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Hulu secures A+E live streaming deal

Premium television streaming service Hulu is continuing to build up the roster of channels it will offer on its forthcoming live TV streaming service by securing an affiliate agreement with A+E Networks that will bring six original brands from the A+E Networks Family to the platform.

The deal adds live and on-demand streaming access to popular cable networks A&E, History, Lifetime, LMN, FYITM and Viceland to Hulu’s core package of more than 40 live channels, set to launch this spring.

A+E Networks joins a growing list of popular channels from CBS Corporation, 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company and Turner Networks that will be offered at launch.

“As we begin to finalise our new live TV service, we’re pulling together the most valuable, well-rounded package of channels available for under $40 (€37.38),” said Mike Hopkins, CEO of Hulu. “We know the A+E Networks brand of award-winning storytelling is important to our viewers, and we’re very excited to add their networks to the core service we launch this Spring.”

“We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Hulu to offer our A+E Networks’ portfolio of brands on their live TV streaming service at launch,” declared Nancy Dubuc, President and Chief Executive Officer, A+E Networks.  “Having our top six networks available on their core package speaks to the power of our entertainment portfolio in reaching men, women, adults and millennials.”

The deal follows Hulu’s recently announced agreements with CBS Corporation, 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company, which encompasses more than 40 top networks, including broadcast networks CBS, FOX and ABC; Fox Sports networks such as the Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2 and BTN; ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN-SEC and ESPN 3; Fox Regional Sports Networks across dozens of key national markets; Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior; Fox News and Fox Business; Freeform; FX, FXX and FXM; and National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild.

Hulu also previously announced an affiliate agreement with Time Warner Inc. for live and on-demand streaming of Turner’s suite of popular entertainment, sports, news and kids’ networks including TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, Boomerang and Turner Classic Movies.

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