The other two couldn't be identified immediately. Hulu's board has been weighing at least seven buyout offers and plans to narrow those to three or four in a few weeks, said the people, who requested anonymity because the deliberations are private.
Bids of at least $1 billion increase the odds that owners Walt Disney Co., News Corp. and Comcast's NBC Universal will sell Hulu after a previous auction and plans for an initial public offering faltered. Hulu would give DirecTV, with 20 million subscribers, a lower-cost online video offering alongside its more expensive pay-TV packages.
Darris Gringeri, a spokesman for DirecTV, declined to comment, as did Meredith Kendall, a spokeswoman for Hulu.
~ Bloomberg News ~