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Hulu Plus Inks Streaming Deal With BBC Worldwide

18 Sep, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

SVOD subsidiary of Hulu.com has streamed British content since its 2010 launch

Hulu Plus Sept. 18 said it has signed a non-exclusive, multiyear subscription video-on-demand deal with BBC Worldwide North America.

Beginning today, subscribers can access the “Doctor Who” series, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, in addition to its popular spinoffs “The Sarah Jane Adventures” and “Torchwood,” as well as natural history and factual programming, including “Blue Planet,” Richard Hammond’s “Crash Course” and more.

In the fall, popular BBC series “Top Gear,” “Sherlock,” “MI-5” and “Luther” will bow on Hulu Plus, as well as comedies such as “Fawlty Towers,” “Twenty Twelve” and “Blackadder”; sci-fi favorites “Bedlam,” “Red Dwarf” and “Primeval”; and natural history shows, including selections from David Attenborough's “Life of Mammals” and “The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth.” In addition, titles like “Upstairs, Downstairs,” “Wallander” and “Bleak House” will be available.

Additional series will roll out throughout the year, giving Hulu Plus subs access to more than 2,000 episodes of BBC Worldwide programming.

Hulu, which is co-owned by The Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox and Comcast, recently received a vote of confidence from its corporate owners when they agreed to take the service off the auction block and infuse it with $700 million in funding.

The new content deal with BBC updates a partnership with Hulu that began in 2010, when Hulu Plus was first launched. At that time Hulu was the exclusive online destination for British TV hits “Misfits,” “Rev,” “Moone Boy” and “Pramface.” In addition, Hulu and the BBC have co-produced the fourth season of “The Thick of It” and the upcoming Hulu original “The Wrong Mans,” starring James Corden and Mathew Baynton.

“By adding this expansive collection of premium BBC Worldwide programming, Hulu Plus solidifies its role as a top streaming platform for the best British programming available in the U.S.,” acting Hulu CEO Andy Forssell said in a statement.

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