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Crow550

Groovy.

Evil Boy 4 Life

Die Hulu Die!

Dan

Maybe they'll start adding CBS shows to their lineup now.

scJohn

The big problem I see is that Hulu does not seem to have any rights to the content. At least the TV content. The TV content owners can tell Hulu what it can and can not do with their TV content.

BP

@ scJohn

You don't actually know how licensing works - at all - do you? Actually, I'm quite concerned, as you don't seem to have any concept whatsoever of how Hulu even works. Do you think there are magic gnomes that wonder the Hulu servers randomly stealing episodes away from your prying eyes, cunningly conspiring to prevent you from seeing the latest episode of "Glee!", with orders from executives at NBC to "make it appear as if Hulu is at their every beck and call," despite the fact there are some extremely rigid licenses in place that can always be renegotiated when the contract is up? There are plenty of sources out there that will educate on what rights and licenses really are and what they really do - so why don't you bother reading any of them? It's obvious you haven't.

Yet, time after time, you never seem to have any problem opening your mouth and voicing a completely uninformed opinion as if it were based in fact. Hulu is NOT a subsidiary - they do NOT just stream whatever, whenever their corporate masters allow - they have their own agenda. They are a joint venture owned by separate entities with their own agendas. Sometimes these agendas align. Sometimes they don't. That's the reality of licensing - the content creators hold all the cards, but it's in their vested interest to distribute said content. As the old saying goes, money talks.

To act as if Hulu is at the whim of the studios and that Netflix isn't is not only dumb, it's damaging. They are at the whim of the licensing contract they choose to negotiate - which is FAR different than saying they have "no rights" (this is easily evidenced by the fact that some Hulu shows announce that their availability is that of "currently available," while others are "Availabile until xxxx" - an important distinction and one that indicates Hulu negotiates different rights with different content owners). An IPO would almost guarantee that Hulu would take an extremely aggressive position when negotiating licenses. Whereas previously the licenses were negotiated from a (what?-)profit sharing standpoint (because they didn't have the startup funds or cashflow to get anything better), giving the rightsholders a significant advantage, an IPO would give them a heap of cash to shove in Les Moonves face and go "You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution, you old bastard, now how much for CSI?"

Don't spread misinformation. There's enough of it out there, especially on the internet, and you'd be surprised how damaging it can be when a person/company/organization/dog's reputation or business when some supposed expert is out there throwing adding snow to the snowball.

-BP

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