ON THE MOVE

H.R. Gray hires UA grad

as construction inspector

• H.R. Gray, a construction management company, has hired William Lynch, a recent University of Akron graduate, as an inspector.

• Nicole M. Hawks joined the Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston law firm and will focus on estate planning, elder law and probate law.

STREAMING TV

Hulu raises monthly price

on its Live TV package

Hulu's live-TV streaming service will cost $5 more per month, while its traditional video-on-demand service will be $2 cheaper.

Hulu with Live TV, a cable-like package with CNN, ESPN and a few dozen other channels over the internet, will cost $45 a month starting Feb. 26, as Hulu seeks to make that service more profitable.

The Hulu service includes its traditional video-on-demand service, which typically carries episodes of network TV shows the day after it airs.

That video-on-demand service itself will now cost $6 a month, down from $8, when bought without Live TV. An ad-free version stays at $12.

Viacom buys Pluto TV

in $340 million deal

Viacom Inc., which owns cable channels Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon, is plunging into the fast-growing world of streaming.

On Tuesday, the cable television giant said it has acquired live-TV streaming service, Pluto TV, for $340 million in cash. The move is designed to help kick-start Viacom's streaming efforts at a time when traditional media companies are scrambling to find ways to connect with younger consumers who are spending more of their time on YouTube, Netflix and Instagram.

Buying Pluto TV is a modest step. The Los Angeles company operates a small, ad-supported, internet-based service that offer live streams of more than 100 television channels, including news, sports and movies. Unlike subscription video-on-demand services such as Sling TV, Hulu and Google's YouTube, which provides feeds of the major networks, Pluto TV relies heavily on older fare.

PHARMACIES

Walgreens agrees to pay

fine over billing practices

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. agreed to pay $269.2 million to settle U.S. claims that the drugstore chain defrauded a federally funded health-care program over insulin drugs and a consumer-discount initiative.

The two settlements, announced Tuesday, cover allegations over improper billing. In the first one, the company agreed to pay $209.2 million to resolve claims it billed Medicare, Medicaid and other programs for hundreds of thousands of insulin pens it distributed to people who didn't need them. In the second, Walgreens said it would pay $60 million for overbilling Medicaid by not disclosing lower drug prices it offered in a discount program.