Some months ago on this blog we predicted a bid for NBC Universal from Comcast - the US cableco that cannot expand since it already has the maximum 25% of the market allowable under US regulations. And so it came to pass today.
One of the assets acquired in the deal is part ownership of Hulu, which is perhaps the online TV equivalent of Comcast.
The deal makes a lot of sense for Comcast, which actually owns very few of the channels it carries and is low on content expertise. And it wouldn't be a surprise to see Hulu, or content on the service, being charged for.