This week Disney announced a deal with Comcast that will give them full operating control of Hulu. Comcast still owns about 30% of Hulu but has given Disney full control. As apart of this deal NBCU agreed to extend the license of its content to Hulu through 2024. It also extended its partnership with Hulu’s live TV to offer NBCU content for the next three years. Disney now owns a 60% stake in Hulu, Comcast’s 30% stake is becoming mostly a formality with little control over the company. With a deal between Disney and Comcast likely on the horizon, how this will effect Hulu’s future? We will all have to wait and see.
The all-new Apple TV + app, which brings together all the ways to watch TV into one app, is now available in over 100 countries on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and select Samsung smart TVs. A Watch Now section offers options for recommended movies and TV shows, based on your viewing history. You’ll also be able to easily find your favorite content across all devices. A Kids section is a curated collection of content that’s safe for all ages. You’ll also find a Sports section with rows for each of your favorite teams. Current available channels: HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, Epix, Smithsonian Plus, PBS Living, Acorn TV, Sundance Now, Lifetime Movie Club, Urban Movie Channel, Tastemade, Curiosity Stream, MTV Hits, Comedy Central Now.
Pluto TV is an free ad-supported streaming app now owned by Viacom. this week Pluto TV and Major League Soccer officially announced the launch of a free new MLS channel. There you will find highlights of recent MLS games and classic matches. You will also find original content including The Movement, which explores the intersection of soccer and culture, and The Birth of a Rivalry, MLS’s flagship series about the passion of new rivalries.