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Time Warner Wants Hulu To Stop Airing Current Seasons Of TV Shows

Time Warner Inc. — not to be confused with its former subsidiary Time Warner Cable — has been talking to Hulu about purchasing a portion of the streaming service, which is currently a joint venture of Comcast (NBC), Disney (ABC), and 21st Century Fox. […] If Time Warner purchases a 25% stake in Hulu, the Journal’s sources say it wouldn’t want to offer the quick online access to new episodes that the site’s current partners provide. […] Time Warner would rather use Hulu to push users to on-demand and network websites for currently aired shows. That means they would likely need to use a pay-TV provider login to see these episodes. – Chris Morran, Consumerist

Music-Streaming Service Deezer Plans IPO

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[Deezer] said Tuesday it is planning an IPO on the Paris stock exchange toward the end of the year, once it receives the approval of French financial authorities. […] According to Deezer’s new financial disclosure for the IPO, it is no different. Deezer’s revenue grew 41% in the first half of 2015 to €93 million. But the firm remained in the red, losing €9 million in the period. – Sam Schechner, The Wall Street Journal

Local TV Creates Hurdle to Streaming

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The networks have argued that they are the ones these new entrants should be dealing with. For example, NBC is negotiating with Sony on behalf of at least some of its affiliates, according to people familiar with the matter. And Apple isn’t interested in negotiating directly with affiliates, according to people familiar with the matter. But affiliates have long negotiated their own carriage deals directly with cable and satellite-TV providers, and they aren’t all willing to cede this power in the digital realm. – Keach Hagey, The Wall Street Journal

MLB Will Bench Baseball Fans Caught Streaming Games

Baseball fans hoping to use Meerkat app or Periscope App to stream live video from Opening Day games today might strike out. Major League Baseball will watch for egregious self-streaming activity, said Bob Bowman, president of business and media for the league. […] MLB has talked with the league’s 30 teams to remind them of the policy for fans and credentialed media, he said. Teams are on alert. In Los Angeles, Ralph Esquibel, vice president of IT for the Los Angeles Dodgers, said he expects increased adoption of streaming apps and a consequent increase in bandwidth consumption. – Kim S. Nash, The Wall Street Journal  

Apple will launch its attack against pay TV companies this fall

Late on Monday, The Wall Street Journal published a report relaying that Apple Inc. has plans to launch a subscription-based streaming TV service this fall. According to the report, Apple’s TV offering will cost users approximately $30 to $40 a month and will offer a somewhat lightweight selection of 25 channels. Some of the cable channels reportedly on-board already include big names such as ESPN and FX. Naturally, the service will reportedly include content from major networks like ABC, CBS and FOX. But notably absent from the mix is NBCUniversal. This is supposedly the result of negotiation difficulties Apple previously experienced with Comcast, NBCUniversal’s parent company. – Yoni Heisler, BGR
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Dish wants to keep broadcasters out of basic Web TV service

Dish Network Corp does not want to include broadcast channels in the basic package for its planned online TV service, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. […] Dish’s move to relegate broadcasters such as ABC, CBS Corp , NBC and FOX to a different tier could cost consumers more, the Journal reported. […] The service, which is expected to launch soon, will cost about a dollar a day, or about $30 a month, the Journal added. – Tanvi Mehta,Reuters 
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Grooveshark gives fully-legal streaming a shot with ‘Broadcasts’ radio service

The Wall Street Journal reports that Grooveshark will launch a new service in January, called Broadcasts. Instead of offering on-demand songs, as Grooveshark’s current service does, Broadcasts will have radio stations curated by users. The service will cost $0.99 per month and will have no advertisements. Just as importantly, all of the songs will be fully-licensed, with royalties paid through the same government-mandated system used by Pandora and its ilk. By going the radio route, Grooveshark doesn’t have to negotiate directly with record labels. – Jared Newman,PCWorld

Major Cable CEO: Cable is Going Away

Research firm MoffettNathanson, by way of The Wall Street Journal, reported that pay-TV lost 179,000 subscribers, more than 100% higher than last year’s corresponding quarterly loss of 83,000. Perhaps the most interesting takeaway from the report was a quote from James Dolan : “Ultimately cord-cutting and going to over the top is something we do believe is going to happen and we are preparing ourselves for it.” And while that sounds like a quote that should come from a network, an investor, or a consumer, it didn’t. In fact, Dolan is the CEO of Cablevisión, the seventh-largest cable company in the United States by subscriber count. […] Dolan noted his company’s investments in broadband as a possible path forward. That makes sense: While pay-TV providers compete with over-the-top and streaming services, those services cannot reach the home without Internet service providers. As Netflix and other streaming services become more popular, and steal more pay-TV market share, pay-TV providers appear to want to capture that value by adding broadband subscribers and pricing accordingly. – Jamal Carnette,The Motley Fool 
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Amazon Prime 4K Streaming Finally Coming—and Subscribers Won’t Pay Extra

Amazon.com, along with a few other companies, promised it would offer the next-generation video for compatible Ultra HD TVs back at CES in January. But even as Ultra HD TV prices have dropped to as low as $1,000, streaming 4K content has been hard to come by. Netflix was the first to arrive on Ultra HD TVs in the spring, yet it now has only about a dozen movies and TV shows available for subscribers. And recently the company began charging an extra $4 on top of the monthly $8 subscription for the 4K service. Amazon says that if you subscribe to its $99-per-year Prime service, streaming in 4K won’t cost you any more. But it may require an update to the built-in Amazon Instant Video app on your Ultra HD TV. – Geoffrey A. Fowler,The Wall Street Journal 
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