Hulu is taking aim at cornering the cord-cutter market with a cable-esque online subscription service, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The streaming service — which today has 10 million subscribers for its Netflix-style, on-demand vehicle – will add the availability of live broadcast and cable TV channels, à la Sling TV, as soon as the first quarter of 2017. The yet-to-be-named service will operate in a similar way to cable TV rather than the on-demand programming Hulu and its streaming competitors currently offer. It won’t be the channel overload that former TV subscribers fled from, but it is rumored to have an array of channels from Hulu co-owners Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox.
The future Hulu live TV subscription service is expected to run around $40 a month. Disney and Fox certainly aren’t lacking for network options. One major draw for future purchasers could be the sports networks owned by Disney and Fox, since sports broadcasts don’t fit the on-demand model.
Exactly which networks haven’t been named, but here is the complete breakdown of the possibilities:
Disney owned (or partially owned) networks
- ABC and ABC’s local affiliates
- ESPN (including ESPN 2, ESPN 3, and ESPN News)
- University of Texas sports channel the Longhorn Network
- Disney Channel
- The History Channel
- The Biography Channel
Fox owned (or partially owned) networks
- Fox News
- Fox Business
- FX (including FXX and FXM)
- National Geographic Channel
- Nat Geo WILD
- FOX Sports 1 and 2
- Fox Sports Network
- 22 regional cable sports networks
- Fox College Sports
- The Big 10 college conference’s sports TV network BTN
Bonus: Comcast owns a third of Hulu, but as the Journal reports, Comcast’s networks aren’t on the rumored network list. Yet. After all, if money is being made, why would Comcast not want to hop on the train with its extensive list of properties?
Some of Comcast’s most popular networks
- NBC, including entertainment, news, and sports branches, as well as local affiliates
- Golf Channel
- USA Network
- The Weather Channel
- Mountain West college sports conference network The Mtn