- Hulu and ViacomCBS reached a deal to bring 14 more networks to the live TV streaming service.
- Hulu + Live TV is getting BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, VH1, CMT, Nick Jr., TV Land, BET Her, MTV2, NickToons, TeenNick and MTV Classic.
- Hulu + Live TV just raised its price to $64.99 a month last December, but it’s still unclear if the addition of these networks will prompt another price bump.
Hulu + Live TV is doubtlessly one of the most compelling internet TV services, as it offers dozens of live channels in addition to the entire (ad-supported) Hulu streaming library for one monthly price. One of the only downsides of Hulu + Live TV relative to its rivals was the lack of ViacomCBS networks, but on Monday, January 4th, the two enormous entertainment entities revealed that they have struck a deal to bring those channels to the service.
Beyond the CBS broadcast stations, CBS Sports Network, The CW, Pop TV, and the Smithsonian Channel — which were already streaming — Hulu + Live TV is adding BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, VH1, CMT, Nick Jr., TV Land, BET Her, MTV2, NickToons, TeenNick and MTV Classic.
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“We are excited to have reached an expanded agreement with Hulu that underscores the value of our powerful portfolio of brands to next-generation TV platforms and viewers,” stated ViacomCBS executive Ray Hopkins. “Hulu continues to be a great partner, and this agreement ensures that Hulu + Live TV subscribers are now able to enjoy the full breadth of our leading content across news, sports and entertainment for the first time.”
ViacomCBS struck a similar deal with YouTube TV last summer which resulted in the price of the subscription being raised from $49.99 a month to $64.99 a month. That $15 price bump was the largest the service had ever seen, so it certainly wouldn’t be a shock to see Hulu follow suit once the channels are added. That said, the price of Hulu + Live TV actually jumped to $64.99 a month just weeks ago, which might affect the timing of the bump.
This announcement also comes shortly after Disney — which owns Hulu — held its Investor Day, during which more than 20 Star Wars and Marvel series were detailed and revealed. These shows will start hitting Disney+ in the coming weeks, starting with WandaVision on January 15th, but Disney+ is just one part of its multi-pronged streaming attack that also includes Hulu and ESPN+. As one service gains ground, it gives users even more reason to invest in the ecosystem. Disney offers a bundle with Hulu + Live TV, Disney+, and ESPN+ for $71.99 a month.
Financial terms of the agreement between Disney and ViacomCBS were not disclosed, and nor was the date that the live channels will be added to Hulu + Live TV, so subscribers should keep an eye out.