Disney Joins Hulu, Brings Along Lots Of Content

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Hulu has suffered its fair share of criticism from dissing Boxee, but now that things seem to be ironed out between the two, we're thrilled to hear that more content is coming to the online video portal. Hulu and The Walt Disney Company today announced that Disney, through a subsidiary of ABC Enterprises Inc., has agreed to join NBC Universal, News Corporation and Providence Equity Partners as a joint venture partner and equity owner of Hulu. What's it all mean, you ask? To suits, it means another thing entirely, but to consumers, it means that Hulu's library of material just got a massive boost.

In fact, the agreement will enhance Hulu’s programming line-up through the expanded online distribution of Disney’s most popular current and library primetime series and library feature films. Specifically, full-length episodes of hit current and library programs like Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Private Practice, Ugly Betty, Scrubs, Greek, Hope and Faith, Less Than Perfect, Wizards of Waverly Place, Phineas and Ferb, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, General Hospital, The View and The Secret Life of the American Teenager will soon be streamed on Hulu on an ad-supported basis.

Robert A. Iger, president and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, seemed pretty proud of getting the deal done: "From our landmark iTunes deal to our pioneering decision to stream ad supported shows on our player, Disney has sought to meet the constantly evolving viewing habits of our consumers, and today’s Hulu announcement is the next important step in that ongoing journey. Disney and Hulu share a focus on delivering the highest-quality entertainment experience and we look forward to working with Hulu to build value for our consumers, our brands and our shareholders."

Following the closing, content available to Hulu users will include:

  • Full-length episodes of ABC primetime programs like Lost, Grey’s
    Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, Samantha Who?, Scrubs,
    Private Practice
    and popular late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel

  • Full-length episodes of hit ABC Family series like The Secret Life
    of the American Teenager
    and Greek

  • Popular series from ABC Daytime and SOAPnet like General Hospital and
    The View

  • Classic series from ABC’s library like Hope and Faith, Less Than
    Perfect, Commander in Chief, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
    and Dancing
    with the Stars

  • Select hit programs from Disney Channel like Wizards of Waverly
    and Phineas and Ferb which can be easily accessed
    from a new DISNEY location in the Channel section of

  • Popular library titles from The Walt Disney Studios

  • Short-form content including webisodes, sneak peeks and episode recaps
    from ABC Entertainment, ABC Family and SOAPnet

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3vi1 replied on Fri, May 1 2009 5:56 PM

Wait... Hulu is now the only way to watch Hannah Montana legally?!?!?!


What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?


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