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Hulu, which has gone from a young upstart to a major source of online entertainment in just two years, has earned its share of detractors along the way. Case in point: Dish Network VP of Online Content Development and Strategy Bruce Eisen, who believes that Hulu poses a major threat to the TV industry and minces no words saying so.

According to Eisen:

“If I can watch Glee tomorrow morning and I don’t have to pay a pay TV service—I think that’s bad . . . If people decide that they don’t have to pay for pay TV, then one of the pillars (of the TV industry) starts crumbling,”

This is yet another case of a cable or other TV service provider exec complaining about the growing trend of “cord cutting”, wherein consumers receive their media from alternative sources than the traditional providers. Look for more and more industry discussion on this issue as cord cutting continues to rise.

Does Eisen have a point about “pillars of the TV industry” being threatened by Hulu and the like? More importantly, does it matter to you if he does? Visit the comments and leave your thoughts on the matter?

(via NewTeeVee)

18 Responses to “Dish Network Exec: Hulu Bad for TV Industry”

  1. Member [Join Now]

    Isn’t Glee on Fox? You can just watch it for free with an antenna. He could have at least used a show example that is on a cable channel so his comments would at least sound slightly less stupid.

    Most comments like this from the TV/Movie industry can be summed up as “blah blah blah, the market is changing and I don’t want it to because that is more work for us to adapt and I just want to keep raising prices for existing services because it is a lot easier to make more money that way.”

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    Tea [visitor]

    I think Mr. Eisen is conveniently ignoring that for a long time the TV industry provided entertainment for the end user without a fee; it managed to support itself with advertiser revenue alone. Cable TV bought us variety,but at a price. We live in a society where those who can provide a product, that is as good or better, for a lower price or even free, deserve to win the market share. Whining about the fact that you can’t compete isn’t going to get you more customers. Those who can’t compete are always the losers in the game.

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    steve [visitor]

    GOOD dish and direc tv our way over PRICE
    i pay over $90.00 mouth for junk reap off

  4. Member [Join Now]

    How can Hulu be bad for the TV Industry, when they ARE the TV Industry???

    From “NBC Universal, News Corp., The Walt Disney Company, Providence Equity Partners and the Hulu team share in the ownership stake of the company.”

    So when someone watched Glee on Hulu, News Corp makes money. When someone watches Glee on OTA FOX, News Corp makes money. When someone watches Glee on FOX on Dish Network, News Corp makes money. I don’t see the problem.

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      thenaillady [visitor]

      The problem is that the cable companies are the middle men. As more and more people subscribe to the internet and are able to watch these shows on line, many will continue to choose to drop their cable subscriptions. I have an aunt who was thinking about getting cable but decided not to because she could watch all of her favorite shows online. Do you think that the major networks aren’t aware of this trend as well? Mark my words, on of these days in the not so distant future, the major net works will choose to cut out the middle man and market directly to the customer online. This SCARES cable companies. No more sqabbling with cable providers over fees- good for networks bad for cable companies

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    Kaiser Sosay [visitor]

    Yes, Glee is on FOX, in HD, for free with an antenna. But people would rather pay hundreds of dollars/per year to get “free HD for life” so they have 300 channels of infomercials – or that one show they just can’t live without – or to watch a movie from 20 years ago (which is on 10 times per week).

    Can’t live without a Tivo? Buy a Channelmaster CM7000PAL (with was sold by Dishnetwork) or a Magnavox MDR-513H DVR. It may not be as intelligent as a Tivo (cant’ set it over the internet or from your phone) – but you will save $$$ in fees over the years.

    TV used to be free (like radio) – but now everyone has been conditioned to feel like they have to pay thousands/year per year on: tv with prem channels, satellite radio, cell phone with data package (have to be able to watch tv on my phone!) and all the equipment (which needs to be ‘upgraded every two years if it doesn’t break before that due to a 50 cent capacitor bulging or cold solder joint).

    High speed internet is almost a necessity, but people struggling to make ends meet and have no savings who have a big HDTV, blue ray player and a big movie library, surround sound system, Netflix, Cable/Dish with all the extra channels, and a smart phone with data package, Sirius/XM radio, PS3/Xbox with subscription, tv screens in the car, ect…. need a reality check! They need to sit down and add up how much the spend on entertainment every few years (not the per month amount – there is a reason why car salesman always want to talk in month payments and not total cost ;)

    If you can afford everything now and are saving enough for the future – great. But the people who have all the toys, and no savings, and carry credit card balances, you need a financial makeover.

  6. Member [Join Now]

    Eisen is clearly an idiot.

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    Frank Huber [visitor]

    Someday, maybe, we’ll be able to get CSI and House from a service llike Hulu. Huge benefits: No weather announcements covering up a third of the screen, no momentary gllitches causing audio & video dropouts, and maybe even fewer commercials!

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    That Guy [visitor]

    Eisen = Salty.

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    Robin [visitor]

    It’s called capitalism–make/follow the trends or die. Suck it up TV.

  10. Member [Join Now]

    Waa, Waa- I’m getting tired of listening to big-wigs cry about how much THEY are loosing- If the advertisers are paying the broadcast companies to air the shows, why do we also need to pay the same broadcast company to view them?
    Considering 99% of all TV/cable/ satellite/ broadcasting IS advertising, not only during breaks, but the lower 3rd graphics that got so big that they take up 1/2 the screen when you are trying to watch..and then charge us for the use of the viewing equipment too? Seriously? How much abuse do you think any customer will take. Okay, how about a compromise- maybe if you offered more reasonable rates, and let US pick and choose what WE want to watch, maybe we wouldn’t drop your service.

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    Joe Schmuck [visitor]

    Waa, Waa. I’m getting tired of people crying about no free codes, not enough free codes, free codes not working, etc., etc., etc.

    P.S. – The correct word is losing, not loosing.

  12. Member [Join Now]

    Why does every channel insist on putting their logo on a corner of the tv screen? Is it to thwart copying? I know the show I’m watching and the channel I’m on. It’s getting to the point I’ll drop “cable” and just go with Netflix and get my shows via DVD. My life doesn’t revolve around tv.

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    rac [visitor]

    I can remember when all major networks were free because they are given the air way from us and the government FCC!! ABC,NBC FOX,CW ETC…..if you lok into the background of it the it’s going ain’t right!

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    Sakrysta [visitor]

    I pay for Hulu by watching the ads. Why does he have a problem with that?

  15. Member [Join Now]

    Awww, I feel bad for the people who are bilking us for all that money. cut the cord now. it feels soooo good