Netflix not interested in buying Hulu

You might think that with the Hulu streaming service now up for sale, its biggest rival Netflix might be interested in purchasing the company. But oddly that doesn't appear to be the case. The Wall Street Journal reports that not only does Netflix have no interest in buying Hulu but Hulu's current owners also don't have any interest in selling the company over to Netflix.

What's the problem? Well the current owners of Hulu are also the parent companies of the Fox, ABC and NBC television networks and all three networks already have TV shows that are available for streaming via Netflix. According to the story, "selling Hulu to Netflix would reduce the number of suppliers for their content, destroying competition for their shows rather than increasing it."

Meanwhile, the sale of Hulu has now left "phase one" of its sale process meaning it has given presentations to various companies. Earlier this month it was reported that Google, Yahoo and Microsoft were all interested in purchasing the company. Today's story has added two more companies that have expressed interest in Hulu: the web site retailer Amazon.com (which already owns and operated its own downloadable movie and TV service) and the satellite TV operator DirecTV.

The second phase of the Hulu sale is expected to start soon. That's when all potential buyers of the company look into Hulu's financial books and numbers. That includes the contract agreements that the three TV networks have to show their shows on Hulu.

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Someone correct me if I'm wrong but does Hulu show good quality movies that JUST RELEASE on DVD or Blu-Ray the very day of release to stream??

sava700 said,
Someone correct me if I'm wrong but does Hulu show good quality movies that JUST RELEASE on DVD or Blu-Ray the very day of release to stream??

How can u be corrected when u r asking a question instead of a statement ?
No, i don't have the answer to ur ques.

Even though Hulu doesnt have the greatest layout, but it works ok. If netflix bought hulu they would probably screw it up and put that stupid layout they have on there now, who ever made that needs to be fired, im going to drop netflix just for that reason alone. It is hands down one of the worst and most hard to use layouts I have ever seen.

reidtheweed01 said,
Even though Hulu doesnt have the greatest layout, but it works ok. If netflix bought hulu they would probably screw it up and put that stupid layout they have on there now, who ever made that needs to be fired, im going to drop netflix just for that reason alone. It is hands down one of the worst and most hard to use layouts I have ever seen.

how so? its now just a standard ui across every platform. (well, except the unique ui of the 360)

spudtrooper said,

how so? its now just a standard ui across every platform. (well, except the unique ui of the 360)

Have you ever tried to browse the movies on a computer?

reidtheweed01 said,

Have you ever tried to browse the movies on a computer?


What are your specific problems with it? Because I have no trouble browsing the new layout.

One side of me thinks that would be pretty cool, because I bet Microsoft can do some cool things with Hulu. On the other hand, I'd love to see clients for game consoles and devices other than Xbox, Zune, and Windows phones/tablets... and that might be less likely with Microsoft installed.

Aaron44126 said,
One side of me thinks that would be pretty cool, because I bet Microsoft can do some cool things with Hulu. On the other hand, I'd love to see clients for game consoles and devices other than Xbox, Zune, and Windows phones/tablets... and that might be less likely with Microsoft installed.

Its Microsoft, not Apple.

Xionanx said,

Its Microsoft, not Apple.


Oh, right, the company who only supports their formats on their own platform. The company that used to also support (well, at least to some extent) Windows Media formats on OS X, but stopped supporting it a few years ago. While Apple fully supports their media formats on both OS X and Windows. And Microsoft has NEVER supported the Zune on anything but Windows.

roadwarrior said,

Oh, right, the company who only supports their formats on their own platform. The company that used to also support (well, at least to some extent) Windows Media formats on OS X, but stopped supporting it a few years ago. While Apple fully supports their media formats on both OS X and Windows. And Microsoft has NEVER supported the Zune on anything but Windows.
QuickTime is one of the worst pieces of software on Windows. It's riddled with bugs and security vulnerabilities.

Microsoft does support WMV on Mac through Flip4Mac ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flip4Mac ). Realistically, if you really want it on a Mac, then you should download VLC player.

Here's hoping that whoever does buy Hulu manages to improve the service without reducing it to an ad strewn nightmare.

Xionanx said,
Here's hoping that whoever does buy Hulu manages to improve the service without reducing it to an ad strewn nightmare.

Its already an ad strewn nightmare.

"selling Hulu to Netflix would reduce the number of suppliers for their content, destroying competition for their shows rather than increasing it."

Makes sense. Also means Netflix has to continue to compete only making both services better.