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AT&T sells Hulu stake, valuing the video streaming company at $15 billion

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Hulu has repurchased AT&T’s 9.5 percent stake in the business for $1.43 billion, giving the streaming company a valuation of $15 billion.

announced on Monday, indicates that Hulu continues to gain popularity, even as the market for over-the-top content becomes increasingly crowded. The valuation is a big step up from November, when Disney said in a regulatory filing that the company was worth $9.26 billion.

Hulu is owned by a group of media companies, including CNBC parent Comcast and Disney, which now controls Fox.

AT&T said it will use proceeds of the transaction to reduce its debt. AT&T purchased Time Warner last year, giving the company ownership of HBO, which has its own streaming offerings.

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