KPCC creates podcast venture; Hulu to carry NASA programs; Netflix expands into India;
KPCC owner Southern California Public Radio launched a podcast network today, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The new LAist Studios will create audio stories inspired by L.A., and its first lineup of podcasts will be overseen by Angela Bromstad, former NBCUniversal president of primetime entertainment. Investor Gordon Crawford contributed $1.5 million to help launch the podcast network, which will be based in Pasadena.
Santa Monica-based streaming service Hulu will now feature live TV from NASA. According to Variety, the deal will give Hulu subscribers access to the NASA X, NASA 360, and NASA documentary channels, which profile new technologies and the team of engineers, researchers and scientists that develops them. NASA content will be included in the standard ad-supported version of Hulu, which costs $6 per month.
Netflix Inc. is testing a version of its service that only allows mobile streaming. According to The Verge, Netflix said in a letter to investors that the mobile plan will first launch in India “to introduce a larger number of people in India to Netflix and further expand our business.” Netflix's average revenue per user in India is far below the company's $5 average.
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