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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