Hulu drops its free video service

Hulu logo out of Legos

One of the online pioneers of streaming video, Hulu’s dropping its free tier to focus on its paid-only services.

Hulu, co-owned by Disney, Fox, Comcast, and (with a recent investment) Time Warner, has been offering as its main specialty episodes of recently-aired TV shows, mainly from over-the-air networks. However, there’s been plenty of streaming video changes since its 2007 debut, thanks to rival streaming service Netflix taking off.

Minorities in cartoons: “The Deep”

"The Deep" TV series

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “The Deep,” a CGI animated series. The series is based on a comic (of the same name) by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

“The Deep” follows the adventures of the Nektons, a famous family of undersea explorers who live in a large, high-tech submarine named “the Aronnax.” Traveling the world, the family gets involved with various aquatic adventures.

The world’s most popular apps I actually use

Social media apps

A study by research firm SensorTower reports that the world’s most popular apps (based on number of downloads) are largely dominated by Facebook. WhatsApp, a messaging app bought a few years ago by Facebook, is the most popular app by far, with 41.2 million global downloads as of May 2016. WhatsApp is followed by Facebook Messenger … Read moreThe world’s most popular apps I actually use

Cable TV boxes face new FCC rules, other challenges

Comcast cable TV box

A recent survey by Leichtman Research Group reports that 65% of US households have at least one TV set connected to the Internet. This includes smart TVs (TVs with streaming media apps built in), video game consoles, Blu-Ray players, and streaming devices (Rokus, Apple TVs, etc.). This number’s gone up from 44% in 2013. It … Read moreCable TV boxes face new FCC rules, other challenges