Hulu agrees to international TV deals

According to Financial Times, Hulu has signed international deals including UK programming and Saavn, one of the largest distributors of Bollywood movies.

Among the programs that will begin airing on Hulu include episodes of Green Wing, Peep Show, Doc Martin, Anything for Love and I Want To Be A Hilton, making these programs viewable to a US audience for the first time.

Last week, Disney struck a deal with Hulu, giving them a 30% stake in the company and will be airing episodes of Desperate Housewives, General Hospital, Greek, Grey's Anatomy, Hope and Faith, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Less Than Perfect, Lost, Phineas and Ferb, Private Practice, Scrubs, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Ugly Betty, The View, Wizards of Waverly Place, and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

With these new international deals, it's possible that Hulu could become viewable outside the US, and company executives are in talks to launch the site in eight of the leading international broadcast markets.

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I can't wait to be able to watch shows on Hulu Great move! I hated that little message which came up saying shows were only accessible to those in the US.

it's possible that Hulu could become viewable outside the US

Uhhh yeah, I fail to see what their big problem is. Get on with it Hulu, there's a whole world outside the USA. In fact, some of your neighbors to the North even have television sets. Doesn't that just blow your mind?

C_Guy said,
it's possible that Hulu could become viewable outside the US

Uhhh yeah, I fail to see what their big problem is. Get on with it Hulu, there's a whole world outside the USA. In fact, some of your neighbors to the North even have television sets. Doesn't that just blow your mind?

And I suppose your reaction is the same when reading articles about services that aren't available in the United States?

C_Guy said,
it's possible that Hulu could become viewable outside the US

Uhhh yeah, I fail to see what their big problem is. Get on with it Hulu, there's a whole world outside the USA. In fact, some of your neighbors to the North even have television sets. Doesn't that just blow your mind?

+1, and they wonder why bittorrent is so popular...

dead.cell said,
Bandwidth costs money.

Doesn't that just blow your mind?

Well no ****, you don't think they make profit despite that?

C_Guy said,
it's possible that Hulu could become viewable outside the US

Uhhh yeah, I fail to see what their big problem is. Get on with it Hulu, there's a whole world outside the USA. In fact, some of your neighbors to the North even have television sets. Doesn't that just blow your mind?


stop being jealous.
kevin weiner said
Last week, Disney struck a deal with Hulu..

Still waiting for discovery/national geographic to sign on!

I'd really like to see Hulu get the required agreements to stream US shows in Canada. We're already able to access a majority of the same content through CTV.ca, CBC.ca and other sites, but it would be nice to have it in a centralized location (in high-def!)

outside of the U.S. and UK, who else creates great content? in most networks around the world, the best shows are still the american tv, most national tv (ANYWHERE) tends to be crap. except the japanese prank jokes, those are very good in any without even understanding a single word.

Both Australia and Canada create great TV shows. A couple of such examples that comes out of Australia are Underbelly and Thank God You're Here.

Vakerorokero, where are you getting your data from that most networks around the world create crap? Or are you just talking out of your ass and being both ignorant and arrogant.

No offence to anybody in the US, but I find the current shows being produced absolute garbage. They are all either mindless violence, sex, or "reality" shows.
I used to love watching shows from the US in the early 90s and would spend at least 3 hours watching tv. Nowadays, I don't watch anything except the amazing race (not because of the people it in, I wish they would make a version that doesn't have anybody racing and just sightseeing).

However, I find shows and documentaries being produced by CBC lately to be amazing and have real production value. They co-produced Plant Earth with the BBC and have some great new 1 hour series playing. I just wish they would get rid of coronation street and antique roadshow, as that is really hurting them with the below 90 year old crowd. It's a shame the government is trying to kill the CBC when they are finally getting good (and almost everything is in HD and new!).

Vakerorokero said,
outside of the U.S. and UK, who else creates great content? in most networks around the world, the best shows are still the american tv, most national tv (ANYWHERE) tends to be crap. except the japanese prank jokes, those are very good in any without even understanding a single word.

The world is widest that you can even imagine.
Japan TV is not filled with weird shows, French TV is not plagued with boring programs, Italian TV is not about pizza,Spain tv is not filled with people dancing the macarena and so on and Mexico... ok, Mexico tv= 50% Soccer + 50% lousy Soap Operas. :-/


WiLLB3RT said,
Both Australia and Canada create great TV shows. A couple of such examples that comes out of Australia are Underbelly and Thank God You're Here.

Add Farscape and Neighbours (if you like soaps) for Australia.

Compare that or the "most likely" little they "might" add to turning on the TV and sitting there for 3 minutes through commercials.