Hulu’s live TV service will likely soon be here. (No we do not know the date.)
One of the main questions we get is what channels will Hulu live offer its subscribers for the rumored $40 or less price point it is promoting. (Many think it will come in at about $35, but Hulu is only promising sub $40.)
Although no official list of channels has been announced, we do know some of the channel owners who have struck deals, so let’s start there.
Hulu Owners Who Will Be on Hulu Live
Disney is part owner of Hulu and has agreed to bring its channels such as ABC and ESPN to the service. We can assume that the base package will at least offer ESPN and likely Freeform.
Fox is also a part owner of Hulu and has agreed to bring its channels including FX, FS1, and FOX to the service. Again we don’t know what channels or what packages.
Last year Time Warner agreed to buy 10% of Hulu and allow its channels such as TBS, CNN, and HBO to be on Hulu’s live TV service.
Hulu Owners That Do NOT Have a Deal: (YET)
Yes Comcast owns part of Hulu through NBCUniversal. At last report NBCUniversal and its owned channels such as NBC and the Golf Channel have yet to come to a deal for Hulu’s live TV service. Reports are that Hulu is still in talks with NBCUniversal and many expect a deal to be announced at some point.
Just last week it was announced that A+E Network and its family of channels such as History, Viceland, and A+E will all be on Hulu’s live TV service. (Again we do not know in what package.)
CBS has for a long time been hesitant to support Hulu. A few CBS shows are on Hulu but most have been saved for CBS All Access; however, Hulu in a major deal announced in January 2017, said it had come to an agreement for CBS-owned networks to be on Hulu.
Networks That Will NOT Be on Hulu’s Live TV Service
Yes Viacom and Hulu have terminated all contracts. This seems to be mostly on Viacom which announced that it wants to promote traditional pay TV and does not see a benefit in services such as Hulu. That means channels such as MTV, Comedy Central, and Spike TV will all be missing from Hulu’s live TV service.
Some of the breakup seems mutual because Viacom-owned channels have seen a huge hit in ratings. Viacom also recently announced that it will cut the number of channels it is focusing on in half leaving many to wonder if they pay for a Viacom channel such as TV Land will it be there in a year.
Just because a network has come to a deal with Hulu does not mean all of its channels will be included or will be in the base package. So take this all with a grain of salt because we do not know the full details.
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