Hulu’s long-awaited skinny bundle service is getting closer to the market. Hulu has announced a new deal with A+E Networks, which will bring a big chunk of key channels to the service.
Deals like this are important for skinny bundles, because a relatively small number of companies control the rights to a large number of channels. In the case of A+E Networks, there’s a lot more at stake than just namesake channel A&E. A+E Networks is also the company behind popular channels like History Channel, Lifetime, and LMN, among others.
Hulu already has deals in place with other TV network giants, including the CBS Corporation (which owns CBS and the CW, among others), 21st Century Fox (FOX, FX, FS1), and Disney (ABC, ESPN, Freeform).
Hulu’s new skinny bundle service will compete with existing skinny bundles like Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DIRECTV NOW. It will also compete with YouTube TV, the new skinny bundle from Google’s YouTube, which is set to be released around the same time as Hulu’s own entry.
Hulu says their new skinny bundle will feature a base package of more than 40 channels. The service is expected to launch in spring of this year.
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