Hulu signs deal with Telemundo, Sony for Spanish-language content

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The new deals come weeks after Hulu signed on six networks from A+E for inclusion in its upcoming live TV service. While it’s unclear if or how the Telemundo and Sony agreements might factor into the live TV service, it’s clear that Viacom won’t be a part of Hulu’s live TV plans.

Hulu has reached two new multiyear agreements with Telemundo and Sony Pictures Television for “hundreds of episodes” of Spanish-language programming.

The deal will make Telemundo’s telenovelas, Almodovar films and programming available for streaming on Hulu for the first time. Full libraries of “La Reina del Sur,” as well as films “The Skin I Live In,” “Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” and “All About My Mother” are also now available.

Hulu will also add Telemundo’s “Celia” and “Bajo El Mismo Cielo” to its streaming service and the complete catalogs of “Tierra de Reyes” and “La Patrona” will make their debut on the service beginning April 15. Hulu was able to reach the new distribution agreement with NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution group.

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Hulu has also acquired from Sony Pictures Television the streaming rights for series including “Lady,” “La Vendendora de Rosas,” “Doña Barbara,” “Los Beltran,” “El Mariachi,” “Metastasis” and “En la Boca del Lobo.” The deal also includes films “El Mariachi,” “The Secret in Their Eyes,” “Bad Education,” “Broken Embraces,” “Talk to Her” and “Law of Desire.”

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Hulu’s new announcement comes in the same month the company signed distribution deals with the Jim Henson Company and Disney XD for kids’ programming.

Perhaps more notably, it comes weeks after Hulu signed on six networks from A+E for inclusion in its upcoming live TV service. While it’s unclear if or how the Telemundo and Sony agreements might factor into the live TV service, it’s clear that Viacom won’t be a part of Hulu’s live TV plans.

“As we begin to finalize our new live TV service, we’re pulling together the most valuable, well-rounded package of channels available for under $40,” said Mike Hopkins, CEO of Hulu, in a statement. “We know the A+E Networks brand of award-winning storytelling is important to our viewers, and we’re very excited to add their networks to the core service we launch this spring.”

However, Viacom and its slate of channels are being left out of the service. According to Bloomberg, Hulu was unable to come to terms with Viacom for carriage of its channels including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV.

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