If you're a fan of using Hulu for your TV viewing needs and an Anglophile, Hulu's latest deal will be welcome news. According to The Wall Street Journal Tuesday, the video-streaming website has reached an agreement with BBC Worldwide North America that will bring over 2,000 episodes of British television to your computer.
144 BBC titles will become available for streaming within the first year of the agreement. A sampling of those titles includes includes Torchwood, Luther, and fan favorites Doctor Who and Sherlock. The Verge reports that most of the titles will only be able to stream with a Hulu Plus paid subscription, but added that customers will also be able to view some of the titles for free. A few hundred episodes of BBC content will reportedly become available this week.
The deal appears to be a result of the decision of Hulu's three parent companies (The Walt Disney Company, NBCUniversal, and 21st Century Fox) to forego selling the service and instead invest $750 million in building content.
That decision has also resulted in Hulu's foray into the original series game: The Awesomes, an animated series directed by Seth Meyers, debuted on Aug. 1, while the company recently ordered a comedy called Deadbeat from Lions Gate Entertainment. Deadbeat is said to be one of around 40 original titles set to eventually be developed.
"We're kicking back into action," Hulu acting chief executive Andy Forssell said. "This is us doing a bunch of stuff that we've really wanted to do and had been put on hold for a while."
Hulu has been doing business with the BBC for about three years now, but BBC exec Matt Forde told WSJ that certain British shows have done well on the site and said that the market is evolving as American viewers become "more accepting of British TV."
"Audiences just want really good TV," Forde said.
No fear if Hulu isn't your go-to for your Sherlock fix, however: the video-streaming competition will continue, as Amazon and Netflix have struck similar arrangements with BBC Worldwide.