The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Google is in early talks to purchase the popular video-streaming service Hulu. Google isn’t the only company vying for Hulu, however, as Microsoft and Yahoo! are also on the list of potential suitors.
Though Hulu is already on Android, this service is restricted to a select number of handsets and requires users to have a Hulu Plus subscription to access Hulu on Android. It is unclear at such an early stage in the process what the acquisition of Hulu would mean for Android. I think we could all agree that having access to Hulu’s catalog of current-season TV shows without a Hulu Plus subscription would be an awesome addition to Android’s repertoire–something well within the realm of possibility, considering the level of ad support Hulu has amassed (over 600 advertisers have signed on with Hulu to date). If nothing else, it could pose some pretty significant implications for Google TV, which has been oft-criticized for the lack of content.
For more details and speculation on the Hulu situation, head over to the L.A. Times website.
Should you have speculation of your own to add to the discussion, go ahead and leave a comment below. What do you think this potential deal means for Android? How about for Google TV?