HBO is in ‘late stage talks’ to provide content for Hulu, the New York Post reports today.
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Hulu, which offers a subscription Video on Demand service as well as a live TV plan, already offers Showtime. But the addition of HBO’s live channel, and on-demand library, would make the company more competitive in its battle against Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, and live streamers such as DIRECTV Now and Sling TV.
Time Warner, which owns HBO, also has a 10 percent stake in Hulu, which could help further the deal.
The New York Post reports that Hulu is anxious to complete an agreement prior to the debut of season seven of Game of Thrones, which debuts on July 16.
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The online live HBO channel is already available on Net TV services such as DIRECTV Now, PlayStation Vue and Sling TV. It’s also available as an independent online service under the title, HBO Now, for $14.99 a month.
— Phillip Swann