Netflix may rule the streaming scene with an iron fist at the moment, but you’ve got to hand it to the competition – they’re doing everything in their power to level the playing field. Hot on the heels of Hulu announcing its brand new documentary film arm with the purchase of Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days a Week comes the news that the streaming service has renewed The Mindy Project for a fifth season and is planning a second election year special from Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.
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There are two pieces of big news here. First: Hulu has acquired The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, a new documentary about the greatest musical group in human history (sorry, everyone else) directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard. Second: this purchase has signaled the launch of Hulu Documentary Films, a new arm for the streaming service that will, as its name implies, will focus on building a library of non-fiction movies.
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Another blow is coming to overpriced cable providers, from one of the most popular streaming services available today. A new report indicates that Hulu is planning to provide a service that will allow users to live stream broadcast and cable channels along with the library of movies and TV shows that they already provide. Find out more about this potential new Hulu TV streaming option after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
Josh Hutcherson is trading the Hunger Games for video games. He’s just been set as the lead of Future Man, a half-hour comedy pilot for Hulu from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The story centers on an unassuming nobody whose one skill is playing a certain video game. To his shock, he discovers that this apparently useless talent makes him uniquely qualified to save humanity.
Although maybe he shouldn’t be that surprised, really, seeing as this is also more or less the premise of The Last Starfighter. And Ernest Cline’s Armada. And Adam Sandler’s Pixels. Really, it just seems like common knowledge at this point that video games are secretly manuals for saving the world. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 15th, 2016 by Fred Topel
Just in time for President’s Day, Hulu brings us a time travel series about trying to prevent the Kennedy assassination. Based on the Stephen King book, 11.22.63 stars James Franco as Jake, a modern man who discovers a portal to 1960 in the back of his local diner. With a three-year head start in the past, Jake goes back and tries to stop Lee Harvey Oswald from killing John F. Kennedy.
In January we got to sit down with 11.22.63 showrunner Bridget Carpenter to talk in-depth about the J.J. Abrams-produced time travel drama. New episodes of the eight-part series go live Mondays on Hulu. Carpenter is also adapting Freaky Friday as a stage musical for Disney. Read More »
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With all the streaming and subscriptions services out there for various movies and TV programming, it seemed that users were starting to gain an edge over the cable companies that have overcharged them for years. However, one of the more prominent streaming options may end up pulling the rug out from viewers, and it’s all thanks to one of the most sinister cable companies around.
News surfaced today that Time Warner is currently considering purchasing 25% of Hulu. That doesn’t sound bad right? Maybe that means their network HBO would start putting content on Hulu, and Warner Bros. Pictures and Television would start adding their movies and TV shows to the streaming service? Nope. Instead, Time Warner wants to buy part of Hulu so they can stop the service from steaming network and premium shows the day after they air on television. Shit just got real. Read More »
Cults seem to be all the rage on television right now. Whether they’re a catalyst for a show like The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt or a driving force of the story as in The Leftovers, strange organizations of people just looking for something to believe in have gotten plenty of attention. And now one more is on the way from Hulu.
The Path is a new original series on the streaming service that follows a family at the center of a controversial faith-based movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power. In the first The Path trailer, Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul seems to begin to question the beliefs in his cult, and that could be a problem for his family, especially his wife (Michelle Monaghan), who is a devoted follower of their trusted leader (Hugh Dancy of NBC’s Hannibal) and his teachings. Read More »
There seems to be nothing that James Franco can’t do, and now we can add time traveler to his long list of achievements. Franco leads the new Hulu series 11.22.63, an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name about a high school history teacher who is sent back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. So far we’ve only gotten brief glimpses of the series produced by J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production banner, but now a full trailer shows us more of what we can expect. Read More »
Back in July, we learned that streaming service Hulu was exploring the possibility of offering a commercial-free subscription plan to users sometime this fall. Well, now that the season of changing leaves is upon us, Hulu has officially made the change too.
Today, Hulu made a commercial-free subscription available in an effort to compete with the already ad-free likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO Now. So how much will this Hulu commercial-free option cost you? Read More »