Photo of Matthew Rhys & Keri Russell in FX's 'The Americans,' by Craig Blankenhorn
Hulu has reached a new streaming agreement with affiliates of 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company for its upcoming live television service.
The streaming platform announced Tuesday its deal will encompass live streaming and on-demand viewing for the full slate of Disney/ABC network programming, including ESPN and its subsidiaries, as well as Fox's broadcast and cable networks, such as FX, Fox Sports and Fox News, all of which will be part of Hulu's new live-streaming bundle, expected to launch early next year.
"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,” Hulu's CEO Mike Hopkins said today 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."
In total, Hulu's Fox and Disney deals will give the service access to more than 35 channels. It previously signed affiliate agreements with Time Warner Inc. for Turner networks TNT, CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, Boomerang and Turner Classic Movies.
As we previously reported, Hulu over the summer ended its ad-supported free tier in favor of monthly subscriptions, à la Netflix.