Hulu Offers Programming Perks With Sale

Streaming video buzz leads today's cable news roundup.

  • If Hulu LLC is sold, the new owner reportedly will be able to distribute programming from the Web video hub's backers -- Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and News Corp. (NYSE: NWS) -- for five years. (See Hulu Nears 1M Paid Subs.)

  • Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), already under fire for altering its subscription packages, suffered another video streaming outage on Sunday. It's been fixed, but Netflix didn't say what caused it. (See Netflix Subs Revolt .)

  • An additional 240,000 people living in the great Puget Sound region of Washington can surf the Web at FauxG speeds, after Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR), Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) expanded access to the wireless broadband network. (See Clearwire Sets Big City 4G Launch Dates .)

  • Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) promoted Jeffrey Hirsch to EVP and chief marketing officer. He replaces longtime marketing head Sam Howe, who left the company.

  • TW Cable is spending $1 million to install more than four miles of underground and aerial fiber-optic cable in Bangor, Maine, to expand its service reach there.

  • News Corp. (NYSE: NWS) may elevate COO and former DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) chief Chase Carey to CEO, depending on how founder Rupert Murdoch performs at the British Parliament hearing today on the phone-hacking scandal, according to Bloomberg.

  • Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq: IACI) launched Proust.com, a social network for seniors.

  • Here's an unusual sneak peek at Roku Inc. 's new over-the-top video set-top. (See Boxee, Roku Predict Pay TV's Transformation.)

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable, and Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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