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Eye on Demand | August 18, 2017

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News: Hulu Announces Live TV Channels

News: Hulu Announces Live TV Channels

As mentioned way back in May, Hulu are planning to add live streaming channels to their on-demand lineup and now they’ve announced what many of these will be.

Come early 2017, more than 35 networks will provide live channels on Hulu’s platform including ABC, FOX, Fox Sports channels, ESPN channels, Disney Channel and XD, Freeform, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang.

The all come via founding partners Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox, and Times Warner which recently purchased a 10% slice of Hulu for $583 million. Viacom will also be providing live channels, but no Viacom networks have yet been made public.

Live streaming via the Internet is all the rage right now in America, but Hulu’s foray into the market comes a little late to the party.

Sony’s Playstation Vue has been around for a while now, and Dish’s Sling TV service has been making huge waves in the cord cutting world, but neither of them will have Hulu’s huge on-demand library.

As far as pricing goes, no details have been released, but he Wall Street Journal rumoured last may that it could cost a staggering $40 per month – most of which will be to provide access to free-to-air channels from ABC and FOX.

Whoever said free TV comes cheap in the US…

 

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