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Hulu’s Live TV Streaming Service Will Have Over 50 Channels After NBCUniversal Deal

Today Hulu and NBCUniversal announced that they have reached a new distribution agreement that will bring NBC and Telemundo Owned Television Stations to Hulu’s new live TV streaming service. This deal also includes a long list of NBCUniversal owned cable networks that will be coming to Hulu’s upcoming new live TV streaming service when it launches this Spring. The deal will provide live and on-demand streaming access to networks including NBC, Telemundo, USA, Syfy,  Bravo, E!, MSNBC, CNBC, NBCSN and more, bringing the total number of channels in Hulu’s live TV service to more than 50. The agreement also includes a framework for licensing the NBC and Telemundo broadcast affiliates for carriage on Hulu’s new service.

“NBC Universal is home to many of today’s leading sports, news, entertainment and lifestyle networks – brands that not only draw large audiences but also drive pop culture,” said Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins. “With this agreement in place, Hulu will soon provide an affordable, complete live TV package that includes all four major broadcast networks, the top-rated cable news channels, a massive sports offering and our deep existing premium streaming library for under $40.”

“We’re pleased to partner with Hulu to make NBCUniversal’s leading portfolio of entertainment, news and sports networks available on this new service,” stated Matt Bond, Chairman NBCUniversal Content Distribution. “Growing our audiences is an important priority and this partnership will help bring our networks to new customers.”

The addition of NBCUniversal’s portfolio of networks adds to a growing list of more than 50 popular channels that will all be offered through Hulu’s new live TV service at launch. Recently Hulu’s also announced an agreement with A+E Networks, as well as its agreements with 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, Turner Networks, and CBS Corporation.

Again in the pres release Hulu reinforced the idea that the srevice will cost under $40 a month and inlcude the company’s current ad-supported and ad-free subscription video on demand product. Hulu will bring together live and on demand channels, original series and films, and premium library TV shows and movies, all in one place, across living room and mobile devices.

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26 Responses to Hulu’s Live TV Streaming Service Will Have Over 50 Channels After NBCUniversal Deal

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    Andy Munro May 1, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

    This is the deal breaker, unless competitors pull their socks up, Hulu will wipe them off the map.

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      stellaclose May 1, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

      Not really. The new hulu interface is an abomination.

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        Andy Munro May 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm #

        I had no idea about the interface. How crazy is that ??

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    Pebo Bryson May 1, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

    Hulu will soon provide an affordable
    affordable? ehhhh not really. When did cord cutting become about how many channels you can get for the cheapest price? I get that people want “value” for their money spent but who’s watching “more than 50 popular channels”? Sounds like cheaper cable TV still delivered through a….oh wait. NVM

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      BrianH1972 May 1, 2017 at 3:30 pm #

      i thought cord cutting was always about getting many channels at a cheaper price. If I didn’t want that I would have not only cut the cord but would have also removed the brackets and replaced the spot where my tv sits with a mirror.

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        Pebo Bryson May 1, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

        Nothing wrong with a mirror. You could also find ways to watch what you want without having to pay for a cable lite option which kind of still puts your money in the cable companies pocket. It involves work which for some people just isn’t worth it. Some people just like the idea of cable and will continue to pay for it OTT and that’s ok. To each their own.

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          Sunny Rain May 1, 2017 at 5:46 pm #

          Cord-cutting isn’t about fighting cable companies. It’s about convenience and TV freedom from contracts and cable limitations. I don’t care who gets the money as long as they have the channels, content and features I want available in a convenient manner.

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            Pebo Bryson May 1, 2017 at 11:04 pm #

            Cord cutting is about whatever I want it to be. To you it’s cable a different way to me it’s not cable at all. Your just another mindless consumer like the rest of the OTT fiends. It’s not your fault tho too much TV has got you “programmed” a certain way. Fall in line with the rest of the sheep…bahhhhhhhhhhhh

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            mnsportsgeek May 2, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

            Geez. Someone’s prentenious.

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        JJ May 1, 2017 at 9:35 pm #

        Before Sling TV came along cord cutting didn’t have much to do with channels. For many it still doesn’t. There are no channels on Netflix or Amazon or Vudu.

