Yahoo may buy Hulu for $2 billion, but with conditions

The Hulu streaming movie and TV show company is up for sale and according to one report it has some interest from Yahoo but only if a certain condition is met. Business Insider reports via unnamed sources that Yahoo could acquire Hulu for as much as $2 billion. However the report also claims that Yahoo would only be interested if it was given exclusive rights to Hulu's library of current and older TV shows for four to five years.

The same report claims that Hulu is willing to give five years of access to its movie and TV shows but will only give bidders two years of exclusivity. The unnamed source says that without a longer period of exclusive rights to the videos, Hulu is "not worth anything" to Yahoo. In fact it might be cheaper for Yahoo to make a competing bid for the rights to stream movies and TV shows on its own.

Even if this story is true Business Insider states that other prospective Hulu buyers, including Google and Amazon, have more money to spend to acquire the company than Yahoo. As we reported earlier this week Microsoft, who previously expressed interest in Hulu, has apparently pulled out of contention to acquire the company. A number of other companies, including AT&T, are allegedly still in the running to purchase Hulu, who put itself up for sale last month after receiving an unsolicited bid for the company.

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The only things awesome about Hulu are:
1. The technology they use - website is much better than Netflix's. Hulu desktop app is nifty too. Wish the streaming used Silverlight though.
2. The studios and their licensed content on it - Who'd visit Hulu without it?

Of course the only way it would still operate is if there's money made. Maybe charge more for ad placements? Lots of people are going on Hulu than TV these days. Plus their paid subscription needs to give more bang for the buck. If Hulu would just fix that, perhaps this venture would be more successful.

Hulu has a far better library of recent television shows than Netflix. I don't even have cable, and I only have to wait about a day for most shows to make it onto Hulu after they've been aired on regular TV.

CoMMo said,
Hulu has a far better library of recent television shows than Netflix. I don't even have cable, and I only have to wait about a day for most shows to make it onto Hulu after they've been aired on regular TV.

I have Netflix, Cable w/ premium channels and Hulu Plus. Hulu Plus is a great value.

M_Lyons10 said,
I think Hulu is overvaluing itself. I would be really amazed if anyone bought them for what they are asking...

You'd be surprised with the number of HuluPlus subscribers they already have and still has potential to gain a couple of million over the next few years if they can maintain rights to tv shows and keep adding content. On top of that, you have multiple suitors looking to potentially make a deal, so it's just a matter of who is going to make the most irresistible offer with the right conditions.

i'd rather have google or the pulled out bidder microsoft buy hullu any day over yahoo because they'd f-in ruin it just like all other stuff they took over ruined and killed.

Salty Wagyu said,
Who are Yahoo? People still use them? gosh.

You'd be amazed of how many people still use Yahoo. Especially their email.

aboi said,

You'd be amazed of how many people still use Yahoo. Especially their email.

and you would be surprised how many of those email addresses are hacked (or maybe not surprised)

warwagon said,

and you would be surprised how many of those email addresses are hacked (or maybe not surprised)

Or no longer the primary or in use at all?

warwagon said,

and you would be surprised how many of those email addresses are hacked (or maybe not surprised)

Yeah, if Yahoo Mail and Hotmail were to shut down we'd all collectively loose like 70% of the spam we get

Hulu was ruined once they started that subscription crap, and tricking people into watching 1:30 minute long videos just to have, "NOW SUBSCRIBE TO LAWL WHEN YOU COULD HAVE NETFLIX WHICH IS FAR SUPERIOR." and we couldn't finish watching it.

Joseph B said,
Hulu was ruined once they started that subscription crap, and tricking people into watching 1:30 minute long videos just to have, "NOW SUBSCRIBE TO LAWL WHEN YOU COULD HAVE NETFLIX WHICH IS FAR SUPERIOR." and we couldn't finish watching it.

Yeah, I'm not going to sit through 1-1.5 minute ads for that ****. Netflix is better, has roughly the same selection, and doesn't have any of that 1+ minute ad crap.

Elessar said,

Yeah, I'm not going to sit through 1-1.5 minute ads for that ****. Netflix is better, has roughly the same selection, and doesn't have any of that 1+ minute ad crap.

The advertising has been around since Hulu was launched, so I don't see how HuluPlus ruined anything.

Of course, when you pay for a service, there is no need for advertising subscribers who pay for the privilege of not being bombarded with ads. For those of us who enjoy free services, 1min advertisement breaks is a small price to pay to be able to watch our favorite tv shows anytime we want.

Joseph B said,
Hulu was ruined once they started that subscription crap, and tricking people into watching 1:30 minute long videos just to have, "NOW SUBSCRIBE TO LAWL WHEN YOU COULD HAVE NETFLIX WHICH IS FAR SUPERIOR." and we couldn't finish watching it.

I get many shows on Hulu Plus that I am unable to get on Netflix (i have a subscription to both). I don't mind the ads, as it gives me a chance to grab a drink or what not. It's only 3 minutes throughout the show, not enough to make me unsubscribe.

Ruran said,

I get many shows on Hulu Plus that I am unable to get on Netflix (i have a subscription to both). I don't mind the ads, as it gives me a chance to grab a drink or what not. It's only 3 minutes throughout the show, not enough to make me unsubscribe.

I thought Hulu+ got rid of ads? So why are you still watching them?

When I saw the snip of the title I all I saw was "Yahoo may buy Hulu for $2 billion, but with..."

I thought the title was going to read

"Yahoo may buy Hulu for $2 billion, but with what money?"

warwagon said,
When I saw the snip of the title I all I saw was "Yahoo may buy Hulu for $2 billion, but with..."

I thought the title was going to read

"Yahoo may buy Hulu for $2 billion, but with what money?"

HAHAHAHA!

warwagon said,
When I saw the snip of the title I all I saw was "Yahoo may buy Hulu for $2 billion, but with..."

I thought the title was going to read

"Yahoo may buy Hulu for $2 billion, but with what money?"


Hahaha