Chief Mouseketeer Bob Iger insisted Wednesday that Hulu’s owners are committed to selling the video streaming service. But what if no one is committed to buying?
Of the half-dozen companies known so far to have been invited in to kick the tires by Hulu’s bankers, only one, Amazon, strikes me as a plausible buyer. The rest seem to have been chosen simply because they have deep pockets (Google, Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon), or, in the case of Yahoo, because it has already expressed interest.
Google: Hulu is owned by the same networks that blocked Google TV from accessing their online content and have largely refused to license their content to YouTube. Given that history, I’m skeptical they would now agree to let Google buy Hulu. Google has also been attracting increased scrutiny from regulators, including the FTC’s current anti-trust investigation of Google’s handling of search results. Read More »