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Old 06-23-2011, 05:21 AM
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Hulu for sale and it's future in doubt. Another blow to streaming?

According to Deadline Hollywood, a TV & Movie web site that concentrates on the business side of Hollywood (It's not a gossip site) Hulu is for sale. Nikki Finke the founder and head of the site has very good sources and a very good track record on these things. The article suggests that Hule may be shut down or drastically changed.

Here's the link http://www.deadline.com/2011/06/hulu...w/#more-142478

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Old 06-23-2011, 06:46 AM
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Report: Hulu Up For Sale

Well, our Beloved SageTV has been sold adn it has been a hard to swallow pill for us end user. So now, HULU is up for Sale! Read on as many of us use the HULU plugin (I do)!
Full Story at: http://www.homemediamagazine.com/hul...for-sale-24290

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Old 06-23-2011, 10:13 AM
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Or more likely this is a case of someone trying to cash in on Internet Bubble 2.0. (See current stock prices of NFLX and LNKD and upcoming IPO of Facebook)

There is a story on Bloomberg that Hulu may sell at as much of 50 times earnings. Media companies like Disney and News Corp (two of the current ownders of Hulu) trade at around 15 times earnings - being able to sell something at three times the multiple is very accretive to your bottom line. This would make Hulu worth about $2 Billion (Source http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-0...-real-m-a.html)

Companies like Amazon, Yahoo, Microsoft, Google, etc may be very interested in owning Hulu - assuming that it continues to have the ability to get online streaming rights to media content.
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:52 AM
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Maybe Google will buy hulu and merge it in as a native part of the next GoogleTV box, along with SageTV's DVR capabilities.

Regardless of what the next GoogleTV iteration is, it would be great if it worked as an extender with the current SageTV. They wouldn't even have to make a big deal publicly about that aspect - just drop a note on this board saying "by the way, if you still have SageTV, this new box will work as an extender for it"....
(one can wish, can't one?)
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:11 PM
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Bandwidth is not free, and may become more and more tiered in the future. Despite what Netflix thinks, I don't believe streaming over the Internet will become the standard, not if our cable & DSL vendors have anything to say about it. I personally hope Netflix, Hulu and the like fall flat on their face. Maybe then we can get back to quality oriented video instead of quantity.
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Old 06-23-2011, 01:43 PM
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Bandwidth is not free, and may become more and more tiered in the future. Despite what Netflix thinks, I don't believe streaming over the Internet will become the standard, not if our cable & DSL vendors have anything to say about it.
I don't know - I think bandwidth will become cheaper and higher speeds, like 100 Mbps, will become prevalent meaning that there is no reason to compromise quality. There may be some caps but I think they will be set at a level of several hundred GB/month so as to not be constraining unless you are really watching several HD streams for 12+ hours per day.

I really think that we are going to see the elimination of the "middlemen" in the distribution of video content. By middlemen I mean TV networks and cable/satellite services.

Sports is one example, and this has already started to happen as some sports teams own TV networks or vice-versa. In the future I am guessing that you will be able to subscribe to online streaming to all games of your favourite baseball/football/soccer/hockey/basketball team. You will pay $100/yr, or something like that, and get everything you want on any device you want - PC, connected TV, smartphone, tablet, etc.

So in the future the original creators of content will be able to sell directly to the end consumer - perhaps through a "consolidating" service like iTunes.
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Despite what Netflix thinks, I don't believe streaming over the Internet will become the standard, not if our cable & DSL vendors have anything to say about it.
Why should they (cable/dsl vendors)? Why should I be tied to their services (at all) for content?

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I personally hope Netflix, Hulu and the like fall flat on their face. Maybe then we can get back to quality oriented video instead of quantity.
Every try HDX selections from VUDU?

(And if you have anything but FiOS, most of your HD is (more) compressed before it ever gets to you.)
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Maybe then we can get back to quality oriented video instead of quantity.
from where? cable companies and satellite companies that are continually increasing compression, causing more artifacts?


i walk a line of balance and availability, with choice/availability being the higher priority. i will sacrifice quality to watch what i want, when i want. hence the reason i have sagetv - to be able to set my schedule, not have it dictated.
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