Hulu to Hit $1 Billion in Revenue by End of Year
December 18, 2013 1:35 PM
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It also has 5 million Hulu Plus subscribers now
Hulu mentioned in October that it could reach $1 billion in revenue by the end of the year, and it looks like the video streaming company has hit its target.
According to Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins, who
about the company's 2013 stats today, Hulu will achieve $1 billion in revenue by the end of the year -- which is a nice leap from $695 million in 2012.
"When you think about the fact that Hulu first launched out of beta in 2008, it’s quite an impressive feat to scale the business from zero to $1 billion over the course of just six years," wrote Hopkins.
He went on to say that
-- the company's paid subscription service -- reached 5 million subscribers this year with about 50 percent streaming exclusively on devices and living room viewing accounting for over half of content consumption.
Further, Hulu's knock-out year will end with a total of 488 content partners, 86,000 TV episodes, 2,900 TV series, and 68,000 hours of video on Hulu and Hulu Plus.
Hulu's growth also led to job creation, where the company managed to hire over 260 new throughout the year. This brings Hulu's team to 725 employees total -- a 20 percent increase in its employee base year-over-year.
That's a great ending for an eventful year for Hulu. Back in March, Hulu's board of directors had been
contacting potential buyers
in an effort to sell the company. But in July, NBC Universal Television Group (Comcast), Disney-ABC Television Group (The Walt Disney Company) and Fox Broadcasting Company (News Corp) -- which all co-own Hulu -- decided to
take the "for sale" sign off
the company and instead put $750 million USD in cash into the service to help it grow.
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RE: So Does That Mean Less Commercials?
12/18/2013 7:42:21 PM
If it serves your TV needs, $7.99/mo with ads is better than $59.99/mo with ads for satellite/cable.
I don't watch much TV, and OTA is plenty for me, but if I did then I'd consider it. You can be damn sure that the cable/satellite providers are engaging in all types of anti-competitive behavior to stop content providers from offering content online.
RE: So Does That Mean Less Commercials?
12/19/2013 1:56:26 PM
Regular HULU is fine for me as well as OTA programs.
I canceled cable tv over 3 years ago (55.00 x 36 = 1,980.00+).
More money in my pocket that I then spent on building/buying new computers/electronics.
~Best wishes keeping what you earned.
"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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