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Hulu Live to Carry 6 A&E Networks, But Not Viacom

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.

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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.

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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.

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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