Apple Reportedly Considering Bid for Hulu

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It’s like a list of who’s who when it comes to Hulu: First there was Yahoo, and then there was Google and Microsoft. Well now there’s apparently another big-name company in the mix. Apple is said to be considering a bid for Hulu.

(MORE: Netflix Not Interested in Hulu)

According to Bloomberg, two of their sources say that Apple is in early talks that may eventually lead to an offer. It would allow Apple to include more video, and possibly even bolster the competition between Hulu and Netflix.

The last big acquisition for Apple was $400 million for NeXT Software back in 1996. Hulu, in the meantime, has about 1 million paid subscribers, beating its earlier predictions. It’s been said that Yahoo has offered nearly $2 billion for four or five years of exclusive access to Hulu’s offerings.

(More: Google and Microsoft Reportedly Both Kicking Hulu’s Tires)

Meanwhile, it seems like Microsoft has dropped out of contention, according to the report. But Google, Yahoo and other companies still remain interested, according to sources. Hulu has been intent on selling itself since late last month when it put itself up for sale.

So who will be the lucky winner? Well, maybe we’ll find out when somebody makes a concrete move.

More: Yahoo Said to Have Made an Offer for Hulu

(via Bloomberg)

Erica Ho is a reporter at TIME. Find her on Twitter at @ericamho and Google+. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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