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Disney, Newscorp and NBC each now own 27% of Video Service Hulu
should youtube be worried?
nealrodriguez




msg:3907185
 3:27 pm on May 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

Disney, Newscorp and NBC each now own 27% of hulu. [washingtonpost.com]

Hulu is becoming the preferred distribution channel for the big media companies. And it is succeeding in attracting the fickle Web audience. This should worry YouTube, which is still casting about for a business model that will pay for its enormous storage and bandwidth costs. The media companies cannot ignore YouTube just yet, but by strengthening Hulu they can give it their best content first.

[edited by: engine at 5:14 pm (utc) on May 5, 2009]

 

kartiksh




msg:3907597
 4:59 am on May 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

it does have some interesting and high quality videos. The only thing i noted is its currently streamed in to US only and as soon as it detected i am browsing from other country i was greeted with pop up saying thank you for interest it can only be streamed in US at this time please provide your email and location (box) and registered for interest. i felt odd as i can only watch it when i will be in Fremont CA and if i am traveling and need entertainment from the site, i cannot as it is detecting me streaming their videos outside of US ISP.

On other note, the investment seems with the fact that G owns youtube if G would not have, they may have opted for it, you never know. Why to make strong company much stronger in the area where they have all good content.

Future




msg:3907669
 8:13 am on May 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

I opened Hulu, they have lot of exciting content.. but closed it (moved to youtube) as they do not allow watching videos outside US.

Why not try a paid subscription ?

nealrodriguez




msg:3907879
 2:00 pm on May 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

Why not try a paid subscription ?

i could probably see that working if they had cable or international channels to the u.s., and some type of tv set top box to feed them into your flat screen.

Demaestro




msg:3908109
 5:51 pm on May 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

Pretty irrelevant when only the USA population can use it.

whatson




msg:3908211
 8:15 pm on May 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

NBC, Newscorp and Disney are all controlled by the same conglomerate. I guess they were getting frustrated with not being able to control all the media online.
Youtube is getting more and more censored by the day anyway. The freedom of speech of the internet is being clamped down more and more.

travelin cat




msg:3908253
 8:56 pm on May 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

Whatson,

News Corp News Corporation is a public company listed on the Nasdaq and the Australian Securities Exchange and is run by Rupert Murdoch.

NBC is owned by General Electric

Disney is owned by Disney, they also own ABC and many other media companies.

whatson




msg:3908262
 9:27 pm on May 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

Same group of people controlling them though, so makes no difference. These people hold all the A Shares, which is what gives them control.

tangor




msg:3908318
 11:02 pm on May 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

Pretty irrelevant when only the USA population can use it.

As one of the irrelevant I'm pleased. Also pleased to see an organized and directed answer to youboob vids.

Reality check... the more players active the better the competition.

tangor




msg:3908325
 11:15 pm on May 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

Youtube is getting more and more censored by the day anyway. The freedom of speech of the internet is being clamped down more and more.

Censored? Or finally dealing with all the DCMAs against unauthorized product... ie. copyright infringement. That's a different subject covered elsewhere so won't go into it here.

xalex




msg:3908355
 12:00 am on May 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

What I don't understand is what NBC & Newscorp get by giving there shares to Disney? Popular disney/abc series is not going to be there. Getting free shares won't give any incentive for Disney to share. Plus Disney never took any risk when Hulu got started. Free meal?

nealrodriguez




msg:3908790
 4:44 pm on May 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

The only thing i noted is its currently streamed in to US only and as soon as it detected i am browsing from other country i was greeted with pop up saying thank you for interest it can only be streamed in US at this time please provide your email and location (box) and registered for interest.

i don't think it would continue to make sense, as they will start streaming bollywood films

Hulu inks deal for Bollywood films [hollywoodreporter.com]

At launch, Saavn will make available five contemporary hits from India, including "Sarkar," Bollywood's homage to "The Godfather."

Hugene




msg:3908795
 5:02 pm on May 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

Definitely the pressure is building up on YouTube and the clock to serious monetization is ticking. This deal, even though Disney seems to get a lot out of it and give little back, is just a way to further strengthen Hulu and entrench the site as the online destination for professional content. And by judging on the media buzz it is creating, it seems to be working. YouTube had years of head start, but I believe media companies saw what happened with record labels and iTunes, and they are fighting to avoid it all cost. Basically they want to avoid dealing with a 3rd party for distribution online, they want to own the web channel themselves. But YouTube is not at all dead yet: the other day I had read that YouTube served more search queries than Yahoo, become 2nd search engine after G itself; and they also announced that deal where YouTube will be used as the platform for serving commercial content (can't even find it news, shows how little buzz it created). And there is always the user generated content, perfect for short internet-attention-span viewing.

fischermx




msg:3909516
 3:22 pm on May 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

But why they don't allow streaming outside the USA?
What they are protecting by that?
I'm in Mexico and half people here watch USA shows!
Personally, I'm fan of CSI, Law & Order, Grey's Anatomy, etc, etc....

tangor




msg:3909522
 3:26 pm on May 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

Not meaning to be rude... snare the money first. Then go for the ka-ching elsewhere.

fischermx




msg:3909534
 3:38 pm on May 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

Yes, of course... but the only ad I see is McCafe, which we have here too!

tangor




msg:3909562
 4:01 pm on May 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

Big fan of the Mexican soaps... but can't find them on web. Would like to see that. Waiting for the rest of the streaming world to catch up!

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