Hulu announced Tuesday it has signed deals with 21st Century Fox and the Walt Disney Company, securing a variety of major TV channels including ABC, Fox, ESPN, Fox News, FX and more for its service.
Hulu’s live TV is scheduled to be available in early 2017, and will compete with Dish Network’s Sling and PlayStation Vue.
“We’re building a service that offers subscribers the most sought-after programming on televisions - and channels from 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company are essential to that mix,” said Mike Hopkins CEO of Hulu, in a press release.
The deals with Disney and Fox include 35 networks. The Time Warner deal brings TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang, among other channels, to Hulu’s live service.
The channels included in the Disney and Fox agreement: Broadcast networks FOX and ABC; Fox Sports networks such as Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2 and BTN; ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPNU, ESPN-SEC and ESPN-3; Fox Regional Sports Networks across dozens of markets; Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior; Fox News and Fox Business; Freeform; FX, FXX and FX, and National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild.
Hulu already has an agreement with Turner to carry its networks to the TV service, as part of Time Warner’s $583 million investment in Hulu.
Hulu is also in discussions with other content providers for the service, which it announced in May.
Hulu has not announced the pricing for the live TV service. By the time it debuts, Hulu’s TV service will be cost lower than traditional cable. The Wall Street Journal reported in May that Hulu’s live TV service would cost $40.
AT&T is planning to launch DirectTV Now in November, which will cost $35 per month and offers more than 100 channels.