More specifically, what kind of content licenses are Hulu’s three broadcast owners — News Corp.’s Fox*, Disney’s ABC, and Comcast’s NBC — willing to part with?
Because it’s the TV shows from those three companies that gives Hulu almost all of its value. And while those shows have helped Hulu build a big Web business very quickly —Hulu has said it’s on track to generate $500 million in revenue this year – that’s not nearly as important to Hulu’s owners as their core TV business.
The bit three networks that license content to Hulu have been a constant roadblock in the site’s growth from the beginning. Imagine how contentious that relationship will be if those same networks don’t even own the site any longer.