Hulu Adds Fox TV Programming19 Jul, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Hulu July 19 announced an expansive deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution that makes about 3,000 episodes of Fox shows available to the streaming video service.
Hulu, which launched in 2008 and is co-owned by Fox, Disney, Comcast and Time Warner, gets streaming rights to every episode of long-running series “How I Met Your Mother,” “Burn Notice,” “Bones” and “Glee.” The deal also includes all 11 seasons of “M*A*S*H” and the full “NYPD Blue” library.
The deal follows an expanded agreement with Fox that adds animated comedies “Bob’s Burgers,” “American Dad!,” “Futurama” and “The Cleveland Show.”
Through several previous agreements, Hulu is also the exclusive SVOD home of “This Is Us,” as well as hits “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Empire,” “The Last Man on Earth” and “Homeland,” among others.
The service has about 15 million subscribers and has a mandate from 21st Century Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch to compete effectively against Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. One way to do that is via original and third-party content.