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Directv may consider buying Hulu again

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by mkdtv21, May 22, 2013.

  1. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    CNBC is announcing they have 2 sources indicating Yahoo will be bidding for Hulu as well. Indeed, quite a long list of potential buyers. :)
  2. alnielsen

    alnielsen Godfather

    Dec 31, 2006
    ...- .....
    I completed a Directv Pulse survey today asking questions about my use of on-line media services.
  3. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

    Feb 23, 2007
    Uxbridge, MA
    Report: Yahoo becomes the latest company to place a bid on Hulu

    "The rumors on the potential sale of Hulu started circulating again a couple of months back. Now, according to AllThingsD, Yahoo is joining other big-name companies (such as Time Warner Cable and DirecTV) in the race to try and acquire the streaming service. Per the always-insightful sources "familiar with the process," Marissa Mayer & Co. submitted a bid for Hulu just this morning, though there are no details on how much the company is willing to spend on the video site. Something tells us we'll know more soon enough, but we can say with confidence that Yahoo is starting its holiday shopping really early."

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  4. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

    Feb 23, 2007
    Uxbridge, MA
    DirecTV Said Among 3 Hulu Bidders at $1 Billion or More

    DirecTV, the second-biggest U.S. pay-TV service, and two other bidders are each offering at least $1 billion for Hulu LLC, the online video website, said people with knowledge of the bid. The other two couldn’t be identified immediately. Los Angeles-based Hulu’s board has been weighing at least seven buyout offers and plans to narrow those to three or four in a few weeks, said the people, who requested anonymity because the deliberations are private.

    Bids of at least $1 billion increase the odds that owners Walt Disney Co., News Corp. and Comcast NBC Universal will sell Hulu after a previous auction and plans for an initial public offering faltered.

    Hulu would give DirecTV, with 20 million subscribers, a lower-cost online video offering alongside its more expensive pay-TV packages.

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  5. Billzebub

    Billzebub Godfather

    Jan 1, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I think you're right about growth slowing, but question whether it will soon start to slide. I think the slowing of growth is mostly due to market saturation (as you point out) and very little to do with streaming. PQ and convenience are what keeps satellite and cable companies in business, and if you check out the thread about how dard it is to use watch now even with fast download speeds I think you'll see the problems that streaming faces.
  6. kenglish

    kenglish Icon

    Oct 2, 2004
    Salt Lake...
    Where'd they get a billion dollars?
    Sounds like they're making money, even with those "outrageous" retransmission "demands".... :hurah:
  7. peds48

    peds48 Genius. DBSTalk Club

    Jan 10, 2008
    Where'd they get a billion dollars?
    Sounds like they're making money, even with those "outrageous" retransmission "demands".... :hurah:

    most companies likes to hoard their cash :) take a look at Apple 140 billion "under the mattress"

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  8. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    More like all their loop hole tax breaks.
  9. Aridon

    Aridon Mentor

    Mar 12, 2007
    I wonder if they plan on picking it up to lessen the impact of local agreement disuputes, give them a presence in the streaming market and perhaps use it to improve their on demand service, which is lacking.
  10. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

    Feb 23, 2007
    Uxbridge, MA
    They don't need a billion dollars cash to make that offer. They can leverage the funds, include stocks etc. to make a purchase like that. As long as the 'mortgage payments' are less than the cash flow Hulu would generate it makes sense.

    There are others ways to get it done as well.
  11. inf0z

    inf0z Legend

    Oct 15, 2011
    Any company the size of DTV needs to have investment funds. These funds are used to develop new products and services that continue to provide you with choices in their product. Usually a budget is built and a certain amount of money is allocated toward re-transmission costs which is completely different from the money used to invest in new technology for customers. As a consumer I am glad D* is attempting to improve their online services. This may also attract additional customers who aren't able to have dishes on their property which would lower the ARPU needed per an account to meet their desired financial goals.
  12. kenglish

    kenglish Icon

    Oct 2, 2004
    Salt Lake...
    I'm just jabbing at them a bit, since the Cable and satellite companies like to blame the stations for "raising prices".....
    Broadcasters use money (like from retrans) to improve service, create programming, etc
    Just like anybody else.
  13. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

    Feb 23, 2007
    Uxbridge, MA
    Sources: DirecTV will acquire Hulu by month’s end

    Several sources with knowledge of the ongoing Hulu acquisition talks tell PandoDaily that a deal is imminent and that DirecTV is the likely victor. The acquisition price will be written with a “B,” according to our sources, but just barely.

    It’s no secret that Hulu’s owners are seeking an acquirer for the premium streaming video on demand (SVOD) platform. Over the last several months reports have surfaced of bids from DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, Yahoo, KKR, Guggenheim Digital, The Chernin Group in partnership with AT&T, and Silverlake Partners in partnership with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. To further muddy the waters, the company is being advised by Guggenheim Partners, a sister company to the above mentioned bidder.

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  14. bakerfall

    bakerfall Godfather

    Aug 23, 2006
    I really hope DirecTV includes Hulu as an expansion of its DirecTV everywhere to existing subscribers. I don't see why they couldn't as Dish did effectively the same thing when they acquired Blockbuster.

    This could be very m'eh, or it could be fantastic for D* subscribers. I can't imagine D* acquiring Hulu to not use it as a value add. Let's hope so.
  15. woj027

    woj027 Icon

    Sep 3, 2007
    Portland, OR
    In my opinion, your two cents are worth a lot more than two cents. not to date some of us, but "When E.F. Hutton talks..."
  16. Volatility

    Volatility Legend

    May 22, 2010
    They may. I had previously confirmed with a person out of the Office of the President (lol i was talking to them about my employee account and we veered off topic ) they want Hulu as they are losing some customers to online streaming sites like Netflix. Buying a smaller competitor would help that and possibly help reduce churn and they may integrate Hulu with Direct Everywhere but it is to early to say. DirecTv's Hulu Everywhere ;)
  17. crkeehn

    crkeehn Godfather

    Apr 22, 2002
    Hey, that would work with me as long as they don't tie it too closely with DirecTV Everywhere as I don't have the hardware requirements to use it. I would love to see DirecTV subscribers getting access to Hulu Plus as part of their subscription.
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  18. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I've had Hulu + for a long time and I hardly use it. Perhaps D* can get rid of those commercials.

  19. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    I'm just curious what you mean when you say you don't have the hardware requirements to use it (Directv Everywhere). If you have a PC you're good to go.
  20. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

    Feb 23, 2007
    Uxbridge, MA
    TiVo fighting DirecTV for Hulu analysts claim

    TiVo is tipped to be among the potential suitors for Hulu, with the DVR company said to be a rival to DirecTV who, in reports late last week, was described as in “very advanced stages” to acquire the on-demand service. The suggestion, from market intelligence firm StreetAccount, described TiVo’s recent share price bump as on “follow-through from speculation on a Hulu acquisition”, Zatz Not Funny reports.

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