Hulu Move Suggests Internet Video Has Peaked, For Now

Cable companies seen as trying to restrain Internet TV and movies

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News that Hulu is pulling its video from other services raises the specter that Internet video is running up against a wall. Hulu's CEO explains that providers of its TV shows and movies wanted them pulled from Boxee, nifty software that turns a PC into an Internet media center.

Cable companies are seen as pressuring Hollywood as they try to beat back competition from the Web. They had to fear that Hulu was quickly pulling Internet video from its PC closet to the family room, where cable makes its money.

It's clearly a setback for those of us who want to see shows and movies freed from cable's constraints. We'll see how long cable can keep its hands on the lasso.