Hulu has now officially signed up NBC-owned channels for its upcoming live streaming service.
The agreement, which has been expected for weeks, means Hulu Live will be able to offer affiliates of all four broadcast networks in select markets. (Mostly where the network owns the local affiliate, such as Los Angeles where NBC owns the local affiliate, KNBC-TV.)
Hulu previously signed carriage deals with CBS, Disney-owned ABC and Fox.
Hulu Live is expected to launch sometime this month with roughly 50 channels for $40 a month. The service will compete with new live streaming services such as Dish’s Sling TV, AT&T’s DIRECTV Now, Sony’s PlayStation Vue and Google’s YouTube TV as well as traditional pay TV operators such as cable and satellite.
The New York Post reported this week that Hulu Live is not expected to be introduced until the last week of May, in contrast to an earlier report from Tech Crunch that said it would be available by mid-May.
Hulu’s deal with NBC also gives it the live streaming rights to such NBC-owned channels as Bravo, CNBC, E!, Syfy, Telemundo, NBC Sports Network and USA Network. (Pictured above: Blindspot, which airs on NBC.)
— Phillip Swann