Hulu today announced that it has signed deals with 21st Century Fox and the Walt Disney Company, securing the ability to include a variety of major TV channels including ABC, Fox, ESPN, Fox News, FX and a variety of others on its soon to be released live TV streaming service.
Hulu’s live TV entry is scheduled to be available in early 2017, and will compete with Sling TV, Playstation’s Vue, and others that will be hitting the market such as DirecTV Now.
“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,” said Mike Hopkins, CEO of Hulu, in a press release.
This deals with Fox and Disney will include a total of 35 networks including FOX and ABC; Fox Sports networks such as the 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.
Hulu already has deals with Time Warner, which includes the Turner lineup of TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network and others.
Still no official price or date for the service has been announced.
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