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Hulu Inks Affiliate Deals With Disney, Fox For Online TV Service

1 Nov, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Hulu Nov. 1 announced affiliate agreements with 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Co. that will add Fox’s entertainment, news, sports and non-fiction services, as well as Disney/ABC Television and ESPN programming to stream live and on-demand through Hulu’s new TV streaming service, bowing in early 2017.

Channels include: Fox and ABC; Fox Sports networks such as Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2 and BTN; ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN-SEC and ESPN 3; Fox Regional Sports Networks across dozens of key national markets; Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior; Fox News and Fox Business; Freeform; FX, FXX and FXM; and National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild.

Earlier this year, Hulu announced an affiliate agreement with Time Warner for live and on-demand streaming of Turner’s suite of networks, including TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, Boomerang and Turner Classic Movies.

In August, Time Warner acquired a 10% stake in Hulu, which valued the streaming service at $5.8 billion.

Hulu envisions the online TV service to be complementary to the existing SVOD (with-and-without ads) platform, which has 12 million subscribers — just 25% of Netflix’s 47 million domestic sub base.

“With these two new [Disney, Fox] deals in place, 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,” Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins said in a statement.

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