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Google Adding 'Channels' to YouTube, Looking to Compete With TV

Google is looking to make some major changes to YouTube in an attempt to keep up with the expansion in services that allow users to stream content directly to their TVs. Sources close to the matter told the Wall Street Journal that YouTube is planning to introduce new channels on the site, featuring both professionally produced, original content, as well as content that already exists on the...

Get a Free Month of Hulu Plus Just for Using IE9

Microsoft and Hulu are offering a pretty sweet deal: Visit Hulu.com/Plus with Internet Explorer 9, and you'll be offered a free, one-month trial of Hulu Plus simply for pinning the site to your taskbar. It's a significant improvement over the normal one-week trial, and all you have to do is stare at an extra icon for a little while....

April Fools' Day: The Most Horrible Time of the Year

Sadly, April Fools' Day has arrived. Every year on this day, tech companies across the country and the globe spend countless man hours and millions of dollars playing pranks on hapless consumers and frustrated tech journalists. In the past, we've been treated to such delightful jokes as Gmail Paper and every link on YouTube leading to a rickroll. Even NASA got in on the action by announcing it...

Criterion Collection Hits Hulu Plus, Film Geeks Rejoice

The Criterion Collection, known for its exhaustively detailed and tastefully packaged classic and art house releases, was launched this morning on Hulu Plus with 150 classic films, ranging from Kurosawa and Antonioni to Godard and Truffaut. Even heavy hitters like Chaplin and Bergman probably won't inspire many non-subscribers to throw down the monthly $7.99 fee, but you'll be able to get a taste...

'Daily Show' and 'Colbert Report' Return to Hulu

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are coming back to Hulu after a nearly year-long absence. In a blog post, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar announced that his streaming company had reached a new agreement with Viacom, meaning that, as of today, 'The Daily Show' and 'The Colbert Report' will once again be available on Hulu, and Hulu Plus. The agreement will also allow Hulu to stream current episodes of shows...

The NBC-Comcast 'Media Goliath' Merger Stirs Debate

On Tuesday, the FCC and the Department of Justice finally approved a major merger between Comcast and NBC, after more than a year of debate and what federal regulators called the most acute scrutiny a media merger had ever faced. The deal gives Comcast control over NBC Universal's TV and movie subsidiaries, in exchange for about $13.75 billion in cash and assets. Comcast will own 51-percent of...

Switched Weighs In: Gadgets, Apps and Tech That Made Our 2010

2010 has been a pretty packed year for tech. Streaming video came into its own with radically improved content choices and affordable living room hardware devices, Android and Apple's iOS dominated the cell phone market, the mobile app markets show no sign of slowing down and the iPad revealed a huge demand for tablets. We here at Switched have taken a look back over the past 12 months and each...

The Boxee Box Reviewed: The Good, the Bad and the Clunky

The poor, issue-laden Boxee Box has had a rough go of it. The streaming media box has been in a seemingly constant war with Hulu, and, after announcing at last year's CES that Boxee would launch using NVIDIA's Tegra 2 hardware, the manufacturer had to switch to an Intel-based solution, since getting the software running on NVIDIA's hardware proved to be too difficult. Despite of all the obstacles...

Online TV Viewers Willing to Sit Through More Ads, Research Shows

You may get impatient with those annoying 15-second ads you have to sit through before watching some online TV shows, but according to new research from Turner Broadcasting, most consumers may be willing to endure even more commercial airtime. To test consumer feedback, Turner fed different commercial formats to three randomized groups of visitors to the sites tbs.com and tnt.com. One group...

Hulu Plus Cuts Price to $7.99, Officially Launches on Roku

We were already enamored of Hulu Plus, thanks to its portability and $9.99 monthly price. But the benevolent gods of streaming video have slashed the monthly subscription to $7.99, making it even more attractive to people who are getting sick and tired of cable TV shenanigans. In addition to dropping two bucks from the price, Hulu is now offering a one-week free trial for those who are still on...

Boxee Box Launches with Software Update, Netflix and Hulu Plus Coming

The Boxee Box is finally here! Last night, at an event here in New York City, the Boxee crew celebrated the release of its much-hyped -- and overly delayed -- streaming media box. The booze-soaked event celebrated the launch of the angular box, but also marked the official launch of the new Boxee software, which has finally shed the beta tag. With version 1.0, Boxee is proclaiming that it's...

Hulu Plus Now Open to All Online, Coming to Sony TVs and PS3

Forget the in crowd with their fancy 'invites.' Hulu Plus is now available to everyone, as is its $9.99 monthly price tag. Additionally, the premium streaming service is now supported on all 2010 model Sony Bravia TVs, and PS3 owners will be able get in on the action next week. Roku owners, sadly, will just have to continue to wait....

Networks Blocking Google TV, Ruining Our Good Time

Our review unit hasn't even arrived yet and the networks are already raining on the Google TV parade. ABC, CBS and NBC are blocking Sony and Logitech devices packing Google's TV-oriented implementation of Android from streaming television shows. The appeal of Google TV is the ability to access streaming video from the Web, but limiting the content it can stream also limits our interest. The...

Hulu Plus Coming to Roku and TiVo, Puts Cable on Notice

In their review of the latest and greatest Roku box, the XDS, our pals at Engadget said, "add in Hulu support and it's game over, guys." Well, cue the dead 'Pac-Man' sound because Hulu Plus is coming to the Roku. For $10 a month, Roku owners will now be able to stream all of the shows they want from the vast archives at the popular Web TV outlet. Compare that with the $0.99 cent rentals on the...

Wikileaks Founder Lands Swedish Gig, Craigslist Killer Found Dead

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... WIkileaks founder Julian Assange has grabbed a column with Swedish publication Aftonbladet. While speaking to the paper's editor, Assange divulged his site's plans to seek Swedish constitutional protection and to release 15,000 more classified documents. [From: Mathaba] Phillip Markoff, the alleged "Craigslist Killer,"...