Will Hulu Freak Out Over Cablevision's Cool New Personalized Internet Channel?
from the wait-and-see... dept
One of its latest offerings is a pretty smart idea -- letting subscribers move internet content to their TVs remotely. Now, lots of tech savvy folks have set up systems to do this themselves, but this actually sounds like it makes it quite easy for users to do without having to setup any hardware or run any wires or anything, as it's all done over the internet. You send whatever you want to a Cablevision service, and then you can just turn on your TV to a specific channel, and you'll have access to the content. If it works, it sounds pretty cool.
But... are there problems looming? Apparently, you'll be able to send internet video as one of the types of content, and Broadband Reports found out that this includes content from sites like Hulu. Now, you may remember that Hulu has been pressured by its content partners/owners to keep its content (most of which originated on TV) off of TVs. There's simply no good reason for this, but it looks like Cablevision is now enabling that functionality as well -- even as Hulu has worked to block TV access from a variety of different devices and services. Seeing as NBC appears to be the major voice behind many of Hulu's blocks, and NBC is in the process of being acquired by Comcast (assuming regulatory approval), that could make for an interesting battle between Comcast and Cablevision down the road...