tablet computer that’s being phased out — is now among the best selling consumer electronics devices on nLight Corp., a profitable Vancouver, Washington maker of semiconductor laser technology used in… Read More


Could old connections lead Hulu into the arms of

Bids for the online video service Hulu are expected Wednesday, and The Wall Street Journal reports that, Google, Yahoo and DirecTV are considering offers. Amazon could be an interesting suitor, especially given the company’s plans to expand into tablet computers. (Imagine the gadgets pre-loaded with a Hulu channel). Amazon also has been expanding deeper… Read More


Despite uproar, Netflix expects price overhaul to pay off

Netflix’s quarterly results today are being closely watched for the impact of the customer outrage over the price hikes recently announced by the company through the separation of its DVD-by-mail and online streaming services. So here’s the upshot: The company expects some short term pain from the price change to pay off in the form… Read More


Microsoft drops out of the Hulu bidding, opening door for Amazon?

Microsoft has reportedly dropped out of the bidding for Hulu, the popular online video service owned by Fox, Disney, NBC and others, according to Bloomberg News. Earlier this month, when the reports first surfaced, GeekWire’s Todd Bishop said he’d be surprised if Microsoft went after Hulu since historically it has pursued technology-oriented companies over pure content… Read More