A new licensing pact has been struck between Hulu and Disney which will see the subscription video service score exclusive subscription streaming rights to 56 films from the Disney back catalog.
Disney owns 30% of Hulu so such a deal doesn’t come as a huge surprise, but it does mark the biggest movie licensing deal for Hulu to date.
Hulu started to add first titles this week with further titles to hit in coming months, but all are for older films as competitor Netflix struck a multi-year deal with Disney in that year and has been getting new theatrical releases from the Mouse on an exclusive basis for a few months now.
With this deal, some of those older Disney titles currently on Netflix might make the jump to Hulu. Films in the deal include the likes of animated features like “The Emperor’s New Groove,” “Hercules,” “Lilo and Stitch,” “Mulan,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Pocahontas,” “The Princess and the Frog” and “Tarzan”.
Live-action titles include “Air Bud,” “Con Air,” “Gone in 60 Seconds,” “The Mighty Ducks,” “Muppets Treasure Island,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion,” “Sister Act” and “Step Up”.