Forget about the idea of AT&T or any other service provider bulking up its online presence by adding Hulu to its portfolio. Hulu's owners--21 st Century Fox, Walt Disney Co. and Comcast-owned NBCUniversal--have again withdrawn the company from the sales block, and will invest $750 million into the service themselves.
Fox Networks is asking pay TV distributors to shell out 80 cents monthly per subscriber to carry new national sports network Fox Sports 1, with carriage fees climbing to $1.50 monthly over the life of multi-year contracts, Sports Business Daily reported Monday.
For the second time, Hulu's owners conducted a lengthy auction process only to decide not to sell the online video site.
Pay-TV operators such as DirecTV are said to be increasingly seeking the rights to deliver TV programming "over the top." But as indicated by a recent report in the Los Angeles Times that revealed the breadth of the hunt for those rights, content owners have so far been reluctant to grant them.
DirecTV is using dog food coupons and free canine ID tags to push subscribers to order the $5.99 monthly DogTV, which it plans to launch on Aug. 1.
DirecTV is reportedly still bidding for Hulu, while other potential buyers have dropped out of the auction for the online video site.
AT&T has reportedly joined Chernin Group to offer up a last-minute bid to acquire video streaming service Hulu.
Hulu's auction may face some hurdles, according to a report in TheWrap. Bidders are said to be unhappy with "onerous" demands placed on the potential transaction by Hulu's owners News Corp. and Walt Disney Co.
Dish Network is turning to the skies to sell its Hopper DVR, signing a marketing deal with Southwest Airlines which will allow airline passengers to watch 75 live TV channels and on-demand programs using Apple's iPad and iPhone.
DirecTV said it agreed to carry a July 13 women's mixed martial arts pay-per-view event from Invicta Fighting Championships.