Disney could devour a chance, according to Comcast's 30 percent stake in Hulu Report that would increase Disney's share of the streaming service to 90 percent. Citing sources that are familiar with the matter, CNBC reported Thursday that Disney and Comcast would be in a negotiation, adding that the latter now "pros and cons, a deal now and later."
CNBC said it was unclear whether the deal would materialize and Comcast declined to comment.
However, the report raises some interesting questions about the future of Hulu on mammoth streaming service Disney + later this year What happens to Hulu when Comcast programs from NBCUniversal (acquired in 2011) and in particular with NBC's own streaming service are on the way? According to sources from CNBC, these shows will remain on Hulu:
As of today, NBC will deliver about 17 NBC does not plan to remove content from Hulu, even after launching the company's new streaming service in 2020 as an NBC ship for shows in the same s season will serve. (NBC's streaming service will be showcasing the company's library of TV shows and films.)
Brian Roberts, CEO of Comcast, did not pinpoint the direction any deal with Disney might take during a Thursday earnings call. However, in relation to Hulu's relationship with NBC, he said that "it is very much in everyone's interest to uphold, and we do not have any news about it today, except [Hulu is] really valuable, and we are really glad that we have a big one Own pieces of it. "
Neither Disney nor Hulu responded immediately to a statement.
The chairman of the board and chairman of Walt Disney, Robert Iger, has pretty clearly said that Hulu will also be staying a different streaming product than Disney + in terms of its programming, focusing mainly on family-friendly material (this, after all) Disney). Iger also said in a November profit announcement that the company intended to invest in more original series for Hulu.
"Given Hulu's past success in terms of subscriber growth and relative brand strength and other factors such as demographics, we believe that there is a possibility to increase investment in Hulu, especially on the programming side," said Iger, according to Verge
Basically, Hulu will continue to be Hulu, at least for the foreseeable future, but it would be cool if Disney + decided to roll Hulu's programming for a mega-streaming platform in Disney + (and not anymore) I mean, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel, National Geographic and all in Hulu, just take all my money.
At least we can get a bundle.