Hulu Gets 'Homeland' Catalog Episodes1 Aug, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Hulu Aug. 1 announced a license deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution for streaming rights to the first four seasons of critically acclaimed terrorist series “Homeland,” starring Damian Lewis, Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin.
Fox is the creator of the Emmy-award winning series (launched in 2011), which airs exclusively on Showtime. The CBS-owned premium channel will continue to air “Homeland,” including streaming all episodes on Showtime OTT, the standalone subscription streaming service.
“‘Homeland’ is the perfect addition to Hulu’s growing library of premium exclusive programming,” Craig Erwich, SVP and head of content, said in a statement. “This series has drawn in audiences for years on Showtime and we cannot wait to give even more viewers the chance to watch and discover it on Hulu.”
Indeed, Hulu in 2015 struck a distribution deal with Showtime OTT that makes it possible to add the SVOD service to an existing Hulu subscription for $8.99 per month — almost 20% below the standard $10.99 fee.
Hulu, which is co-owned by Disney, Fox and Comcast, earlier this year revealed it had 12 million subs, while Showtime OTT has about 1 million since launching last summer.
Hulu, which has a mandate by Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch to establish itslef as a legitimate alternative to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, has aggressively spent licensing third-party TV content, in addition to creating its own programming.
Homeland joins Hulu’s expanding library of exclusive content, including “Roots,” “Blindspot,” “Empire,” “Fargo,” “Curious George,” “Lucifer” and “South Park,” in addition to licensing deals with FX, Turner and AMC Networks, as well as full libraries of broadcast and cable shows, and premium original series.
“Homeland” is also available on disc from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.