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 more

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 more

DreamWorks creating “Home” TV series for Netflix

Tip & Oh

DreamWorks has made a large volume of material exclusively for Netflix, from “Turbo FAST” to “The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show.” However, the quality of DreamWorks’ shows has varied. From what I’ve seen, some of their shows have a few too many bodily function gags, of the sort that should’ve died out by the 2000s. “Peabody,” for instance, has a classmate … Read more