Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hulu gets Disney/ABC and a new shareholder

The popular online video streaming aggregator site, Hulu has picked up another major content provider - this time Disney/ABC.  Disney and Hulu announced today that they were joining forces to provide online video streaming content from Disney properties (this includes ABC Network) and in turn, Disney will become a joint partner along with NBC and Fox.

So we can expect to see additional prime-time content like Lost, Gray's Anatomy, Desparate Housewives from ABC and then some content from ABC Family and Disney Channel along with some older shows.  ESPN which is also owned by Disney wasn't mentioned probably because they recently made a deal for ESPN content on YouTube.

The press release directly mentions the following shows will be on Hulu:

  • 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 Live
  • 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 Place 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

So that leaves us with CBS which is the only major U.S. broadcast network not with Hulu.  CBS streams to though so all major networks seem to be slowly moving towards some online content one way or another.


Full Press Release on


via LATimes