With all the multibillion dollar companies looking to bid on Hulu, it appears as if Google may want the streaming service provider just a little bit more than the competition. According to All Things D’s Peter Kafka, Google is putting their money where their mouth is and is prepared to offer a significantly higher dollar amount than Yahoo, Amazon or Dish Network. Although their were no sources given, Kafka went on to say,
Google seems to want something much more than that, and is willing to pay much more to get it. If you want to speculate, you could imagine Google asking for access to more content, for a longer period of time, and perhaps offering up a couple billion dollars more.
Since that’s not what Hulu’s owners have put on the table, “normally we would have thrown people out if they’d said that,” says an executive familiar with the sales process. But Google “indicated that there’s enough money” involved so that Hulu’s owners are at least thinking about continuing the discussion.
If you thought Google would be a little more frugal having spend $12.5 billion to acquire Motorola Mobility, Google did go on the record as saying this purchase wouldn’t stop them from making other big acquisitions. The only thing that could stop Google now are the overly cautious network executives and Hollywood studios who are made nervous with Google’s other online streaming service, YouTube. Hulu is scheduled to discuss all their bids later week and we’ll keep you posted.