Hulu is reportedly planning to launch a service that will allow users to live stream broadcast and cable channels along with the library of movies and TV shows that they already provide – essentially adding a ‘skinny bundle’ (ala SlingTV) to its service.
Fox, Disney and Comcast’s NBC Universal all have an ownership stake in Hulu. Licensing deals are being closed to include access to channels from Disney and Fox. Comcast has not agreed to license NBC or any of it other channels, but it’s a silent partner and so can’t object to this service going forward.
Hulu has not yet officially announced this, but three executives with direct knowledge have revealed the news to The Wall Street Journal. Hulu will give its upfront presentation for advertisers this coming Wednesday with the news potentially to be officially announced there.
The company reportedly hopes to roll out the service, which has no name at this point, in the first quarter of 2017 with a $40 a month price tag on offer.