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In race with Netflix, Hulu cuts price to $7.99

Internet video company Hulu slashed the price of its subscription service Hulu Plus, which made its official debut Wednesday. Hulu knocked down the monthly cost to $7.99 from the preview price of $9.99. Users who subscribed to the preview service, which was available in June, will receive a credit for the price difference, the company said. Get the full story »

Apple in talks with media giants to rent TV shows

Apple is in talks with several media conglomerates to allow consumers to rent TV shows through iTunes according to a report in Bloomberg Tuesday, which cited three unnamed sources familiar with the situation.

Apple is in serious discussions with News Corp. to allow viewers to rent programming from its Fox network for 48 hours, the report said, adding that Walt Disney and CBS are in talks with Apple as well.

Representatives from Apple, Walt Disney, News Corp. and CBS declined to comment. Get the full story »

Blagojevich to make the talk-show rounds

Add Meredith Vieira on “Today,” Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” and local radio interviews with WVON-AM’s Cliff Kelley WLS-AM’s Don and Roma Wade to the first wave of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s renewed media offensive.

No sooner did “Fox News Sunday” announce that it would have Blagojevich’s first post-trial Sunday-morning news show interview this weekend than the rest of his dance card filled in.

Reporter/anchor Pender out at Ch. 32

Nancy Pender is set to leave WFLD-Ch. 32 next month after 13 years as a reporter and weekend anchor at the Fox-owned station.

A Channel 32 spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday that Pender’s contract is not being renewed.

Comcast says ABC, CBS, FOX cool with NBC deal

Comcast has told the Federal Communications Commission that it has reached deals with TV stations owned by ABC, CBS and Fox to allay their fears that they will be at a disadvantage if the nation’s biggest cable operator completes its purchase of  NBC.