Yahoo! Inc. is rumored to be in talks to buy a controlling stake in online video website DailyMotion.com according to sources with The Wall Street Journal. DailyMotion is currently owned by France Telecom SA. Yahoo! may buy as high as 75% of the company at a value of $300 million with a plan to buy the remainder of the website in the future.
The deal is still in early talks and could fall apart. The way that Dailymotion operates is similar to Google subsidiary, YouTube.com, but receives less traffic. When Terry Semel was the CEO of Yahoo!, he attempted to buy-out YouTube before Google made their offer. Ultimately, YouTube decided that they would receive more support from Google.
DailyMotion had raised around $65 million in funding before getting acquired France Telecom in June 2012.