The various channels/networks that offer online streaming are working with your favorite cable/satellite companies to require you to have a cable/satellite subscription, thereby assuring these channels/networks that you are paying retransmission fees before you can watch streaming content. This "authentication" process could affect all streaming sources, perhaps even Netflix and Amazon. Last Thursday numerous news sources reported that Hulu co-owners Disney (ABC), News Corp (Fox), and Comcast (NBCU) were about to buy out Providence Equity Partners, the only non-media owner. In itself, this is not unusual as startup capital providers frequently divest themselves after a few years. But over the weekend, The New York Post reported: As many of us here already know, Fox now delays access to new weekly episodes online unless you "authenticate" your "cable" subscription through your provider such as Dish Network. And reports indicate that Fox is negotiating with Comcast to set up the same arrangement, which is ironic since Comcast owns all the NBCU channels and they are both owners of Hulu. Earlier this month the following news release was issued: I wondered what Rupert Murdoch's News Corp had in mind when they told their local Fox affiliates to pay $1 per cable/satellite subscriber or cease being an affiliate. There was no confusion on Murdoch's part at all - you won't get access on line unless you are, in fact, a subscriber.