For the cord-cutters of the world, one of the big challenges has been getting around limitations on shows broadcast via traditional outlets and popular cable TV channels. Even when services like Netflix and Hulu were able to get access to some of this traditional programming, they often had to do so via a delay and sometimes through extra charges. Sources familiar with what Hulu has in the works indicate the online platform is planning to roll-out a new streaming service that would provide feeds of broadcast and cable TV channels placing them in competition with pay-TV providers and some other new entrants to the market on the digital, streaming side.
The key to making this possible for Hulu appears to be the fact that two of their co-owners, Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox, are open to making this happen as soon as early 2017. Those two media giants are nearing the completion of new agreements to license many of their channels to Hulu. This means Hulu will have access to channels like ABC, ESPN, Fox News, FX and Fox’s array of national and regional sports channels. Meanwhile, Comcast Corp. via NBCUniversal, which also has a partner stake in Hulu, is holding back according to sources familiar with the project.
If Hulu is able to create this new product for consumers to access content, would you consider dropping your traditional pay-TV provider (if you still have one)?
source: The Wall Street Journal