With The Walt Disney Co.’s purchase of 21st Century Fox, Disney holds a controlling 60% interest in Hulu.
After AT&T acquired Time Warner last year--Time Warner owned a 9.5% stake in Hulu--AT&T determined that the Hulu stake was not a core asset.
Comcast owns the remaining 30% stake in Hulu.
The AT&T transaction values Hulu, which is losing hundreds of millions of dollars per year, at $1.43 billion.
Last week, Disney said that it expected Hulu’s subscriber base to grow from its current 25 million subscribers to between 40 and 60 million subscribers by 2024.
Disney also said that Hulu’s operating losses would be $1.5 billion in fiscal 2019. Losses will narrow slightly in 2020 and the service could turn a domestic profit in 2023, Disney forecast.
Disney is also thinking about rolling out Hulu internationally.
“We thank AT&T for their support and investment over the past two years and look forward to collaboration in the future. WarnerMedia will remain a valued partner to Hulu for years to come as we offer customers the best of TV, live and on demand, all in one place,” said Hulu CEO Randy Freer.
T&T will use proceeds from this transaction, along with additional planned sales of non-core assets, to reduce its debt.
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