Hulu strikes deals to add Fox and Walt Disney owned networks to new streaming service
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.