Xbox 360 Jumps Through Hulu's Hoop

Welcome to the TGIF edition of our cable news rundown.

  • Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) added Hulu Plus to the Xbox 360 today. But in order to watch The Office, Modern Family and other hit series, gamers must buy a $60 Xbox Live Gold yearly subscription, and shell out an additional $8 monthly for Hulu's premium tier. (See TiVo, Roku Hook Up Hulu Plus .)

  • Traffic from online video coverage of the Royal Wedding this morning broke the peak of 1.6 million live streams Akamai Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM) set during last summer's World Cup. YouTube Inc. expected to draw 400 million viewers to its live stream.

  • Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) will launch a 50Mbit/s (downstream) "Boost Plus" Docsis 3.0 service on Monday, giving the MSO a tier that sits between its 101Mbit/s and 30Mbit/s offering, according to DSL Reports. Cablevision declined comment. (See Cablevision Debuts 101-Mbit/s Wideband Service.)

  • All Things Digital confirmed the rumor that Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) has purchased the iCloud domain from Xcerion, a Swedish cloud computing firm. (See Apple May Bite On 'iCloud' Domain.)

  • After comparing Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) to the Albanian army, Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes claims that he now has a "fondness" for its subscription model. (See Netflix Takes Subscription Video Crown .)

  • Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) named former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and California Public Utilities Commission staffer Rachelle Chong regional VP of government affairs for California.

  • Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) will next week reopen 22 Blockbuster Inc. stores that had shut down on April 10. (See Dish's Baffling Blockbuster.)

  • Motorola Mobility LLC said set-top shipments jumped 20 percent in the first quarter, an interesting stat considering all the recent talk about set-tops going away and the fact that Moto rival Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) has seen its STB shipments sliding downhill of late. (See The Disappearing Set-Top , Can Videoscape Save Cisco's Set-Top Business? and Cisco: Set-Tops Are Going Away.)

  • Gary McCollum, SVP and GM of Cox Communications Inc. Virginia, was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.

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

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