Hulu to ‘Live Stream’ Turner Nets

All Turner cable networks will be carried on Hulu’s upcoming ”live streaming service,” set to launch next year. The Turner networks include TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, truTV, Boomerang and Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

In current industry jargon, “live streaming” refers to a cable TV-like subscription package delivered via streaming. Competitors to the new Hulu service, which reportedly will cost around $35/month, include Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. The Turner channels represent the first carriage agreements Hulu has announced for the new venture.

Today’s announcement coincided with a deal in which Turner parent Time Warner bought 10% of Hulu. The rest of Hulu is jointly owned by Disney, 21st Century Fox, and Comcast – whose properties include the ABC, Fox and NBC broadcast networks, along with loads of cable channels – so you can easily speculate on what else might eventually be included in the live streaming service.

Notably however, HBO — Time Warner’s other major cable property besides Turner — was not included in the live streaming deal. HBO, of course, has its own stand-alone streaming service – HBO Now.





About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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