Two more partners have been confirmed for the upcoming live streaming platform.
Hulu has announced new affiliate deals with 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company. As part of the agreement, Hulu will be able to offer live and on-demand content from Fox and Disney's portfolio of channels on its new live TV streaming service set to launch in early 2017.
"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. "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's new live TV streaming service will feature an easy-to-use personalized interface with access to live and on-demand news, entertainment, and sports networks through various media and mobile devices. The new Disney and Fox deals cover more than 35 networks, including FOX, ABC, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, BTN, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN-SEC, ESPN 3, Fox Regional Sports Networks across dozens of key national markets, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Fox News, Fox Business, Freeform, FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic, and Nat Geo Wild.
Beyond Disney and Fox, Hulu also recently announced a deal with Time Warner to offer live and on-demand content from Turner's portfolio of networks, including channels like TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, Boomerang and Turner Classic Movies.
An exact launch date and pricing for Hulu's new live TV service have not been announced yet, but the platform is expected to arrive in early 2017. The new live service is set to co-exist with Hulu's current ad-supported and ad-free video on-demand subscription plans.