Hulu today announced a sizable content deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution that will allow Hulu to add nearly 3,000 more episodes of popular TV shows, including dramas and comedies, to Hulu’s streaming service. The deal will give Hulu the streaming rights to several well-known titles, such as “How I Met Your Mother,” “Burn Notice,” “Bones,” and “Glee,” and will also bring to Hulu the full back catalog of older shows, like “MAS*H” and “NYPD Blue,” as well.
21st Century Fox owns roughly a third of Hulu, but Hulu still has to negotiate for streaming rights to 20th Century Fox content.
The new agreement comes shortly after Hulu announced another deal with 20th Century Fox earlier this month, which allows the service to expand its offering of animated series, including the full libraries for shows like “Bob’s Burgers,” “American Dad!,” and “Futurama,” among others.
And another recent deal between Hulu and 20th Century Fox made the service the exclusive subscription video on-demand home to the top drama “This Is Us,” plus other notable shows.
According to Hulu, the TV programs wrapped into this new deal will be steadily rolled out to Hulu’s service over the coming weeks. A partial list of the forthcoming shows includes several wrapped and cancelled series as well as back catalog content from classic shows: “How I Met Your Mother,” “Raising Hope,” “The Bernie Mac Show” etc.
The multi-year deal is for the Hulu on-demand subscription service, including customers on the limited commercials and the ad-free plans, the company says. That means customers who subscribe only to the on-demand service will gain access, as well those who subscribe to Hulu Live TV, given that the Live TV service includes Hulu’s on-demand library, too.