Hulu licenses BBC shows

More British TV shows are coming to Hulu Plus. The online video site struck a deal with BBC Worldwide North America involving non-exclusive rights to some 144 titles, the Wall Street Journal reported. The deal is one in a series the site has reached following its failed auction earlier this year.

"We're kicking back into action," Hulu's acting CEO Andy Forssell told the Journal. "This is us doing a bunch of stuff that we've really wanted to do and had been put on hold for a while."

The deal will bring shows including "Sherlock," "Doctor Who," and "Luther" to the site. Most of the programming will be available to Hulu Plus subscribers, the Journal said. The shows are already available through online rivals such as Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN).

Hulu's owners 21st Century Fox and Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) decided to invest more cash in the business rather than sell it earlier this year. Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) also owns a stake in Hulu but for now lacks a say because of conditions the government attached to its approval of Comcast's buyout of NBCUniversal.

For more:
- the Wall Street Journal had this report (sub. req.)

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