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AV After Dark #3: St. Ara of Macworld

February 18th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Welcome to the third installment of AV After Dark. Tom had childcare issues this week so we have this for you instead of a normal Tom/Dina offering. This time they guys discuss the Olympics and how it differs from market to market. What sport are Ara and Tom fans of? You’ll never guess (or maybe you will). Is there a future for OLED? What is Hulu doing right, what are they doing wrong? What about Netflix? They guys weigh in. Panasonic black levels are addressed as are recommendations for displays. Ara went to Mecca… we mean Macworld. Thanks for listening. You can find the HT Guys at their website and AV Rant right here. We really enjoy these collaborations and hope you do too. Thanks to listener Ted for both the Intro and Outro music. Check out more of his work at www.thesysmusic.com. To see our (mostly) complete collection of show videos, click here. Click here to get the HT Guys iPhone app, and here for the AV Rant version..

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  1. arbeck
    February 19th, 2010 at 01:13 | #1

    I agree with your criticisms of Hulu for the most part, but I think you haven’t hit the real reason that they aren’t trying to get onto TVs. Hulu purchases content from the networks. This is the same content that all the individual affiliates purchase and show. When Hulu launched the affiliates were quite mad. They’d purchased the exclusive right to show the content in their area, and the networks were stepping on that right. The networks countered that they weren’t selling the same thing to Hulu, since Hulu is showing the content on the computer; it’s different than what the affiliates are doing. If Hulu were to make a push to go to the TV every affiliate would sue their parent network for breach of contract.

    The networks may get this sorted out, but not until it comes time to renegotiate contracts with the individual affiliates.

  2. Rob
    February 20th, 2010 at 16:57 | #2

    I was just about to say the same thing as arbeck!

    With Hulu, it’s all about the affiliates. The local affiliates have a contract to be the sole television distributer of the networks’ content in their local area. The networks get around that contract by basically saying that Hulu doesn’t compete because Hulu is only on computer screens, not television screens. It’s a loophole.

  3. lesser evil
    February 21st, 2010 at 19:20 | #3
  4. February 24th, 2010 at 12:28 | #4

    Thanks for the credit, Tom.

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