Hulu adds Fox, ABC-Disney to live streaming service

Hulu has signed agreements with 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company to add their channels to its live streaming service, set to launch early next year. Photo by 360b/Shutterstock

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) — Hulu has added The Walt Disney Company and 20th Century Fox to its live streaming service set to launch early next year.

The online service’s new agreements include more than 35 broadcast and cable channels for live and on-demand content, Hulu announced Tuesday.

The Disney properties include ABC, Disney Channel, Freeform and ESPN channels. 20th Century Fox has Fox, FX, Fox News Network, Fox Business, sports stations and National Geographic.

Hulu previously signed an agreement with Time Warner, to include channels CNN, TBS and TNT.

Comcast, which includes NBCUniversal and a 30 percent stakeholder in Hulu, hasn’t signed up yet, and neither has CBS. ABC and Fox are also 30 percent stakeholders and Time Warner paid $583 million for a 10 percent share earlier this year.

Hulu’s service lets subscribers watch broadcast and cable channels live over the Internet. In August, the service stopped offering free content. Its two subscription options are $7.99 a month with limited advertising and $11.99 a month with no advertising.

Hulu also has its own original programming, which includes “The Mindy Project” and “Casual.”

“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,” Hopkins said 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.”

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