Mike Hopkins

Hulu adds Disney, Fox to channels

Disney and Fox have come on board Hulu’s new channels streaming service. The deals mean nets including ESPN and Fox Sports will be on the upcoming service, as well as Disney Channel, FX and National Geographic among others. In all, the deals cover 35 nets from Disney and Fox, including their respective broadcast nets ABC […]

Time Warner investment values Hulu at $5.8bn

Hulu has been valued at around US$5.83 billion after Time Warner made a multi-million dollar investment in the US streaming service. Turner and Warner Bros. parent Time Warner paid US$583 million for a 10% stake in Hulu, which already counts 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company and Comcast as part-owners. Former part owner Providence […]

YouTube ‘preps Unplugged TV streaming’

YouTube is reportedly planning an online TV service that will let customers pay to stream a bundle of cable TV channels over the web. According to Bloomberg, the service, dubbed Unplugged, is one of YouTube’s “biggest priorities” and is due to launch as soon as 2017, with the required technical architecture already in place. Citing […]

Hulu launches doc banner, buys Beatles film

Hulu has created a new feature docs banner, Hulu Documentary Films, and bought a Ron Howard film on the Beatles as part of the factual move. The US streaming service announced the news at its Upfront event for advertisers yesterday. Hulu Documentary Films will house original and exclusive feature-docs. Its first acquisition is for the […]

Hulu confirms channel streaming plans

Hulu has confirmed it will start offering streaming of live TV from next year. Speaking 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, […]

Hulu investment pledge as firm makes loss

Hulu made an equity loss in the quarter ending October 3 due to higher content and marketing costs, but the company’s owners plan to continue to up investment in the business. Announcing its fiscal fourth quarter and full year results, The Walt Disney Company – one of Hulu’s three co-owners – said that it was optimistic […]

Hulu boss cool on original movies, international

Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins has said there are no plans afoot to follow the likes of Amazon and Netflix into movies and that there are no international expansion plans afoot, for the short term at least. Hopkins was speaking to US trade The Hollywood Reporter and added that the US$700,000 per episode deal for classic […]

Hulu brings in former Xbox exec

Hulu has appointed former Sonos and Xbox executive Ben Smith as its new senior vice president and head of experience. With the hire, the US video streaming service said it is bringing together four teams to make up its experience organisation – product, user experience, digital video production and customer support. Smith will lead the […]

Ad-free Hulu option added

US streaming service Hulu has begin offering customers an ad-free option. The US$11.99 per month price point is US$4 higher than the with-commercial tier. Hulu claims that those who remain with or choose the cheaper version will watch “fewer commercials than scheduled television”. The news comes in the same week Amazon Prime Instant Video became […]

Hulu, Lionsgate chiefs kick off Cannes confab

Bosses from on-demand service Hulu and US studio Lionsgate Entertainment will kick off MIPCOM this year in Cannes. Lionsgate’s president of worldwide television and digital distribution Jim Packer (right) will sit down with Hulu’s CEO, Mike Hopkins (left) on Monday, October 5, the first day of the market. Packer and Hopkins will discuss Hulu’s recent […]