According to numerous sources close to the situation, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer recently met with top execs at Hulu, the premium video service whose media company owners have been considering selling it for some months.
Sources said Mayer also had an extensive getting-to-know-you meeting, which was apparently not held at Hulu’s offices in Santa Monica, Calif., along with COO Henrique De Castro.
There may be an alternative to an outright buy. Yahoo may be able to purchase a portion of Hulu and join News Corp., Disney, and Comcast as an owner. The sources said that News Corp. and Disney had considered the possibility of retaining some ownership of the site — Comcast is excluded as it sacrificed its management rights in concessions to regulators.