Disney Gains Full Control of Hulu Following Deal With Comcast

Disney has slowly been acquiring a larger stake in Hulu, most recently thanks to its acquisition of certain assets owned by 20th Century Fox. According to Variety, today Disney has "full operational control" of Hulu thanks to a new deal with Comcast.

The deal's terms state that Comcast will retain its 33 percent ownership interest in Hulu through January 2024, after which time either side can demand that the sale of Comcast's Hulu stake go through.


Comcast's NBCUniversal division will continue to license content to Hulu through late 2024. However, the deal includes a few stipulations: as soon as 2020, NBCUniversal will have the right to pull programming that was previously exclusive to Hulu, and by 2022 NBCUniversal will be able to cancel most of its content-licensing agreements with Hulu.

Like most other companies, NBCUniversal has plans to launch its own streaming service within the next few years. The Comcast/Disney deal today includes an arrangement where NBCUniversal will be able to keep its shows on Hulu on a nonexclusive basis (with a reduced licensing fee), while also streaming them on its new service.

As it stands, Hulu today is a platform with content from a wide array of content providers, which upload episodes of TV shows as early as the day after they air on cable. In the past, Disney has said that it plans to keep Hulu as it is and focus its own properties on the Disney+ streaming service. According to CEO Bob Iger, Disney's full ownership of Hulu will create an "even more compelling" service.
“We are now able to completely integrate Hulu into our direct-to-consumer business and leverage the full power of The Walt Disney Company’s brands and creative engines to make the service even more compelling and a greater value for consumers,” Disney chairman/CEO Bob Iger said in a statement about the pact.
For its main streaming service, Disney has announced that Disney+ will launch this November for $6.99 per month. It will include exclusive original series like "The Mandalorian," and various TV shows based on Marvel and Pixar properties.



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10 weeks ago
What Disney is doing should be completely illegal. This is an entertainment monopoly.
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10 weeks ago
All these new subscription services fighting for my money are making it easier for me to just decide to watch less TV and go outside to experience real life! #SPF50
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10 weeks ago

All these new subscription services fighting for my money are making it easier for me to just decide to watch less TV and go outside to experience real life! #SPF50


I've got to agree. So many more choices than in the past, but I ultimately watch way less tv than I used to and I am more deliberate about what I am going to watch when I do watch tv.


Agreed here as well.

If you feel the need to subscribe to a dozen TV services, what you really need to do is change your lifestyle before you and your couch merge into one inseparable entity suffering from sedentary health problems.
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10 weeks ago

All these new subscription services fighting for my money are making it easier for me to just decide to watch less TV and go outside to experience real life! #SPF50


I've got to agree. So many more choices than in the past, but I ultimately watch way less tv than I used to and I am more deliberate about what I am going to watch when I do watch tv.
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10 weeks ago
End of Hulu as we know it at some point. Shame.

Since Disney will have Disney+ and everyone else competing with their own apps it’s only a matter of time Hulu has no other content than Disney+. At that point the consumer has multiple payments to multiple TV apps and paying much more than ever before for the same amount of content we were getting before.

Really hurts us, the consumer when monopolies are allowed to own everything,
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10 weeks ago
Netflix’s solo party is over. Disney + Hulu can easily overtake it in content availability.
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10 weeks ago

What Disney is doing should be completely illegal. This is an entertainment monopoly.


...lol. Ya. You can get entertainment elsewhere besides Disney.
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10 weeks ago
I always hated that Hulu made me pay and I had to watch ads. I bought their ad-free tier when it came out, but I realized it wasn't worth it to pay for watching reruns of good shows in the background because most newer network TV content sucks since all the talent has gone to cable or companies like Netflix. When I got my AirPods I started listening to podcasts more. So instead of watching The Office for the 14th time I'm keeping up on current events and learning new things while working around the house and getting things done.
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10 weeks ago
Calling Disney a monopoly is laughable. There are several well-known competitors.

Personally I get my TV/movie entertainment via subscription to Netflix and Amazon Prime. Occasional titles are purchased or rented from iTunes and VUDU. I might sign up for one month of CBS All Access to watch Star Trek, and one month of HBO to watch Game of Thrones. I even rent discs occasionally. In the article it states that Comcast/NBC/Universal is going to pull their content from Hulu to create their own channel, so that's another competitor.

Big? Yes.
Monopoly? No.
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10 weeks ago
(Sigh)

Greed is always the entertainment industry’s downfall. I don’t want to have to subscribe to a bunch of individual streaming services with individual apps from individual networks that I must jump between. That is a HUGE step backwards, yet sounds like where things are ultimately heading. Hulu is a nice alternative that has most of the shows I watch all in one place. I like it that way.
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