Hulu's Live TV Now Includes 14 ViacomCBS Channels

Sam Blake

Sam primarily covers entertainment and media for dot.LA. Previously he was Marjorie Deane Fellow at The Economist, where he wrote for the business and finance sections of the print edition. He has also worked at the XPRIZE Foundation, U.S. Government Accountability Office, KCRW, and MLB Advanced Media (now Disney Streaming Services). He holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson, an MPP from UCLA Luskin and a BA in History from University of Michigan. Email him at samblake@dot.LA and find him on Twitter @hisamblake

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Starting today, Friday, April 30, 14 new channels from ViacomCBS are available on Disney's Hulu Plus Live TV. The move consummates a deal struck earlier this year between the two companies.

The new channels available on Hulu Plus Live TV include Comedy Central, BET, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., VH1, MTV and TV Land. Subscribers will also now receive on-demand access to new titles including "Freaks & Geeks," "Moesha" and "Sister Sister."


The move clearly displays ViacomCBS' strategy of balancing its legacy content business with the new dynamics of the streaming era.

It is a tension faced by many media companies that did big business in the pre-streaming era but have been forced to adapt as consumers have grown accustomed to on-demand viewing.

As the industry has evolved, three primary strategies have emerged: On one end of the spectrum is that pursued by exclusive platforms, including Netflix and Disney Plus, which offer content that cannot be seen elsewhere. On the other end, companies like Sony have found success operating as "arms dealers," supplying content to third-party platforms while refraining from creating their own streaming service.

ViacomCBS is pursuing a hybrid approach; it has its own streaming platform but also provides content to its competitors.

When the company unveiled Paramount Plus earlier this year, Chairman Shari Redstone laid out the blueprint.

"We're not about only linear or only streaming; we're about both linear and streaming," she said. "The industry is transitioning, but for consumers it's happening at different paces and in different places."

Hulu Plus Live TV will remain $64.99 per month. The package includes the core Hulu on-demand service, which goes for $5.99/month on its own, plus over 65 live TV channels.

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Greater Good Health Raises $10 Million To Fix America’s Doctor Shortage

Keerthi Vedantam

Keerthi Vedantam is a bioscience reporter at dot.LA. She cut her teeth covering everything from cloud computing to 5G in San Francisco and Seattle. Before she covered tech, Keerthi reported on tribal lands and congressional policy in Washington, D.C. Connect with her on Twitter, Clubhouse (@keerthivedantam) or Signal at 408-470-0776.

Greater Good Health Raises $10 Million To Fix America’s Doctor Shortage
Courtesy of Greater Good Health

The pandemic highlighted what’s been a growing trend for years: Medical students are prioritizing high-paying specialty fields over primary care, leading to a shortage of primary care doctors who take care of a patient’s day-to-day health concerns. These physicians are a cornerstone of preventative health care, which when addressed can lower health care costs for patients, insurers and the government. But there’s a massive shortage of doctors all over the country, and the pipeline for primary care physicians is even weaker.

One local startup is offering a possible answer to this supply squeeze: nurse practitioners.

On Wednesday, Manhattan Beach-based Greater Good Health unveiled $10 million in new funding led by LRVHealth, adding to $3 million in seed funding raised by the startup last year. The company employs nurse practitioners and pairs them with doctor’s offices and medical clinics; this allows nurse practitioners to take on patients who would otherwise have to wait weeks, or even months, to see a doctor.

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Minnie Ingersoll
Minnie Ingersoll is a partner at TenOneTen and host of the LA Venture podcast. Prior to TenOneTen, Minnie was the COO and co-founder of $100M+ Shift.com, an online marketplace for used cars. Minnie started her career as an early product manager at Google. Minnie studied Computer Science at Stanford and has an MBA from HBS. She recently moved back to L.A. after 20+ years in the Bay Area and is excited to be a part of the growing tech ecosystem of Southern California. In her space time, Minnie surfs baby waves and raises baby people.
PLUS Capital​’s Amanda Groves.
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On this episode of the L.A. Venture podcast, Amanda Groves talks about how PLUS Capital advises celebrity investors and why more high-profile individuals are choosing to invest instead of endorse.

As a partner at PLUS, Groves works with over 70 artists and athletes, helping to guide their investment strategies. PLUS advises their talent roster to combine their financial capital with their social capital and focus on five investment areas: the future of work, future of education, health and wellness, the conscious consumer and sustainability.

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