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You've been able to watch CW shows like Jane The Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Supergirl, Arrow and The Flash on-demand via Hulu for a while now. Last year, the streaming company promised to bring the CW network to its live TV service, but it's taken…
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Hulu won’t adapt horror comic ‘Locke & Key’ after all

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The second attempt to turn Joe Hill's comic Locke & Key into a television series has foundered after Hulu opted not to pick it up as a series. According to Deadline Hollywood, the streaming service produced a pilot, had staffed a writer's room an…
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Hulu adds sports features to Live TV just in time for March Madness

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Just in time for March Madness, Hulu has added features for its Live TV service keyed specifically to the month-long event. Did you like choosing particular sports during the recent Winter Olympics and having Hulu curate coverage per your interests?…
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Hulu Live TV gains more 60fps channels, push notifications for sports

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People subscribed to Hulu’s Live TV package can now watch another 33 channels at 60 frames per second, and receive push notifications on their iPhone or iPad when a tracked sports event is about to start.
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Watch the full interview: Disney’s Kevin Mayer talks about the Fox acquisition and what that means for Hulu

Disney is one of the biggest media players in the game.

As chief strategy officer at Disney, Kevin Mayer runs strategy, biz dev and M&A for the media giant, and he’s the man who put together three amazing purchases: Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm. Now he’s engineering Disney’s colossal Fox deal, as well as the company’s move to stream its stuff directly to consumers. Watch his full onstage interview at Recode’s Code Media below:

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Hulu is going to be big and profitable, according to Disney’s chief strategy officer

Kevin Mayer says Disney will invest in Hulu once it takes over.

Hulu loses a lot of money — nearly a billion dollars last year, and that will likely nearly double this year.

But Hulu, which had three bosses as part of a joint venture at its inception, will get just one boss soon: Disney. And according to its chief strategy officer, Kevin Mayer, the company plans to put more money in the service.

“It takes an investment for sure, and we’re happy to undertake that,” he said at the Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, Calif. “There’s going to be a big, profitable service.”

That’s a pretty bold plan, since Hulu had been a good news/bad news thing for its owners. Bad news: It lost money, and the three main owners had to account for that loss on their balance sheets. Good news: Each partner also technically made money, since they were selling license rights to Hulu.

You could argue Hulu was really an accounting play that also allowed the big media companies to experiment in online streaming.

That status changes after Disney buys Fox, since Disney will have to own most of the losses. Mayer points out it will also gain revenue from Fox’s portion of sales to Hulu, but even then it means it continues to lose money, which can’t continue to happen.

It also means Hulu may no longer get NBC* shows in the future, since owner Comcast may not want to continue licensing its shows to Hulu, since that will benefit Disney. It likely means the end of Hulu as we know it.

But for Mayer, that shouldn’t change the strategy for Hulu, an important piece of Disney’s larger plan to sell more of its shows directly to consumers via online streaming. In addition to Hulu, Disney will launch a $ 4.99-a-month ESPN streaming service that will feature a lot of ancillary sports content and not the big, important stuff you see on regular EPSN, like NFL games. Lastly, Disney will launch a family-friendly service in 2019 that will include key Disney franchises from its major studios: Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm.

That inevitably means pulling some of its big films off Netflix, but Mayer insists Disney is not trying to kill Netflix.

“I’m a big fan of Netflix,” he said. “They’ve done well in the marketplace. What we’re doing is not kill Netflix, but serve consumers. We think we can serve consumers better.”

Mayer’s point is that all TV businesses will have to find a way to start selling stuff directly to consumers as cord cutting continues. If big media companies can’t continue to rely on the pay TV distributors to capture household consumers, it will have to sell the content directly via streaming. The infrastructure costs and the technology are now at a point where that’s feasible, he said.

Disney, as one of the largest media franchises around, still has the deep pockets to affect big change in how media works in the future, and Mayer will certainly continue to be a key part of its strategy.

He’s seen as a possible successor to CEO Bob Iger, who has cancelled his planned retirement at least three times. In the meantime, there is another job that’s open, and that’s head of ESPN. John Skipper stepped down in December citing substance abuse problems.

When asked if he would want that job, Mayer only replied: “I’m going to do what Bob has me doing, happily.”

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Hulu updated with easier timeline scrubbing

Sometimes apps are updated with a plethora of new features that transform the experience. This is not one of those times. Yet, the latest Hulu update does bring something that many subscribers will probably enjoy. You can scrub through a video by pressing anyplace, not just on the timeline.

Here’s the changelog for the new update.

Improvement: Now you can scrub through a video not only directly on the timeline but by doing a long press anywhere on the screen.

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Hulu Begins Rollout of 60fps Live Streaming for Select Channels on iPhone, Apple TV, and More

Hulu on Reddit this week announced that it will begin rolling out support for 60 frames per second live streams on its “Hulu With Live TV” cord-cutting service, launching in time for viewers to stream the Olympics and March Madness. Hulu said it was aware that 60fps streaming was “one of the most-requested features” by its viewers, leading to this week’s announcement (via Cord Cutters News).

The company explained that the update will see a launch in phases, and began yesterday with Phase 1, including the following channels now supporting 60fps on Hulu With Live TV: CNN, CNN International, HLN, TNT, TBS, TCM, TruTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, all SHOWTIME channels, “about half” of available FOX affiliates, all NBC affiliates, and New England Channel News.

Due to the dependencies required to enable 60fps, we’ll be rolling it out in phases to get you these higher-quality streams as quickly as possible. By offering our live streams at this frame rate, our goal is to provide a significantly more immersive viewing experience for Live TV. You’ll notice the difference most when watching sports or news, so we’re excited to have this in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics and March Madness (NBC and Turner channels, respectively).

Hulu noted that individual affiliates “may temporarily revert back” to 30fps streams when adjusting for internet speeds, giving viewers a more stable experience. Phase 1 will include Hulu apps on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Xbox One, Fire TV, Samsung Tizen TV, and Nintendo Switch.

The company hasn’t yet indicated when Phase 2 will begin, or what channels/devices will be part of that rollout. Later this year, Hulu will also be launching a redesigned user interface across its on-demand and live services, including a new Live TV guide. For the Live TV section of Hulu, the latest numbers put the service at 450,000 paid subscribers, beating out YouTube TV (300,000), but still trailing DirecTV Now (1 million) and Sling TV (nearly 2 million).

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