While discussing subscriber numbers and the growth of Hulu during their Q1 earnings call, Disney commented that they have plans to expand Hulu internationally in 2021.
We reported on these plans in November, though Hulu had already been working on international expansion for some time. Sources said that the plan was for Hulu to expand first to Latin America. Now, Disney has confirmed that international expansion will move forward, though no details were given about which areas would be first to have access to the service.
Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger mentioned the expansion previously, commenting that the company would be investing more heavily in original content. This would make expansion more plausible, as many content licenses for existing content won’t extend to international markets.
This news comes just after Hulu CEO Randy Freer announced he would be leaving the company. Hulu executives will now be reporting directly to Disney’s Direct to Consumer and International business.
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