November 7, 2019
In a major PR boost for its over-the-top platforms, Disney CEO Bob Iger Nov. 7 said the company’s pending SVOD service, Disney+, would be available on Amazon Fire TV, in addition to Samsung and LG smart televisions when the service launches on Nov. 12.
Separately, Iger said the FX Network would begin to stream original and catalog programs on Hulu as Disney plans to expand the SVOD service overseas.
The FX catalog includes about 40 original series earmarked for Hulu, with new episodes available to stream the day after airing on the FX Network.
This is the first time a cable network has made its programming available for streaming just hours after initial broadcast.
“This is a watershed moment,” analyst Richard Greenfield with LightShed Partners, said on Twitter.
FX will continue to honor existing distribution deals with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video before migrating them to Hulu.
Other FX shows include “Atlanta,” “Better Things,” “Fargo,” “Mayans,” “Pose,” “Snowfall” and “What We Do in the Shadows.” New titles include “The Last Man” and “Breeders.”
Iger said cable network FX programming, such as “American Horror Story,” “The Americans,” “American Crime Story,” “A Teacher,” “The Old Man,” and “Devs,” would feature significantly on Hulu.
Twentieth Century Fox’s super hero franchise “Deadpool” will also stream on Hulu.
Iger said Fox Searchlight would also produce original programming for Hulu — despite the studio’s existing output deal with HBO. The CEO hinted that agreement may be changed in the near-term to facilitate Hulu’s planned expansion into the United Kingdom.