Hulu's board is considering the move after a potential buyer for the company approached it with an unsolicited offer, these people said. The identity of the buyer couldn't be learned.
The offer has spurred directors to study their options, including soliciting other potential interest in the company from larger companies and private-equity firms, among others, according to these people.
Hulu also announced that they have launched an Android app for Hulu Plus, and like Netflix are only supporting a few devices on launch (Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix).
TechCrunch's Eric Schonfeld interviewed Verizon VP Eric Bruno about FIOS and asked him about Netflix, and the answer was interesting:
All of this sort of suggests that Verizon FIOS will compete directly with Netflix for streaming shows and digital downloads to any screen. But I want my Netflix on my big-screen TV and Verizon could make that easy by simply letting Netflix create a widget for FIOS viewers. Then I wouldn’t need to pull out the HDMI cable and string it to my laptop every time I want to stream on the big screen.
Would Verizon ever allow Netflix prime real estate on its service? “The answer is definitely not no,” Bruno hedges in the video below. “People are going there anyway. If they are going there anyway I would rather have them go to Verizon.”
Hear that Reed Hastings? Give Bruno a call. “If Reed picked up the phone, we’d definitely talk about it. Same offer to Google.”
Here's a video of the Netflix discussion and a bit about home automation as well:
It looks like Amazon is getting serious about their streaming video service for Prime members, as they just added more than 1,000 new titles including Sarah Conner, The Right Stuff, Training Day, Network, Sesame Street, and more. They also announced that there are now more than 300 devices that support Amazon streaming.
Plum wants to be the Netflix of baby clothes, charging $16 per month for 2 outfits, and up to $49 per month for 7 outfits. They ship one set of outfits per month for free, and if you stain the clothes they donate them to foster care.
DailyTech reports that rumors of an Apple TV are floating around again:
The former Apple executive, speaking with us on condition of anonymity, told us that that the company's biggest upcoming product launch will be one that hasn't been made official yet -- Apple has plans to enter the TV business.
According to source Apple plans to "blow Netflix and all those other guys away" by bundling Apple TV + iTunes inside physical television sets. According to the source Apple is teaming up with a major supplier (our guess would be Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., to provide the physical televisions, which will be rebranded as Apple television sets.
Thanks to Seth for sending this in.
If you've ever wondered how Netflix's website, hosted on Amazon's cloud servers, work then you'll enjoy Adrian Cockcroft's (Netflix's director, architecture for cloud systems) presentation at the 2011 O'Reilly Velocity Conference. Cockcroft goes into great detail about the reason, lessons, design, and problems Netflix faced moving to the cloud.
Here are the 66 slides from his presenation:
via Programmable Web.
Daniel Jacobson, Netflix's director of engineering, posted a notice on the Netflix blog that they will be removing DVD-related features from the Netflix open API.
We’re making some changes to the Open API program to support the Netflix focus on international streaming. Later this year, we will discontinue support for DVD-related features, degrading them through redirects or other means gracefully whenever possible. These changes will only affect the Open APIs, so your DVDs will continue to ship!
This change clears the path for us to add new features to the API to support international catalogs and languages. Eventually, we plan to expand our public developer community to other regions, allowing developers from around the world to build even more amazing apps and sites powered by the Netflix API.
This means that third-party Netflix applications will no longer be able to manage DVDs and Blu-ray discs.
The American Express & The Tibeca Film Festival My Movie Pitch contest, where the winner gets to make a movie, is coming to a close and HackingNetflix reader Noor is a finalist.
Noor is pitching a movie about a magic box:
If you like his pitch you can vote for Noor on the My Movie Pitch webpage on YouTube (but hurry, the voting ends at midnight on June 22nd).
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