Hulu sent out a press release today announcing that their library will soon get one of its largest additions yet. According to the release, Hulu has signed an agreement with media giant (and part owner) 20th Century Fox which includes over 3000 episodes of classic and contemporary television series. The new additions will be available to all Hulu subscribers regardless of which package they subscribe to.
Hulu hasn’t yet released a full list of the series coming to their library, but the press release does include a partial list organized into genres like “Long-Running Dramas,” “Hit Comedies,” and “Fan Favorites.” The new series will iconic classics like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, NYPD Blue, M*A*S*H, and The Bob Newhart Show, as well as newer series such as Burn Notice, How I Met Your Mother, Bones, The Bernie Mac Show, and Glee. There is even a “Cult Hits” category which includes the likes of Joss Whedon’s science fiction series Dollhouse and Elijah Wood’s dark, absurdist comedy Wilfred – you know, that show with the guy in the dog suit. The deal includes dozens of other yet-to-be-named titles from 20th Century Fox’s extensive library.
This agreement between Hulu and 20th Century Fox shouldn’t be too much of a surprise given that Fox is a 30% minority owner of Hulu. Hulu’s library recently grew thanks to a large selection of Fox’s adult animated sitcoms such as Bob’s Burgers, Futurama, and The Cleveland Show, a selection of CNN documentary films and series, and from another similar deal with brought some HBO and Cinemax original content to the streaming service.
Despite the launch of their new live TV streaming service and these content acquisitions, Hulu still lags behind standout leader Netflix in the great streaming wars. Could these deals signal a more aggressive push to pick up more top-shelf content in an attempt to attract viewers?