Hulu confirms channel streaming plans

Hulu has confirmed it will start offering streaming of live TV from next year.

Mike HopkinsSpeaking at the company’s Upfront yesterday, CEO Mike Hopkins said the on-demand service will start making “live programming from broadcast and cable brands” available from next year.

The Wall Street Journal broke the story earlier this week.

At that point ABC, ESPN and Disney Channel, Fox News, FX and Fox’s sports channels were thought to be part of the plan, although Hopkins did not reference specific channel brands.

He did say, however, that the streaming options will cover live sport, news and events.

Hopkins added that viewers will not need an existing cable subscription to watch the content.

Hulu’s current on-demand streaming service offers hundreds of thousands of hours of TV programming and movies to subscribers with limited commercials for US$7.99 per month or with no commercials for US$11.99 per month.

It announced its new programming line-up at the same Upfront event.