News Corp, Comcast and Walt Disney received word on Friday that their jointly-held Hulu LLC
digital video concern has attracted Yahoo to the bidding , as Reuters reported
Hulu has established itself as the market leader in the premium digital video space, carrying hosts of popular long-form video programming from network television and national cable outlets.
Yahoo's acquisition would further develop the search engine's premium content strategy and would mark the second recent high-visibility investment for the company, following their $1.1 billion purchase of the social media blogging property Tumblr
Yahoo joins the company of numerous other bidders, including KKR & Co., DirecTV, Time Warner Cable Inc., Guggenheim Digital, the Chernin Group LLC and a joint offer from Silver Lake Management LLC and talent agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment LLC, according to Businessweek
The escalation of the Hulu bidding comes just days after it was reported
by the Chicago Tribune that Hulu's three television-oriented owners were planning to control as much as 90 percent of Hulu's advertising inventory.
Yahoo's shares were up over 1 percent in a choppy day on Wall Street on Friday.