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Directv may consider buying Hulu again

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

  1. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Well that wold be an interesting prospect for TiVo.... They'd basically be trying to build a new cable company without owning any of the distribution infrastructure, only the start and end of the distribution.... And then they'd be direct competitors with all their current partners. That'd be interesting to see if partners wold drop them or continue with them as contracts come up. Patent licensing not withstanding of course.
  2. jasondm4

    jasondm4 Mentor

    Mar 4, 2010
    League City, TX
    I wish Directv the best and hope they get it. They should since it's in the advanced stages but you never know.
  3. wingrider01

    wingrider01 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 9, 2005
    Interesting, but looking at financials DirecTV for FE 2012, DirecTV has a lot more muscle in that department then TiVo
  4. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Everyone has more clout than TiVo, and not just in terms of financials. ;)
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  5. crkeehn

    crkeehn Godfather

    Apr 22, 2002
    I would be interested in watching it on my tablet, which requires an HD DVR connected to the internet. From the website:

    To watch live TV channels on your tablet or mobile device, you need an HD DVR connected to your home broadband network. Your device must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your HD DVR.

    The tablet DirecTV app is worthless to me. I can't use it for scheduling, streaming or much of anything else. I can use it as a schedule but that's it. At least the cellphone app will enable me to program my two dvrs and stream selected shows.
  6. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    So you have Internet access but don't connect any of your receives to the Internet? Or no hd? or no dvr?
  7. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    What tablet? And Inky's questions are pretty key, as well.
  8. SteveHas

    SteveHas Hall of Fame

    Feb 6, 2007
    Somethings not right here.
  9. Tubaman-Z

    Tubaman-Z Godfather

    Jul 30, 2007
    As long as whoever owns Hulu maintains the current free access to non-Plus content (so that I can stream it via PlayOn) I really don't care who owns it.
  10. crkeehn

    crkeehn Godfather

    Apr 22, 2002
    I can't have HD. LOS issues.
  11. crkeehn

    crkeehn Godfather

    Apr 22, 2002
    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.
  12. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    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.
  13. MCHuf

    MCHuf Legend

    Oct 9, 2011
    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.
  14. dod1450

    dod1450 Legend

    Dec 16, 2009
    Does Dish charge for Blockbuster? If not I think Directv should do the same.
  15. MCHuf

    MCHuf Legend

    Oct 9, 2011
    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.
  16. crkeehn

    crkeehn Godfather

    Apr 22, 2002
    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.
  17. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

    Feb 23, 2007
    Uxbridge, MA
    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.

    Full Story Here

  18. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    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
    New Girl

    and one of the following:

    Criminal Minds
    How I Met Your Mother

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

    Diana C Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 30, 2007
    New Jersey
    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.
  20. booboo

    booboo New Member

    Mar 2, 2011
    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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