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Hulu: 'Virtual MSO' in the Making?

Speculation about the future of Hulu LLC leads today’s cable news roundup.

  • Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and News Corp. (NYSE: NWS) are thinking about pulling some free content from Hulu, and possibly recasting it as "an online cable operator that would use the Web to send live TV channels and video-on-demand content to subscribers." (See Move Over Net Neutrality – Hulu's Here!)

  • Seven networks will soon feature interactive TV ads delivered by the Canoe Ventures LLC cross-MSO initiative, but it's not clear how Canoe will pull off goal of delivering ITV ads to DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) and Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) homes. (See Canoe Boots Up Interactive Ad Campaign .)

  • Thousands of DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) subscribers may not be able to watch the Super Bowl on Fox at home unless Northwest Broadcasting cuts a retransmission consent deal. (See TV Contract Disputes Heat Up.)

  • Moovida hopes to make Google TV, Boxee , and Apple TV "look old" via a powerful media center and a nifty 3-D interface.

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

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