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AT&T Launches Entertainment Site

AT&T is getting into the online content business with the launch of its new website AT&T Entertainment.

AT&T Entertainment is focused on professional content offering TV shows and movies much like Hulu. Content providers include ABC, NBC Universal (via an agreement with Hulu), CBS, CW, Syfy and Bravo.

Users can find content by browsing TV shows and movies alphabetically, by genre, or by network or studio. The site is open to any user, whether you are an AT&T customer or not.

Netflix Now Streaming ABC Shows

Netflix announced today an agreement with Disney-ABC Television Group to stream a number of the broadcasters TV shows.

Netflix will now begin streaming the first five seasons of "Lost," seasons four and five of "Desperate Housewives," season five of "Grey’s Anatomy," and seasons one and two of "Legend of the Seeker." Many of the episodes, including the first four seasons of "Lost" are now available on Netflix. The rest will be available in the coming months, beginning in September.

Hulu Traffic Surpasses the Networks for First Time
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Compete is pointing to some interesting data, and suggesting that Hulu’s "evil plot to take over the world" might just be working. The popular video site has surpassed NBC, FOX and ABC’s websites in traffic for the first time. And that was last month.

"The networks’ traffic declined during the summer rerun season, but Hulu seems relatively unaffected," notes Compete’s Seth Madison.

Hulu Starts Sharing ABC Shows

A little more than three months ago, we learned of rumors that Hulu and ABC might partner.  About two months ago, they did.  And now, the arrangement’s finally reached a stage at which real people can see the fruits, as ABC’s content is becoming available on Hulu.

"Grey’s Anatomy" is the first show you’ll be able to see, with five episodes from the most recent season online now.  Granted, this isn’t a huge selection (and "Grey’s Anatomy" may not be the ABC television series you’ve been dying to see more of, anyway), but it’s a start.

Disney and Hulu Officially Get it Done
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Rumors have been swirling for about a month or so, but today the news is official. Disney and Hulu have entered a partnership that will see Disney content appearing on the increasingly popular online video site.

Yahoo Gets Boost In Traffic From Election

Yesterday the New York Times spoke of the ‘success’ of Yahoo during this election marathon that is thankfully winding up (I hope) in the next 48 hours. This election process has been a boon for news sites and the equivalent of a ‘millstone around the neck’ for people like me. How much more can one say or do or think or accuse or lie or point fingers about at this point?

Managing Your Google Reputation

More signs that online reputation management is becoming mainstream? Mainstream media, namely ABC News, decides to take a look at the importance of managing your Google reputation.

Journalist/Blogger Leroy Sievers Passes Away

Leroy Sievers passed away on Friday.

He won quite a few awards for his journalism and news production efforts over the years, working with NPR, CBS, and ABC.

ABC In Video Deal With Veoh

Disney-owned ABC has struck a deal with online video portal Veoh to make full-length television episodes from ABC and clips from ESPN available on Veoh.

The network will offer full-length episodes of prime time shows including "Lost," "Desperate Housewives" and "Grey’s Anatomy."

Veoh’s content includes user-generated clips along with content from major media companies like CBS, Viacom’s MTV Networks and USA Network. Veoh is backed by former Disney CEO Michael Eisner and other private investors.

ABC Pointing Some TV Advertisers Online

The practice of offering "makegood inventory" isn’t television-specific – you’ll often see a retail-store equivalent when something is substituted for an out-of-stock sale item.  Only it seems that ABC and advertisers are beginning to embrace the idea of online makegoods.

Disney To Offer Full-Length Movies Online

Disney.com said today the site will stream full-length movies online for the first time in the company’s history.

The films will first be broadcast on ABC as part of the network’s weekly Wonderful World of Disney feature on Saturday nights throughout the summer. The full-length movies will be available for free streaming the week after they air on the network.

ABC Stuffing More Commercials Into Online TV

Feeling safe in the knowledge that I could catch up online, I skipped "Lost" last Thursday night and watched PBS’s "Carrier" instead.  Then, on the ABC website, everything worked fine.  But in the future, watching shows on the ABC site may be a little more annoying thanks to extra commercials.

ABC.com To Test Running More Ads Online
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Disney-ABC Television Group will begin testing next week of running multiple ads with longform online videos on ABC.com.

"It would be premature for us to say people only want one ad," Albert Cheng, executive vp digital media at DATG, told THR. "It’s a likely sort of thinking, but we want to push it a little bit to see how it would go."

Botched Debate Draws Complaints By Thousands
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In case you thought you were alone, you’re not the only one miffed* at ABC’s Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos after last night’s "debate." Over 16,000 people have commented so far at ABCNews.com’s debate page—and most of it’s not good.

American Idol Boosts Fox Web Traffic

American Idol helped boost visits to Fox Broadcasting’s Web site, doubling traffic in January compared with December.

ABC News, Facebook Fail Together (So Far)
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With no disrespect to any particular anchor or employee, ABC News just isn’t one of my favorite entities.  It wasn’t overly disappointing, then, to learn that a joint venture with Facebook has thus far failed to gained traction or generate traffic.

Facebook, ABC News Partner On Political App

The concept of getting one’s news on Facebook sounds like a joke.  It’s not, though, and following a partnership between them, both ABC News and the social networking site are hoping the idea will take off.

ABC: Amanda’s Been Canned

Ex-Rocketboom host Amanda Congdon won’t have her contract renewed with ABC, after a year of working with the network.

TV Networks and Online Networking

NBC isn’t the only one making moves online. ABC, CBS and MTV are also in the news today for their online strategies.

ABC To Offer Free Downloads On AOL

Disney-ABC Television Group and AOL announced today the availability of full-length episodes of primetime shows on AOL Video.

The programming will be delivered on a co-branded version of ABC.com’s broadband player, full episodes of programs are available today at AOL Video and starting next week will carry ABC’s new fall lineup of programming.

CBS, Fox Still Stingy About Debate Footage

Activists on both sides of the political fence are thrilled that NBC, ABC, C-SPAN, and CNN have all agreed to allow Presidential debate footage to be legally shared, blogged, excerpted, and uploaded to video sites like YouTube.