Hulu Live, the company’s upcoming live streaming service, will carry six A&E networks at launch, according to Bloomberg News.
The channels are A&E, History Channel, Lifetime (Project Runway, pictured), Lifetime Movie Network, FYI and Viceland.
Hulu Live, which is expected to begin service this fall with 40 channels for roughly $35 a month, previously secured agreements with Disney, Fox and CBS for its channels, which include ABC, NBC and CBS in markets where the network owns the local affiliate. Those deals also cover a large number of cable networks such as ESPN and the Disney Channel.
Bloomberg writes that Hulu Live is not expected to carry Viacom-owned channels, which include MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Spike. The news service said Hulu was unable to reach an agreement with the programmer.
Sony’s PlayStation Vue, another live streaming service, also does not carry Viacom, which could pose an issue for Viacom if either service generates a large number of subscribers in the coming months. Rival programmers such as A&E could accumulate more viewers, which would give them an edge competing for advertisers.
In addition to Vue and Hulu Live, the live streaming category includes the Dish-owned Sling TV and DIRECTV Now. Both carry Viacom.
After Hulu launches its live service, the company will continue to operate its on-demand streaming service, which costs $7.99 a month.
— Phillip Swann