Weekend Reader: Hulu, Stage6, WB


Don’t miss these interesting online video weekend reads. Click through to find out about:

Hulu’s developers burning through $15 million and hamming for the camera. This Fortune story is all Hulu coronation until CBS’ Quincy Smith steals the show in the second-to-last paragraph, with a couple nonchalant money quotes. Hulu CEO Jason Kilar calls him nearly every day, Smith says; so far he’s not convinced. “If the web is just another way to watch TV, I think I’m going to slit my wrists.” Confession: I may have missed seeing this story last night while watching Arrested Development on Hulu yet again. Bets are on Hulu launching next week. (Fortune)

LiveUniverse complaining about DivX not letting it buy Stage6. Who knew you could pack so much drama into a press release? LiveUniverse wanted to pay $3 million plus revenue guarantees to combine Stage6 with its recent Revver acquisition and its LiveVideo site. DivX declined and shut down Stage6. Now LiveUniverse has launched a LiveVideo account (huh?) for shareholders to rally around. Meanwhile: Stage6 used its home page to encourage its former users to use Veoh. (press release)

The WB reincarnating as a web site. WB-produced series from its defunct network will get a second life online, according to MediaWeek. That means Gilmore Girls, Everwood and What I Like About You for sure, and potentially outside-produced stuff like Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which is actually already on Hulu), Felicity and Dawson’s Creek. Basically, all the stuff women of a certain age own on DVD and wonder why. Warner Bros. did not confirm the project. Related: Television Without Pity’s founders left the site a year after being acquired by Bravo. (MediaWeek)


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