Hulu and Discovery Ink New Distribution Agreement

Discovery and Hulu have announced a distribution agreement that will extend Discovery’s portfolio brands to Hulu’s on-demand and live TV subscription streaming services.

The multi-year agreement increases Hulu’s offering of top Discovery programming to nearly 4,000 episodes of popular shows, including “Deadliest Catch,” “MythBusters,” “Say Yes to the Dress,” “Naked and Afraid,” “Property Brothers,” “Gold Rush,” “Street Outlaws,” “Chopped,” “Chopped Jr.,” “Fixer Upper,” “House Hunters” and “House Hunters International,” available outside of Discovery’s networks exclusively to Hulu across all of its subscription plans.

The deal will also bring five additional Discovery networks, including Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Motor Trend, the rebranded Velocity network and Animal Planet, to Hulu’s live television plan, Hulu With Live TV. The networks join HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel, which have been available on the service since its launch through a previous agreement with Scripps Networks Interactive, now owned by Discovery. The five additional channels will be available to stream live beginning in December.

“At Discovery, we are committed to bringing our portfolio of high-quality, safe family friendly brands and content to viewers across every screen, service and device around the world,” said Eric Phillips, president of affiliate distribution at Discovery, in a statement.  “Our new agreement with Hulu affirms the strength of our brands and their value to viewers in a marketplace with an increasing array of options.”

“As the only streaming service offering a complete television experience, Hulu continues to strike strategic, efficient deals with top brands that bring extraordinary value to all of our subscribers,” said Lisa Holme, VP of content acquisition, and Reagan Feeney, VP of network partnerships, at Hulu in a statement. “Discovery’s brand is synonymous with high-quality unscripted entertainment that TV fans love, which is why we are excited to bring their entire portfolio to our platform, across all of our subscription plans.”

Concurrent with the Discovery partnership, Hulu reached a licensing agreement with OWN — which is part of the Discovery Networks family — to bring four of the network’s top-rated scripted series exclusively to Hulu. All past episodes of Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots,” “If Loving You is Wrong,” “The Paynes” and “Love Thy Neighbor” are now available to stream for the first time, only on Hulu. They join the complete library of OWN series “Queen Sugar” from Ava DuVernay and Warner Horizon.

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