Hulu carves deal to get hand-me-down film titles from Disney

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Disney's online films are now split between Netflix and Hulu. Image: Disney

While a clause to a 2012 deal has recently kicked in, giving Netflix exclusive streaming access to recent films that are in the premium cable window, such as Captain America: Civil War, Hulu just announced a deal with its corporate co-parent to get a collection of older, well-worn titles.

The agreement with the Walt Disney Company, which owns 30% of Hulu, gives the SVOD service immediate access to "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993), "Mulan" (1998), "Pocahontas" (1995), "Hercules" (1997), "Sister Act" (1992) and "Air Bud" (1992).

The deal spans over 50 titles, including other such well-worn films "Con Air," "Step Up," "Gone in 60 Seconds," "Pearl Harbor," "Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion" and "The Mighy Ducks."

“The Disney brand is synonymous with beloved movies that the whole family can enjoy,” said Craig Erwich, senior VP and head of content for Hulu, in a statement. “Expanding our offering of top-rated kids and family programming has been a top priority for us, and we know viewers will love watching these films over and over again on our service.”

Hulu signed a deal earlier in 2016 to license Disney Channel Original Movies and other programming from Disney’s TV networks.

But thanks to its 2012 deal with Disney, Netflix has exclusive streaming access to the Mouse House’s newer feature films. That pact includes movies from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, and Disneynature. 

Netflix has the ability to distribute these films on platforms including online, mobile, connected TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles and various other streaming boxes.