let's make a deal
Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 3, 2013 12:46 PM
Say good-bye to low-ball bidding. After a handful of offers that severely under-valued video streaming giant Hulu, it looks as if those interested have keyed up their game.
The behind-closed-doors bidding war heated up over the weekend with bids of up to $1 billion from Yahoo, Time Warner and DirecTV as well as bids from Silver Lake Management, Guggenheim Digital, investment firm KKR and media executive Peter Chernin.
"Today, 89 million people in the US will watch 1.2 billion online videos,” notes VentureBeat. “By 2016, online video viewers are expected to double to 1.5 billion.” It's no doubt that whoever snatches up Hulu will have a very lucrative addition to the family. Hulu recently announced more than 4 million paid subscribers of Hulu Plus, its $7.99 per month subscription service that lets users watch content on mobile devices and set-top boxes not available to those with a free account. First-quarter 2013 saw nearly one million people sign up and combined subscriptions and ad revenues saw Hulu generate $695 million last year.Continue reading...
let's make a deal
Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 29, 2013 01:08 PM
While anticipation continues to build around the possible buyout of video streaming service Hulu, the price, however, is a bit underwhelming.
Despite its $2 billion valuation, the service is attracting bids from big players like Yahoo, DirecTV and Time Warner Cable somewhere in the $500 million to $800 million range—arguably a small amount of money compared to recent deals like Tumblr's $1.1 billion price tag and Instagram's $1 billion one. Yahoo’s bid (between $600 million and $800 million) is the largest so far while others, like Chernin Group, have issued a $500 million bid. Other companies interested in the service include private equity firms Guggenheim Digital, KKR & Co and Silverlake Partners.
One reason for the low-ball bids could be the fact that Hulu has been hemorrhaging market share to Google's YouTube as well as ad-supported services including LiveRail, Adap.TV, and BrightRoll. It served up only 1.4 million ads in April 2013, down 13 percent from 1.6 million video ads in March, according to comScore.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 20, 2013 09:17 AM
Yahoo agrees to buy Tumblr for $1.1 billion, but questions already arise about how new native ads will affect cachet.
Buick Motor Co. celebrates 110 years.
P&G launches major review of its advertising ROI.
Actavis acquires Warner Chilcott in $5 billion pharma deal.
Billabong sees brand value drop after failed buyout attempts.
Campbell Soup meets high earnings hopes.
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Domino's debuts DVD that smells like pizza.
GM accelerates financial and operational streamlining, CFO says.
Google may allow branded apps for Glass.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 7, 2013 09:18 AM
Facebook plans to announce facelift of its News Feed.
Taco Bell officially releases its Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos today.
Time Warner to spin off Time Inc. as CEO Laura Lang exits.
Adidas posts weaker earnings on Reebok.
Baskin-Robbins plans to triple franchise size in Australia with new partnership.
Birds Eye commended for healthy eating campaign.
Boeing needs to provide more answers on Dreamliner firest to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
Costco backs minimum-wage increase.
Cracker Barrel adds lower-calorie items.
Dell sees buyout deal threatened by activist investor Carl Icahn.
DirecTV bemoans rising program costs.
Google expands Street View in Europe.
Jamba Juice looks to fresh juice to boost sales.
Lego eyes tie-up with "The Simpsons" on Fox.
Moe's Southwest Grill readies first national ad campaign. Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 15, 2013 09:00 AM
BlackBerry shows new signs of life as co-founder sells stake.
Apple challenges iPhone trademark loss in Brazil.
Carnival tries to cruise away from brand disaster as passengers mull legal options.
ABC, NFL and Call of Duty get top marks for consumer engagement.
Airbus drops lithium-ion batteries from latest jet.
Applebee's expands test of Express Lunch service.
Best Western focuses on its people, not perks, in new campaign.Continue reading...
tech in the spotlight
Posted by Barry Silverstein on January 8, 2013 11:16 AM
The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that's now underway in Las Vegas is not only the world's biggest trade show, but a snapshot of how the fast-moving world of technology innovation is impacting sectors. Witness automotive, such as Ford's just-announced mobile partnerships to enhance the brand's in-car connectivity platform as part of a bigger CES push by car manufacturers this year.
CES is also a soapbox for competitors to one-up one another as they spit out product announcements and flaunt new alliances. This year, the rivalry is particularly fierce in the web TV/digital streaming arena.
"As new Internet TV players look to invade the living room, some cable and satellite operators are stepping up their embrace of Web technology to jazz up aging interfaces and head off subscriber defections, the Wall Street Journal reports from the show.
CES attendees include DirecTV and Dish Network on the satellite side, Verizon (FiOS) and AT&T (U-verse) touting Telco TV, and U.S. multi-system operators including Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications are at CES to recast themselves as web TV purveyors and shake off the dreaded "cable operator" moniker. No wonder the U.S. National Cable & Telecommunications Association is reportedly considering dropping "cable" and rebranding to the U.S. Internet and Television Association (but, oddly, keeping the NCTA acronym).
AT&T's U-verse platform is introducing "Screen Pack," a $5 per month addition to existing subscriptions which enables customers to stream some 1,500 on-demand movies. AT&T plans to add more content in the future in an effort to thwart the flood of video streaming competitors in the space.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 2, 2013 09:02 AM
Kia names first non-Korean as president and integrates Google Maps.
Avis to acquires Zipcar brand for $500 million.
Nivea woos investors as CEO admits Rihanna was the wrong brand ambassador and brand returns to NYC's Times Square as New Year's Eve event sponsor.
Amazon apologizes for Christmas Eve outage.
American Girl's 2013 Girl of the Year doll addresses U.S. arts education cuts.
Apple sees its store in Paris robbed.
BBC Worldwide appoints chief brands officer.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 19, 2012 09:01 AM
GM is buying back $200M shares from the U.S. government.
UBS fined $1.5 billion in growing Libor scandal.
Instagram backpedals following outcry on terms of service change enabling user images for ad purposes.
CW pulls plug on major placement platform with end of Gossip Girl.
DirecTV expands cross-platform reach.
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg donates $500M to charity.
Grammys launches new social trivia game.Continue reading...