Friday, February 20, 2009

CBS Interactive: “Well Within Our Rights To Stream Hulu Content”

The hulu battle is getting ugly

We broke the story of Hulu pulling the content plug out of
earlier this week, and two days ago we also reported that content
owners forced Boxee to stop streaming Hulu content as well. Now the
owners of, CBS Interactive, have responded with a message that
sparked the Wall Street Journal to headline an article on the reaction
"CBS Strikes Back at Hulu" . What did CBS Interactive's statement
say? "CBS Interactive is well within its rights to stream Hulu video
content on under its agreement with Hulu. We are evaluating our
next steps at this time." Sound like war talk to me, yet neither side
was willing to comment on whether there was still a possibility of
Hulu videos appearing on The distribution agreement between and Hulu was made prior to CBS's acquisition's parent
company, CNET. CBS very recently relaunched recently with a
redesign that almost exactly matched the look and feel of Hulu . is growing at a very fast rate , surpassing Hulu in traffic
according to some. To be continued, no doubt. In related news, Comcast
and Time Warner Cable are reportedly in talks with major cable
television network owners about ways to give cable subscribers (and
only them) access to much of the networks' programming on the web.
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