DirecTV latest suitor for Hulu

If you remember back in 2011, there was a rumor that Hulu was for sale, and DirecTV was one of the leading candidates to purchase the video streaming company That rumor is once again circling the Internet.

Reuters reports that DirecTV is once again interested in making a bid for Hulu, and the price tag is quite high. Apparently News Corp offered $500 million for the service just last month, and other companies such as Time Warner Cable are interested as well. If the acquisition does occur, it will be interesting to see what DirecTV does with this property. It’s possible that the company will use the material to expand their video on demand service, but if they’re going to spend that much money, they probably have bigger plans in place.

Hulu generated $700 million in revenue last year. They have three million paid subscribers and millions of users who pay no monthly fee. Both groups of users support the site by watching advertisements, but the paid subscribers have access to a deeper catalog of content.

Source: Reuters

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I hope businesses like Hulu hold out, and forge ahead on thier own. I would much rather pay a few bucks to them and amazon a month for access to content than pay a cable or sat provider 100-200 a month for 200 channels with nothing interesting going on. You know that's what they want to try and do too is force people back into paying for a cable/sat sub in order to get hulu access.

Please no telecoms. The whole point is to get away from them as much as possible. I'm worried any telecom take over means reduced service, higher costs, and a tie-in to a full TV subscription box etc.

DirecTV is NOT reasonable - compare their prices with other TV providers like Dish, Comcast, Cox and Verizon and you will see they are not reasonable.

I have had services with Charter. Dish and DirectTV. My bill is cheaper than Dish and I have everything.. all the movie channels plus sports. Charter was a bit cheaper.. but you get a lot more out of DirecTV

I disagree - feel free to post an image of channels in a comparison chart you will see that DirecTV shorts you on many channels and is more expensive.

sava700 said,
I disagree - feel free to post an image of channels in a comparison chart you will see that DirecTV shorts you on many channels and is more expensive.

Exactly. It's cheap for a little bit until they start screwing you... Lol

M_Lyons10 said,

Exactly. It's cheap for a little bit until they start screwing you... Lol

They're not the cable company, therefore they win by default. Their customer service is second to none.

tytytucke said,
Such a stupid thing to say.

You wouldn't say that if you had the experience I did with Comcast. I was on the phone every day for a month, for 2-4 hours a day, trying to get them to set my Internet up properly. At the end of the month, they finally figured it out and when I asked for compensation, they said, "We can't give you anything, but we won't charge you for the month you didn't have service." Gee, thanks.

DirecTV, on the other hand, has always gone above and beyond. We had a major snowstorm and with the way the wind was blowing, had a snow drift completely bury my dish. They sent someone out to clear the snow, but it was too high and the roof was too icy so the guy couldn't go up there. I called them back, and they gave me a $250 credit on my account so that I could hire someone to rake the snow off the roof, and I didn't even have to ask for it. Now THAT'S customer service.

Wrong

They have three million paid subscribers and supplement that with ad revenue from millions of users who pay no monthly fee.

They also supplement from ads played to the three million paid subscribers as well.