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Qatar Holding latest to be linked to Hulu

Middle Eastern fund Qatar Holding is the latest organisation to be linked to a move for US catch-up and on-demand service Hulu. Weekend reports suggested the Qatari organisation is now one of seven interested in Hulu with bids in the region of US$1 billion (€760 million). Other bidders for the ABC, Comcast and Fox-owned service […]

AT&T reportedly eyeing Hulu

US telco AT&T is reportedly in discussions about making a joint bid for Hulu, marking the latest big-name firm said to be competing for the VOD site.  According to All Things D, AT&T is talking with the Chernin Group about making a joint offer. The investment firm – run by run by former News Corp […]

DirecTV reportedly among US$1bn-plus bidders for Hulu

US pay TV provider DirecTV is one of three bidders offering upwards of US$1 billion (€764 million) to acquire US video-on-demand site Hulu, according to US reports.  Bloomberg and Reuters both reported the news, citing unnamed sources, claiming that the three US$1 billion-plus offers made it likely that Hulu owners News Corp, Disney and Comcast […]

Hulu revamps TV, set-top apps

Hulu has revamped its Hulu Plus user experience for Samsung smart TVs, Blu-ray players and Roku set-top boxes, with the improvements to follow on Nintendo Wii consoles “soon”. The update includes a new search experience that Hulu says will make it simpler to find content, a new interface with larger artwork, a “tray-style format” that […]

Hulu international chief departs

Hulu’s senior vice president of international, Johannes Larcher, has reportedly stepped down from the firm. According to Bloomberg, Larcher resigned earlier this month. The news comes as Hulu is said to considering a string of takeover bids from firms including Yahoo!, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV. Larcher joined Hulu in 2009 and two years later […]

Amazon chooses first original TV series

Amazon has selected the pilots that it will take to series with a John Goodman comedy, another from True Blood director Michael Lehmann and three kids series. The five series come from a pool of 14 pilots that Amazon launched on its Prime Instant Video service in the US and Lovefilm service in the UK […]

Netflix’s Arrested Development launch ‘beats’ House of Cards

Internet traffic data for Netflix users suggests that 10% of Netflix viewers that started watching its new version of Arrested Development at launch had made it to the final, fifteenth, episode by May 27, a day after launch. Netflix does not release any viewing numbers for its content, but the analytics division of US technology […]

Yahoo! reportedly bids up to US$800m for Hulu

Yahoo! has bid between US$600 million (€460 million) and US$800 million for video-on-demand site Hulu, according to stateside reports. All Things Digital reported the figure, while a separate Deadline report named Yahoo! among “at least seven bidders” for the video site. Private equity firms KKR, Guggenheim Partners through its Guggenheim Digital arm, and Silver Lake Partners […]

Viaplay unconcerned by Netflix threat

Modern Times Group-owned over-the-top service Viaplay is unfazed by the competition in the Scandinavian market, even though future quality improvements and content additions could add to the cost of the Viaplay service. Speaking at the Connected TV World summit this morning, Viaplay’s head of online product management Dag Laarson said that despite Netflix’s global scale […]

DirecTV the latest company linked to Hulu

US pay TV platform DirecTV is the latest company to be linked with a move for Hulu. The pay TV company has reportedly been interested in Hulu before and the latest reports come as various companies continue to be linked to a deal for the on-demand service Bloomberg reported last week that Time Warner Cable […]