Suddenlink becomes the latest MSO to integrate Hulu

St. Louis-based mid-sized cable operator Suddenlink Communications has become the latest MSO to integrate Hulu into its program guide. 

Later this year, Suddenlink will begin offering the subscription video-on-demand service through the TiVo set-top boxes it deploys to its more than 1.1 million subscribers. 

The announcement follows similar revenue sharing agreements made by Hulu with Cablevision (NYSE: CVC), Armstrong, Atlantic Broadband, Mediacom Communications, Midcontinent Communications and WideOpenWest.

"We have complementary catalogs with MVPDs," said Hulu distribution chief Tim Connolly at INTX earlier this month. "They're focused on the most recent episodes, and our content is mostly back catalog and archival seasons. And presenting a holistic environment is something an operator like Cablevision wants."

Notably, Suddenlink subscribers will have access to Hulu programming (provided they pay an additional $7.99 a month for the service), but they won't be able to watch the linear Viacom networks, which Suddenlink has refused to license.

Last week, Luxembourg-based Altice SA agreed to pay $9.1 billion for a controlling interest in Suddenlink. 

For more:
- read this Suddenlink press release (PDF)

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