As focus shifts to Internet video as a profit model, Yahoo has its eyes on Hulu. But it needs to get in line. DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, and at least three private equity firms also hope to acquire the subscription-based video service.
Services like Hulu want revenue, but it's moving toward relying on viewers -- in addition to advertisers -- to pay. The new model may mean that consumers may not be able to cut their cable cord quite yet.