The internet is still abuzz about AT&T’s upcoming $35 per month internet TV streaming service, but on Tuesday, Hulu reminded everyone that it would be launching an online TV service of its own by revealing that Fox and Disney — co-owners of Hulu — would be bringing their networks to the offering.
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According to Deadline, the networks Disney is bringing to Hulu include ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN-SEC and ESPN 3, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Freeform. Fox will bring Fox, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, BTN, Fox News, Fox Business, FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, and Fox Regional Sports Networks from “dozens of key national markets.”
“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 Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins. “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.”
Hulu previously struck a deal with Time Warner to include channels such as TNT, TBS, CNN and Cartoon Network, but with AT&T’s DirecTV Now service primed to launch in the coming weeks, and PlayStation Vue and Sling TV already available, Hulu will need either a competitive subscription fee, a unique angle or both to make a dent in what has become a very crowded market.