Streaming service Hulu is partnering with Discovery to bring five of its networks and nearly 4,000 episodes of programming to Hulu’s live and on-demand service offerings, the two companies said Wednesday.
Discovery Channel, TLC, ID, Motor Trend and Animal Planet all will become available on Hulu starting in December. They join Scripps Interactive’s HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel, which have been available on Hulu’s Live TV service since its launch in spring 2017. Discovery completed its launch of Scripps Interactive in March.
“At Discovery, we are committed to bringing our portfolio of high-quality, safe family friendly brands and content to viewers across every screen, service and device around the world,” said Eric Phillips, president of affiliate distribution, Discovery, in a statement. “Our new agreement with Hulu affirms the strength of our brands and their value to viewers in a marketplace with an increasing array of options.”
Shows coming to Hulu as a result of the Discovery deal include Deadliest Catch, MythBusters, Say Yes to the Dress, Naked and Afraid, Gold Rush and Street Outlaws.
Hulu also reached a licensing agreement with OWN, which is a joint venture between Discovery and Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions, to bring to the service four Tyler Perry series — The Haves and the Have Nots, If Loving You Is Wrong, The Paynes and Love They Neighbor. Those series join Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar, which already was available on Hulu.
“As the only streaming service offering a complete television experience, Hulu continues to strike strategic, efficient deals with top brands that bring extraordinary value to all of our subscribers,” said Lisa Holme, vice president of content acquisition, and Reagan Feeney, vice president of network partnerships, Hulu, also in a statement.
Hulu’s live TV service is available for $40 per month and includes access to the on-demand service with limited advertising. The live service has more than 800,000 subscribers, while more than 20 million viewers subscribe to Hulu’s on-demand platform, which is available on a standalone basis for $8 per month with ads and $12 per month without ads.
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