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What's Hulu Really Worth?

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    What?s Hulu Really Worth? | TechCrunch (click for full article)

    by Ryan Lawler - May 26, 2013

    "Hulu is on the block again, as its corporate parents (and content partners) are taking bids for the streaming video site. According to multiple reports, there are now seven bidders for Hulu, including pay TV operators DirecTV and Time Warner Cable; private equity firms KKR, Guggenheim Digital, The Chernin Group, and Silverlake Partners (along with talent agency William Morris Endeavor); and, coming in at the last minute is media-tech company Yahoo."
     
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    Yahoo reportedly willing to pay up to $800 million in bid for Hulu | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Chris Welch - May 26, 2013

    "Apparently Yahoo has some deep pockets: the company has reportedly bid somewhere between $600 million and $800 million in its quest to assume ownership of Hulu.

    Those figures come from All Things D, which first reported Yahoo's interest in the video streaming site last week. According to the report, exactly how much Yahoo pays would vary depending licensing specifics and the amount of control Hulu's current owners - Fox, ABC, and Comcast - maintain over their programming. That situation would likely hold true for Hulu's other bidders including DirecTV and Time Warner Cable.

    Just last week, Yahoo agreed to pay $1.1 billion for Tumblr, a high-profile acquisition that CEO Marissa Mayer has pledged not to "screw up." The company has also steadily been working to expand its video output by securing new content deals, though it has also met some hurdles of late: an attempt to purchase Dailymotion last month was promptly derailed by French officials."
     
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    DirecTV Said Among 3 Hulu Bidders at $1 Billion or More - Bloomberg (click for full article)

    by Andy Fixmer & Alex Sherman - June 1, 2013

    "DirecTV (DTV), 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. (DIS), News Corp. and Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)'s 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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    I would have to read a $1 billion offer to understand how that could be possible but I would think there are a lot of contingencies and requirements regarding content guarantees from the Hulu owners. I haven't seen official Hulu financial results but the few articles discussing profits from the service hint at results that can't begin to support that amount, or even a small fraction of that amount.
     

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