Report: Google in talks to buy Hulu

Both Google and Hulu are staying mum concerning reports that the companies are in preliminary talks for Google to buy the online video site.

Following a Los Angeles Times report that Google is among the potential buyers currently meeting with Hulu, a Google spokesperson told EW today, “We don’t comment on rumor or speculation.” A Hulu spokeswoman declined to comment as well. The paper’s unnamed sources also claimed Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo were also among those interested.

The article makes clear that all these sites are looking for a piece of the ever-growing tech pie because of the big-name advertisers attached to the TV shows featured on Hulu and, of course, its millions of users.


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  • craig

    that is bad news!..they already ruined YouTube with all the changes they made when they bought that site!

    • Eric

      Wasn’t the whole idea of changing YouTube to make it more hulu style?

      Honestly, I think this is the best the news could be. I trust Google with not ruining tv with too many ads or paid content more than I trust Yahoo, Microsoft, or really any of the TV Networks

      • Jimmy

        I wouldn’t bet on that. Google is a tech company that specializes advertising. I doubt seriously they would reduce ads and wouldn’t surprised if they increased them.

      • craig

        as someone that uploads on youtube frequently I can tell u that it has become a lot less fun and more corporate since google took over, they did away with the groups, made it harder to share videos with your friends and subscribers they made it all about advertising and less a social network to share your vids with friends and fans unless you are one there partners that they can make a buck off!

      • minister

        @Jimmy & Craig: So y’all don’t think Google should make a profit off Youtube? It’s an amazing amount of bandwidth, and this is the US o’ A after all. We run on profit.

        Not to say that Youtube wasn’t better before, but it’s not like Google pulled an Ebay on it or anything.

    • Matt

      Disagree – I have hulu (still on the free month promo) and it needs competent leadership who will continue to IMPROVE Hulu; while Netflix continues to add movies (and TV shows) Huly barely does anything – most of the TV shows are already on Netflix, and it doesn’t seem that they’ve added any big name tv shows from the major networks – which sucks, since their advertising campaign highlights that they carry shows from the major networks. Time for someone to steer Hulu in the right direction.

  • dee dee

    Maybe it will bring new life to GoogleTV

  • Michael

    is it Hulu where you can watch porn video

    • Chris

      Time for Netflix to add that.

      • minister

        Check out Sirens… kind of a soft-porny get the GF hot movie (and not bad plotwise either.) Think they just added it.

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