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In response to Hulu yanking its content from the CBS Interactive-owned TV.com video portal earlier this week, CBSissued the following statement last night: “CBS Interactive is well within its rights to stream Hulu video content on TV.com under its agreement with Hulu. We are evaluating our […]

In response to Hulu yanking its content from the CBS Interactive-owned TV.com video portal earlier this week, CBSissued the following statement last night:

“CBS Interactive is well within its rights to stream Hulu video content on TV.com under its agreement with Hulu. We are evaluating our next steps at this time.”

Hulu’s distribution agreement with TV.com dates back to when TV.com was owned by CNET. CBS purchased CNET last year and relaunched TV.com last month as a video portal rival to Hulu. Adding a twist, TV.com was able to show content from CBS, FOXand NBC, but Hulu, which doesn’t have a content deal with CBS, offers NBC and FOX content but can only provide links back to CBS shows — not embedded videos.

As we wrote Wednesday, since its relaunch, TV.com has gotten a nice traffic bump (with some help from Hulu’s content) and is not interested in letting that go. It’s basically an old-fashioned old media fight on a new media playground, with NBC and FOX in one corner and CBS in the other.

  1. Surprising; no major Boxee fan complaints about this content move, may be it is no great loss to the consumer, all you do is go direct to the sites themselves and view but with advertisements.

    Ads seem to be less of a burden know a days, especially if the contents free!

    Seems HULU’s pilot project on the inseption of the TV.com distribution agreement has paid off, time too see if the Pirate Bay trial goes HULU’s way, otherwise for me, hulu has created a closed wall.

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  2. [...] now and no one is sure what’s going to happen next. Just this week, Hulu and rival TV.com got into a spat over content, and under pressure from its content partners, Hulu asked to be removed from the Boxee [...]

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  3. Chris Albrecht Friday, February 20, 2009

    @Neno,

    There are plenty of upset people leaving comments over at the Hulu Blog.

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  4. Yeah Chris, I here yah.

    I just thought it would be mad crazy all over the place.

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  5. [...] now we’re witnessing the first shots be fired in what could become a full-blown war between NBC and FOX on one side and CBS on the other, with cable providers getting ready to open up [...]

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  6. [...] now we’re witnessing the first shots be fired in what could become a full-blown war between NBC and FOX on one side and CBS on the other, with cable providers getting ready to open up [...]

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  7. [...] 60 Minutes watchers on CBS properties. The rivalry between Hulu and TV.com heated up recently as Hulu yanked its content from TV.com, something TV.com says it will [...]

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  8. [...] on the site. in other words: You won’t find any CSI references with the feature, thanks to a long-standing spat between CBS Interactive and [...]

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