via: NY Business Journal
Fans of British shows “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock” can now catch the popular BBC shows on Hulu Plus.
BBC Worldwide North America, based in New York, has signed a nonexclusive, multi-year agreement to offer BBC content on the U.S. Hulu Plus subscription service.
The pact helps Hulu Plus keep up with Netflix and Amazon.com, which also have streaming agreements for BBC shows. Variety said the deal is “part of a larger attempt for (Hulu) to boost its base of paying subscribers, which is now north of 4 million.”
Shows will include “Doctor Who,” The Sarah Jane Adventures,” “Torchwood” and “Blue Planet.” This fall, the series “Top Gear,” “Sherlock,” “MI-5” and “Luther” will launch on Hulu Plus, as well as comedies such as “Fawlty Towers,” Twenty Twelve,” and “Blackadder,” as well as sci-fi favorites “Bedlam,” “Red Dwarf” and “Primeval,” and natural history shows, including selections from David Attenborough‘s “Life in the…” series. In addition, other titles like “Upstairs, Downstairs,” “Wallander,” and “Bleak House” will also be available.
Additional series will roll out throughout the year, giving Hulu Plus subscribers access to more than 2,000 episodes of BBC Worldwide titles, the companies said. A selection of BBC Worldwide library programs will rotate through the free Hulu.com service.
Andy Forssell, acting CEO and senior vice president of content for Hulu, said the deal “solidifies (Hulu) as a top streaming platform for the best British programming available in the U.S.”
“Hulu has been a fantastic partner and innovator bringing many BBC flagship programs exclusively to the U.S. online audience,” said Matt Forde, BBC’s executive vice president of sales and co-productions.
Hulu, which is owned by 21st Century Fox, Walt Disney Co. and NBCUniversal, first began airing shows from BBC Worldwide North America in 2010.