Disney Channel’s shows will soon be available to stream on Hulu, thanks to a new deal between the two companies. Over the past few years, media has become increasingly digital with the rise of services like Hulu and Netflix. So much so that certain shows are written exclusively for Netflix and other streaming services without even giving consideration to mainstream cable networks. This probably isn’t the final nail in cable’s coffin, but things could always change.
The L.A. Times discovered that the deal between Disney and Hulu would add over 500 episodes, plus a selection of original movies from Disney Jr. and Disney XD. Disney also owns other titans of media such as ESPN, Marvel, and ABC Family (renamed Freeform), so this could potentially make a large library of popular content available for online streaming.
It’s not clear yet what Disney will get out of the Hulu deal, other than the obvious chance to spread Disney shows to yet another platform. Hulu plans currently come in three different flavors: a free trial (lasts one week and has commercials); a Limited Commercial plan for $7.99/month; and finally, a No Commercial plan for $11.99/month. Additionally, upgrading to a paid plan allows users to watch content in HD. It’s possible Disney will get a cut of these royalties whenever their shows are streamed via Hulu.
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The Hollywood Reporter mentioned that KC Undercover and Dog With A Blog are included in the list of Disney channel shows Hulu will be acquiring. It’s clear that shows like these are targeted at a younger audience, so it makes sense in the context of Hulu’s other recent acquisition, Curious George. KC Undercover tells the tale of a young girl with a black belt whose parents recruit her to a secret spy organization, while Dog With A Blog revolves around a dog named Stan who can talk and whose blog causes trouble for his family.
Disney has made other attempts to go digital in the recent past, as well. Its franchise game Kingdom Hearts Unchained X debuted for Android and iOS phones in April of 2016, and it has also developed a number of Kingdom Hearts games for franchises as well.
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ABCNews.com also mentioned there are other, undisclosed programs that Disney will be signing over to Hulu in the deal. Disney has given us an inside look at some movies such as Toy Story 4 and Finding Dory that it’s releasing this year, so we might see those films added to Hulu’s growing roster as well. It’s not clear whether Disney retains any of the rights to the shows it will be giving to Hulu.
Hulu also draws on offerings from other big cable networks like Nickelodeon, as well as sprinkling in its own original series like the new comedy Casual. Hulu offers Nickelodeon classics such as SpongeBob Squarepants,Rugrats, and Hey Arnold! if you’re looking for a quick throwback. Let us know what you’d like to see on Hulu in the future, and if you’re happy with the shows available now.
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