On Tuesday, Hulu announced pacts with The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox, making more than 35 networks available to stream live and watch on-demand through Hulu’s new streaming service, set to debut in early 2017.
The agreement provides Hulu’s new service, which will exist alongside the company’s current video on-demand options, with a plethora of viewing options, including Fox, ABC, FX, FXX, Freeform, Disney Channel, Fox News, Fox Sports 1, ESPN, and ESPN 2.
“We’re building a service that offers subscribers the most sought-after programming on television — and channels from 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company are essential to that mix,” said Mike Hopkins, CEO of Hulu, in a statement. “With these two new deals in place, and additional partners to come, Hulu will soon give TV fans of all ages live and on-demand access to their favorite programs in a whole new, more flexible, highly personalized way.”
This is the latest high-profile move to build-up content for the new service, following Hulu’s agreement earlier this year with Time Warner Inc. for the rights to Turner’s line-up, encompassing TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, and more.