Google in Early Talks to Buy Hulu

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bling581

"There are already rumors that Hulu subscribers could eventually be forced to prove they have a cable subscription, and future licensing deals are not guaranteed."

That's going a bit too far. I'm sure they have every right to do so since it's their content, but anyone who tries such an act is dumb for not getting with the times. Streaming is a big deal, and it's just getting bigger so they can try and fight it and lose out on potential dollars or just go with it.

Probably 90% of the content I watch on Netflix and Hulu Plus I would never pay money for anyway. I watch most of the stuff just because it's there and available. I think a lot of people can say the same thing. I chuckled when I was looking at movies at Best Buy (I know *gasp*) and I saw the Battlestar Galactica collection for over $100. It was a great series but I don't have that kind of money to buy every single TV series or movie that I found appealing.

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Holly Golightly

I most certainly hope so. I think Google, or anyone really... Would make Hulu a much better website to visit as their old management was too draconian! It seems all Hulu specialized in was blocking every portable media device and doubling and trippling their commercials. Long story short, Hulu's buy-off is good news!

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bling581

"It seems all Hulu specialized in was blocking every portable media device and doubling and trippling their commercials."

That's not Hulu's fault, well not mostly. The licensing agreements they hammer out with content providers have certain restrictions, such as what types of devices they can stream to. Why do you think content providers started flipping out when Time Warner cable started letting people stream shows to their iPad via a custom Time Warner app? Because they never gave them permission to do so. I don't agree with the content providers but that's beside the point here. If a content provider says "you can only show my stuff online and I want gobs of money to let you do it.." then they're not left with much choice than to block your media and make you watch all those commercials. I'd rather put up with a few extra commercials than see the monthly subscription fee go up to compensate for the cost of more content.

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Holly Golightly

Hmm, but still, it just does not seem to make any sense. I can take my laptop anywhere with me, and I can take a tablet anywhere with me. The only difference is one is backed by windows while the other is backed by Google's Android, BlackBerry's PlayBook or Apple's iOS... I, among many other people prefer to enjoy an ad-free viewing experience, which Hulu does not even provide for their paid members. This is simply greed at its finest.

The difference between the Time Warner app, and watching through a browser is that Time Warner launched the app on their own. Hulu is searchable on any browser... Yet, they restrict it by which browser you use. Somehow, it feels like the good 'ol times where I am forced to use Internet Explorer. I really think that maybe Hulu should launch a commerical-free subscription for those willing to pay. 

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nmanguy

I kind of hope Microsoft buys Hulu just to have Media Center support instead of a standalone app.

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Century22

The big G ruined YouTube, now they will probably ruin another one of my favorite sites.

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TerribleToaster

I wasn't aware that Google ruined UTube (granted they have ruined there fair share of things, but UTube was not one I saw as ruined). What exactly did they do that makes you think so?

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blimpboy3

This has alarm bells ringing all over the place. First google controls what you search, then they control what you view (youtube), then they get your personal information (googlee+), and now comes this.  People should be cautious of google, especially with it trying to monopolize the online media.

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Mighty BOB!

Yes I think Google has all of the resources to make Hulu a better service, buuut the limitation will come from the content creators who will oppose all of this.  The networks and studios basically killed Google TV because they refused to license anything, they'll do the same thing to Hulu if Google buys it, to the detriment of the consumer.

 

p.s. I am disappointed to see that the CAPTCHA is back even though it's proven to be ineffective.

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Alexsolon

Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't Echostar just purchase Hulu a few months ago?

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tkid124

Google may try to integrate Hulu & YouTube. They might even succeed, but it is not because Google doesn't have the resources to make YouTube into YouTube plus Hulu, the only thing they are missing is licensing. There are many reasons they don't have them, one is the content creation industry is not in the mood to be strong armed around by Google.

Maybe Google can pull this off, I just happen to doubt it.

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iceman08

"forced to prove they have a cable subscription"? F that noise. There's one reason that I visit Hulu, and that's to watch the shows for free. They already have ads in place to generate revenue. This will send it into a distant memory

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