Report: Google in early talks for Hulu

Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have been mentioned as possible buyers for Hulu. (John D. McHugh/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Hulu retained Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley last week to lead a sale, after an unsolicited offer.

Other potential buyers include Yahoo and Microsoft, which could benefit from taking on a streaming video company to compete with Google’s YouTube or Netflix.

For it’s part, Google has been sinking efforts into making YouTube a destination for more original and professional content, while still keeping its reputation for user-generated videos. (And, of course, videos of cats.)

Walt Disney Corp., News Corp and NBCUniversal run Hulu as a joint venture. The licensing agreements from those companies would be a huge boon to any potential buyer.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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