Hulu and Discovery have confirmed a partnership which will bring the latter’s on-demand and live programming to Hulu’s online TV streaming service. The companies had reportedly been negotiating a deal for well over a year, even before Hulu launched its live TV streaming service. Not only will it get access to live Discovery programming, it will also let subscribers access countless on-demand episodes.
Five additional Discovery networks will be coming to Hulu as part of this multi-year deal – Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Motor Trend and Animal Planet. These networks will be available to subscribers starting December 2018.
The existing networks on the service are HGTV, Travel Channel, and Food Network as part of Hulu’s agreement with Scripps Networks Interactive that’s owned by Discovery. The on-demand lineup of Discovery shows will include almost 4,000 episodes of non-fiction programming. Multiple Discovery shows will stream on Hulu exclusively, such as Deadliest Catch and MythBusters.
Hulu isn’t raising the subscription fee for its service even though it will now offer additional Discovery programming which it’s obviously having to pay for. Subscribers will continue to pay $40 per month for Hulu With Live TV until further notice. They not only get more than 60 live channels now but also full access to Hulu’s entire on-demand content library.