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Hulu has partnered with Showtime to launch the premium cable network’s streaming service in July, Showtime chairman and CEO Matthew C. Blank announced on Tuesday with Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins. Starting next month, Hulu subscribers will have the option to add Showtime to their Hulu subscription and stream on most internet-connected devices. The deal makes Showtime the first premium service to be offered on Hulu. Hulu’s nearly nine million subscribers will soon be able to sign up for Showtime through its online site, granting them unlimited on-demand access to every season of Showtime’s original series and new episodes as they debut. »
- Kathy Zerbib
Hulu will sell Showtime Networks’ Internet-streaming service to subscribers beginning in early July across an array of devices — giving Hulu more firepower to fight its chief rival, Netflix.
Hulu will offer Showtime to subs for $8.99 per month — 18% less than the $10.99 the cabler’s Ott service will cost through device partners — in addition to $7.99-per-month Hulu subscription. The CBS-owned premium network is the first premium service to be offered to Hulu’s nearly 9 million U.S. subscribers. Also in early July, Showtime is launching its over-the-top service on Apple devices, Roku players and Roku TV, and Sony’s PlayStation Vue. The service is slated to debut prior to the July 12 premieres of Showtime original series “Ray Donovan” and “Masters of Sex.”
Hulu subscribers will have unlimited on demand access to every season of Showtime original series, including “Homeland” (pictured above) as well as access to new episodes as they premiere, along with documentary and sports programming, »
- Todd Spangler
Craig Erwich’s corner office at Hulu took some getting used to: It doesn’t have any walls. Like everyone who works at the digital studio — from CEO Mike Hopkins on down — the head of content sits in a cubicle. That’s part of the corporate culture. “I get a lot of stimulation from being around other people, so quite frankly, it’s actually a really good environment for me,” says Erwich, who joined last year from Warner Horizon. “I always found at my old jobs that all the really good conversations happened in the coffee room or in the parking lot or in the elevator. This is like being in the elevator all the time.”
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One of the perks at Hulu is the well-stocked kitchen with its free snacks, and Erwich admits his guilty pleasure is the old-school ice cream sandwiches. »
- Debra Birnbaum
Hulu will no longer calls its paid subscription Hulu Plus. The streaming video platform has officially dropped the “Plus” from the name of its premium option and now simply refers to both its free, ad-supported model and its paid subscription service as Hulu.
Hulu hasn’t yet entirely removed the Plus branding from across its web properties; its site still says “try Hulu Plus for free” and its app descriptions still mention Plus. But the video platform (which recently acquired streaming rights to Seinfeld for a total of $130 million) sent an email to its paying subscribers on June 16, 2015, announcing the name change: “We’ve had a blast with our old friend Plus but it’s time to move on. We just wanted to let you know that we are retiring the Hulu Plus name. From now on, we will just be known as Hulu. No ‘Plus.’”
According to Variety, Hulu »
- Bree Brouwer
Hulu removed TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting from its site Thursday, May 28, after star Josh Duggar guiltily acknowledged child molestation accusations against him last week, but the move may not be permanent. In an interview with CNNMoney, chief executive officer Mike Hopkins seemed to suggest there’s a possibility the show could return to the streaming service. The wildly popular reality series is unavailable on the site just “for the time being,” Hopkins said. He went on to explain that Hulu and TLC are “partners,” and because “they [...] »
Hulu removed episodes of 19 Kids and Counting late Wednesday in the wake of the Josh Duggar scandal, but the TLC reality show may not be gone from the site for good. In an interview with CNN Thursday, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins said that the show has been taken down "for the time being," but left open the possibility that old episodes may once again be offered on the site in the future. Read More '19 Kids and Counting' Yanked From Hulu Amid Josh Duggar Scandal Controversy has plagued 19 Kids and Counting for days following allegations that Duggar
- Kate Stanhope
At its annual "upfront" presentation to advertisers on Wednesday, streaming service Hulu unveiled its secret weapon, aimed at capturing the hearts and subscription dollars of millions of millennials: Jerry Seinfeld.
Yep, the cornerstone of the strategy behind what Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins calls "the year Hulu will break out" is the site's acquisition of "Seinfeld" reruns. Hulu will have exclusive streaming rights to all 180 episodes of the landmark sitcom.
Now, granted, that's a pretty big deal, especially since Hulu paid an estimated $700,000 to $1 million per episode, for a total expenditure of $126 to $180 million. That's a lotta yada yada.
But, c'mon... "Seinfeld" reruns?
Yes, "Seinfeld" is a great show, maybe the greatest sitcom ever. Most of the episodes hold up surprisingly well, considering that the show went off the air 17 years ago. But are two-decade-old reruns the way to grab the primarily young viewers that Hulu and its advertisers want?
- Gary Susman
AMC and Hulu have agreed on a multi-year deal that will allow the latter to exclusively stream the upcoming Fear The Walking Dead and other AMC programs following their TV debuts. Also featured in our latest round-up is a trailer for the Goners Volume 1: We All Fall Down trade paperback, as well as details on Melbourne-based theatre company The Laudanum Project's new show, The Grand Guignol Automaton.
Fear The Walking Dead: Press Release -- "New York, NY (April 29, 2015) – Hulu has closed a landmark, multi-year deal with AMC Networks Inc. for the exclusive subscription video on demand (Svod) rights to new and upcoming primetime scripted drama and comedy series from AMC, IFC, BBC America, SundanceTV and We tv. The new agreement will make Hulu the exclusive streaming home to the highly anticipated The Walking Dead companion series, Fear the Walking Dead, and future scripted series from across all five networks. »
- Derek Anderson
Hulu has secured an exclusive output deal with AMC Networks that will include all episodes of an upcoming series being spun off from TV’s top-rated hit, “The Walking Dead,” the company revealed at its NewFront presentation Wednesday.
The pact is the second major move Hulu made on the licensing front that unveiled this week. Leaking shortly before the Newfront event was news that Hulu has exclusively landed the entire run of “Seinfeld” from Sony Pictures Television in a mega-deal that could cost as much as $180 million. The episodes premiere in June.
“FX and AMC are the most important contributors to the new golden age of television,” said Hulu programming chief Craig Erwich, citing a previously announced deal with FX Networks. “Our competitors have some of their libraries, but we will have all of their future.”
- Andrew Wallenstein
Hulu is really aiming to become a force to be reckoned with, and considering the exclusives they already have, and the original content (most of which is awesome, by the way), they are well on their way. Now they’re adding exclusive streaming rights to CSI, and, as mentioned in the press release below, they’ll soon have Elementary as well.
The move is an interesting one, and with Hulu apparently looking for as many exclusives as they can get, it’s one that makes sense. As for me, frankly, I’m not a huge fan of any shows that are acronym-titled, and with what an exclusive deal probably cost for this one, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the other major players didn’t fight all that hard.
At any rate, if you’re looking for your fix of CSI, you know where you’re going to have to go. »
- Marc Eastman
10 items from 2015
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