it came up as a topic yesterday afternoon in this post, but in case anyone was wondering, Hulu did officially pull its content off of TV.Com. Writes Broadcasting & Cable:
The two parties are engaged in a dispute though neither party wished to shed any light on the nature of the talks. A Hulu statement today read simply, "Hulu has contractual rights with regards to our relationship with TV.com and we are exercising those rights. Out of respect for their confidentiality, we will not disclose our discussions." A spokeswoman for TV.com had no comment about the issue.
Hulu, which launched in beta in October 2007 and publicly in March 2008, has been a runaway success for its backers, even garnering some high profile read the rest on Broadcasting & Cablepromotion. But TV.com, relaunched by CBS in January, is also growing and offering up some increased competition for viewers that wish to stream their favorite shows online. According to a Mediapost story today, TV.com recorded a 1,261% increase in streams for January and a 263% increase in unique viewers in January, according to Nielsen VideoCensus data. -
Given the news of how much TV.Com is growing, and the competitive will TV.com nip at Hulu's heels nature of yesterday's post, this can hardly be a surprise. While it sucks for TV.com users, you can't blame Hulu for not wanting to aide TV.com in its pursuit of...Hulu.