Hulu's Catch-22

Hulu’s Catch-22

Disney has acquired full control of Hulu by making a deal with the last remaining other owner, Comcast. With this deal, Hulu will eventually be fully owned by The Walt Disney Company.

Details of the Deal:

 

  • Starting in 2024, either Comcast or Disney can require the sell of Comcast’s stake to Disney for the fair market value
  • The value will be determined by independent experts, but Disney has guaranteed a minimum total value of H of $27.5 billion
  • The amount that Hulu can raise through ownership capital investment is capped
  • Further investment can be down through acquiring debt
  • Disney agrees they will never dilute Comcast’s investment to be less than 21% prior to the sale
  • NBCUniversal will license content to Hulu until late 2024
  • Comcast will also distribute Hulu on its Xfinity X1
  • NBCUniversal can end most of its content license agreements with Hulu in three years
  • In one year, NBCUniversal can show programming that is currently exclusively licensed to Hulu on their own streaming platform which would reduce the fee that Hulu pays

What Does This Mean:

 

  • Effectively, Disney takes full operational control of Hulu immediately
  • Hulu can be integrated with Disney’s other streaming services (Disney+, ESPN+), while it is expected to remain its own service and brand
  • While the services will remain separate, Disney can now offer discounts to households that subscribe to multiple offerings
  • This deal removes some barriers for Disney to expand Hulu, particularly internationally
  • Hulu would need to plan for life after NBCUniversal content is not available on the service
  • Hulu ad sales can be fully integrated into Disney to combine it with ABC, ESPN, Freeform, FX, and National Geographic
  • For the first-time, Disney fans can subscribe to a live-TV service that is fully operated by The Walt Disney Company

 

 

 
 

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