News Corp. Shuts Off Hulu Access To Cablevision Customers – And Turns It Back On

Editor’s Note:  In an impressive display of internet censorship power, News Corp has been able to restrict internet access to outside providers to some of its websites.  Now that we know that this type of censoring ability exists, we can expect to see much more efforts to strangle internet service providers to comply with the media giants.  Not a good sign at all.  Also note that the following article is written by a News Corp employee so it surely has the kindest possible spin on this exercise of power.

Peter Kafka 
WSJ Digital

UPDATE: That was fast. People familiar with the situation say that News Corp. is changing tactics and will turn on access to and Fox programming on Hulu for Cablevision’s customers. This could take a “few hours” to roll out across the Cablevision footprint, I’m told.

One new twist to the Cablevision/News Corp. fight: News Corp. has cut off Cablevision subscribers’ access to its shows on Hulu, the video site joint venture, as well as on its own

Here’s a screenshot from columnist Seth Weintraub, taken this afternoon when he tried to watch a Fox show on the site, which is co-owned by News Corp., Disney’s ABC and GE’s NBC Universal:

News Corp.’s comment, via Fox Networks PR guy Scott Grogin: “ and Fox content on hulu is unavailable to Cablevision subscribers.”

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