Hulu Kids adds ‘Fraggle’
LOS ANGELES — The online video service Hulu has added some energetic mop-top characters from Jim Henson Family shows, including the classic 1980s children’s television series, “Fraggle Rock.” The Santa Monica, Calif., online venture will use the content to bolster its Hulu Kids corner, which is offered as part of its monthly Hulu Plus subscription service. Commercial-free episodes of “Fraggle Rock” and the other Henson creations were made available to Hulu Plus subscribers beginning Thursday. Hulu said it now boasts more Jim Henson Family titles than other video subscription service. Children’s TV shows have become an increasingly important draw for parents who turn to online video services to provide commercial-free content to entertain their kids. That has raised the stakes for Hulu Plus and rivals Amazon.com and Netflix.
Metallica to headline at the Apollo
NEW YORK — There will be a different type of Sandman featured at the Apollo next month. Metallica is set to rock the legendary Harlem venue on Sept. 21. They will promote their 3-D concert-action film, “Metallica Through the Never,” released in IMAX on Sept. 27 and other theaters a week later. It will also air live on a special temporary Metallica channel on SiriusXM. The Apollo, revered for its place in black entertainment and historic performances from the likes of James Brown to Michael Jackson, has become a venue for rock legends in recent years, including Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney. And while the Apollo is known for its “Sandman” character who boots weak contestants during its famous amateur show, “Enter Sandman” is one of Metallica’s famous songs.
From wire services