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          Austin Flack May 2, 2017 at 3:59 pm #

          Amazon has many additional channel options

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      Sunny Rain May 1, 2017 at 5:43 pm #

      Cord cutting isn’t about reducing the number of channels. It’s about making them cheaper and convenient without being bound by contracts and infrastructure that limits your choices with cable. I would actually prefer to see a service that offers all the channels and features like DVR.

      The only reason cord-cutting hasn’t kicked off fully is because none of the services offers everything people want. And then there are other people like you who think cord-cutting means less channels and content. Just because you like certain 12 channels or so, doesn’t mean that’s the exact same channels everybody wants. So, Hulu can’t just decide to settle for those 12 channels and assume everybody watches those. By increasing them to 50 they’re giving most people a chance of finding a couple channels they like.

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    BigO May 1, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

    I hope this means NBC (Comcast) will not create their own streaming service just for their networks.

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      AstroMonster May 2, 2017 at 6:14 am #

      I don’t think one has anything to do with another.

      CBS All Access exists, yet they still work deals with OTT services like YouTube TV and Playstation Vue, and they are working on a deal with DirecTV Now.

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    deguello May 1, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

    I hope it’s got a DVR that can fast forward thru commercials.

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    Richard smith May 1, 2017 at 3:03 pm #

    Its now between Hulu and Vue for the best features

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    David Batten May 1, 2017 at 4:43 pm #

    It is not about the number of channels. If we wanted as many channels as we can get, we would have all stuck with cable TV. You can offer a 100 channel package. But 100 channels of CRAP, still equals CRAP! No matter how you slice it.

    I subscribe to Sling TV Blue. The Sling Blue package includes 45 channels. However, I only watch / the potential of watching 15, plus 2 on-demand only channels. The rest of them I could do without (which include all Spanish and sports channels).
    I want true A La Carte, so I can only pay for the channels I actually watch.

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      Richard smith May 1, 2017 at 5:01 pm #

      And with a la carte you will be paying more for less channels.

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        Doug Beard May 2, 2017 at 3:58 pm #

        Same old tired argument. Yes we all get it, lesser watched broadcasts are subsidized by the collective. 150,000 channels of nothing on is still the CRAP the OP mentioned. We don’t want to subsidize you crappy cooking channel. The economics of which you speak do not play out in reality.

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    Gust May 1, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

    Among popular networks, here’s what they are missing right now:

    HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, TCM (Turner Classic Movie), AMC, among others.

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      Lynnneez May 1, 2017 at 7:48 pm #

      I had missed that Hulu the lacked the above channels. HGTV, Food Network, and Travel Channel are a lot more necessary than any Viacom channels. So far PS Vue has all the channels Hulu will have and the above list of important channels as well as every possible premium channel such as Starz, HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Epix and you can fast forward commercials in both on demand and DVR shows. Not to mention, PS Vue has BBC America and live versions of ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. The only other channels I really want are the two Hallmarks and El Rey. Oh and I nearly forgot the ridiculous number of TV everywhere logins PS vue provides.

      Hulu looks promising but so far what is known about the service isn’t better than what already exists with PS Vue, but it will give competition to every other service out there. Although if Direct TV Now just added a DVR it would be in the #2 spot easily, followed by Hulu, Sling then the rest.

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        Gust May 1, 2017 at 7:56 pm #

        Agree if Direct TV Now starts offering cloud DVR and kept the price at $35 + $5 HBO, they would be hard to beat.

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        Austin Flack May 2, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

        Sling currently has the largest subscriber base.

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      Doug Beard May 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

      AMC is the only one of that group I care at all about.

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    Sunny Rain May 1, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

    I doubt they can go live without AMC Networks. They’re probably busy negotiating right now. AMC is one of the most co-operative in cord-cutting as they support all services so far. And, they’re also popular so, it wouldn’t be wise for Hulu to leave them behind.

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    David1970 May 2, 2017 at 5:14 pm #

    They reached an agreement with CBS? What is the agreement? Will we be able to watch The Big Bang live? I’m guessing no. These seem to be more marketing underhanded sales techniques. If this is the case Hulu is no better than Comcast.