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Directv may consider buying Hulu again


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#51 OFFLINE   crkeehn

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 01:13 PM

What tablet? And Inky's questions are pretty key, as well. 

I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9.  The cell phone app runs fine on it and I can stream a limited selection.  The Tablet app apparently requires HD service and an HD DVR and consequently any feature that requires communicating with the DVR doesn't work.

 

As I responded to Inky, I have been informed that I can't have HD service due to Line of Sight issues, consequently I'm restricted to SD service with an R-15 and an R-16.



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#52 OFFLINE   inkahauts

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 02:28 PM

When was the last time they checked?

I am mot sure ive heard of this since they got all Hi Definition programming to 103. And 99 which are so very close to 101 where you are getting all your sd.

It used to be that hd came from 119 which can have all kinds of Los issues for people who have no issues with ad programming. But since the move to only 103 and 99 you'd have to have one heck of a tiny whole for Los to get SD and not Hi Definition.



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 08:40 AM

I don't have anything against DirecTV, but I don't want Hulu being bought by any pay-tv provider. While it would be great news for DirecTV subscribers, it would be bad news overall for consumers. Eventually an alternate to traditional pay-tv would disappear and just become another offering from an entrenched player. Hulu is already owned by entrenched players and it is nowhere near what it could be because those guys don't want a real alternative. Being owned by DirecTV or TWC (another company mentioned a few weeks ago) would just be more of the same or even worse. I think being bought by someone like Yahoo or Tivo would be better in the long-run for competition and consumers.



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 08:48 AM

I don't have anything against DirecTV, but I don't want Hulu being bought by any pay-tv provider. While it would be great news for DirecTV subscribers, it would be bad news overall for consumers. Eventually an alternate to traditional pay-tv would disappear and just become another offering from an entrenched player. Hulu is already owned by entrenched players and it is nowhere near what it could be because those guys don't want a real alternative. Being owned by DirecTV or TWC (another company mentioned a few weeks ago) would just be more of the same or even worse. I think being bought by someone like Yahoo or Tivo would be better in the long-run for competition and consumers.

  Does Dish charge for Blockbuster? If not I think Directv should do the same.


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Posted 21 June 2013 - 09:22 AM

  Does Dish charge for Blockbuster? If not I think Directv should do the same.

Dish does charge for Blockbuster. They are using the name for pay for rental VOD service and renamed the Dish Platinum package to Blockbuster@Home, added the disc-by-mail service to it and renamed the free On Demand to Blockbuster. While they did greatly improve online streaming, you must be a Dish subscriber to access it.

 

I can't see a DirecTV owned Hulu offering a free version, even with the ads.



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 02:10 PM

When was the last time they checked?

I am mot sure ive heard of this since they got all Hi Definition programming to 103. And 99 which are so very close to 101 where you are getting all your sd.

It used to be that hd came from 119 which can have all kinds of Los issues for people who have no issues with ad programming. But since the move to only 103 and 99 you'd have to have one heck of a tiny whole for Los to get SD and not Hi Definition.

It was about 2 years ago that they checked.  At that time I was informed that the dish was aimed at the SD satellite through a notch between two trees.  It was big enough to allow access to the 101 but not to the two HD satellites.  Neither the installer or supervisor were able to obtain a clear signal.



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Posted 06 July 2013 - 06:22 AM

Hulu Deadline for Final Bids Arrives: Keep an Eye on DirecTV
 
Hulu and its corporate parents are accepting final bids for the online video service on Friday, and according to several individuals close to the process the field has whittled down to three companies: Guggenheim Digital Media, Chernin Entertainment/AT&T and DirecTV.
 
But keep your eye on DirecTV.
 
Here's why: Chernin is bidding with AT&T, but the telecom giant is driving that bid, according to one knowledgeable individual. Hulu management is apparently wary of being owned by AT&T. 
 
Observers of the M&A landscape are skeptical that Guggenheim has the intention to step up to the desired $1 billion selling price.
 
That leaves DirecTV. Buying Hulu would give the satellite service a major foothold in the digital world.
 
