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Hulu content removed from TV.com, Boxee

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 23 Feb 2009 0:45 User comments (1)

Hulu is backed by NBC Universal and News Corp. and the sites the content was removed from were CBS-backed TV.com and the startup Boxee.

A few of the popular shows removed from the rival sites were Heroes,
Family Guy, The Simpsons, and The Office.

Hulu had previously signed a syndication deal with TV.com allowing the site to play Hulu's content. Since then, CBS has relaunched the site with ad-supported full-length TV programming from CBS, Showtime and PBS.

NBC added in a statement that it “has contractual rights with regards to our relationship with TV.com, and we are exercising those rights. Out of respect for their confidentiality, we will not disclose our discussions.”

Boxee CEO Avner Ronen noted that the company had brought 100,000 streams for Hulu in the last week alone and was doing all it could to get the content back.

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1 user comment

123.2.2009 16:29

Hulu needs to consider the internet just another broadcast medium and not make exclusive contracts with providers.
It's a dead end to do that. If it's on the net people will find a work around.

It's like Youtube not offering downloads... Now there are hundreds of programs which download youtube automatically and youtube has no control over it.

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