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TV/Internet Convergence News of the Week

It’s been a week of convergence news in the television industry. Here’s a summary of the news, stats, and rumors to pop up in the last seven days.

Cablevision to test PC-to-TV service

While it’s unclear exactly how Cablevision plans to make its new media relay service work, the operator has put a stake in the ground saying it will test out technology to draw content from a consumer’s PC into the cable network, and then back out again to the TV. Inefficient method? Perhaps. Indicative of consumer demand? Certainly.

More than 25% of TVs sold in January are now connected to the Internet

Want some IP video on your TV screen? According to iSuppli, more than 25% of the folks who bought TVs last month already have it. Not that all of their TVs have direct hook-ups. Many of those connections come through game consoles, set-tops, Blu-ray players and the like. Many of them, in other words, come with some sort of paid IP video service attached.

Hulu to go subscription?

Speaking of subscription service, rumors are circulating again that Hulu may move to a subscription-based video model. This seems likely from a business perspective. Why? Subscription services work, and you can’t make and distribute TV content for free. (See Mark Cuban’s latest rant)

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