 
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Posted 06 July 2013 - 08:38 AM

With the viewing restrictions in play, Hulu is a whole lot less interesting.

If even Hulu Plus doesn't offer the top five plus one other of the top ten, the appeal to cord-cutters would seem to diminish quickly. Last season that would have looked something like:

Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Grey's Anatomy
Revolution
New Girl

and one of the following:

Elementary
Criminal Minds
How I Met Your Mother
Office
Grimm

Of the half-dozen shows I follow, that gets the top three and one I was considering adding.

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 10:29 AM

The big variables going forward for Hulu (and, btw, this means Hulu Plus: the free version can really be considered dead, or a limited trial version at best) is what DirecTV's distribution network and the new attitude at CBS regarding Internet delivery will mean.

If they make Hulu content available to all DirecTV subscribers (at an additional cost, I would assume), and if even a small percentage take the offer, it would significantly increase Hulu's revenue stream, giving it more leverage in going after content. If they use that to pick up the top CBS shows that are either not currently available online, or are in very limited availability, then this could turn into a very competitive service. Add in the Criterion Films deal and Hulu is looking a lot better.

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 03:23 PM

Take two of the sale of Hulu is approaching its inevitable end, as multiple sources report the final bids have come in. Currently the site is owned by Disney, Fox and Comcast, while reported interested buyers include DirecTV, Chernin Group / AT&T and Guggenheim Digital Media. Of the potential buyers, The Hollywood Reporter reports Guggenheim would be the one most likely to retain the site's "entreprenurial spirit," while DirecTV may want to use it both as a part of its satellite package and as a standalone business. Finally the Chernin Group is reportedly backed by AT&T, which may have goals similar to those of DirecTV. According to the Wall Street Journal, the site's current owners are considering how potential buyers will want to license content going forward as part of the bids, with potential restrictions on their top rated shows, or longer windows before content is available on Hulu. We'll have to wait and find out who had the best pitch before we move on to the next step -- deciding if whatever Hulu becomes under new ownership is still worth visiting.


I got this story from Engadget. Looks like we will know something soon. I recently dropped Hulu plus basically because it sucked in my opinion.
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Posted 06 July 2013 - 04:45 PM

Hulu has been down the sale road before, and in the end nothing happened.  The problem is that Hulu is only as valuable as the content it carriers.   The providers of the content can walk whenever they want, so unless you have a long term deal locked up Hulu is only worth the platform.


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 11:31 AM

Looks like you were right. Hulu is off the market.

 

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 11:37 AM

IMHO, good! I'd rather see DIRECTV use that $1B on something else. If they have the money burning a hole in their pocket I'd rather see them spend it on buying NetFlix.


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 01:49 PM

Well, there goes my thinking that NFL Sunday Ticket replays will be on Hulu instead of iTunes.


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 03:37 PM

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:06 PM

Looks like you were right. Hulu is off the market.

 

http://www.engadget....rket/#continued

Shows me ABC/Disney, Fox, and NBC were never serious.

 

The buyers wanted long term deals and none were willing to do that.   It's like when the key man leaves a closely held business....he goes so does the business.....here content is king and if ABC, NBC, and Fox could peddle their shows to multiple outlets then Hulu loses value.



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Posted 13 July 2013 - 05:57 AM

Update: Bloomberg: Time Warner Cable still in talks to buy stake in Hulu
 
Hulu may have put the kibosh on auctioning itself off wholesale, but it looks like some money may still be changing hands. Citing three people familiar with the situation, Bloomberg reports that Time Warner Cable is still participating in talks to purchase a stake in the streaming firm. According to the same trio of sources, TWC was previously interested in nabbing a 25 percent claim in the outfit, and an agreement could be reached within two weeks. Hulu could soon have extra cash in its coffers from the cable giant, in addition to the $750 million its owners just vowed to pour into it, but it's entirely possible this deal could fizzle out too.
 
 
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Posted 13 July 2013 - 06:24 PM

Add in the Criterion Films deal and Hulu is looking a lot better.


Pardon my going OT, but is the Criterion material commercial-free on Hulu Plus?

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