Hulu’s upcoming live TV service has something in common with YouTube’s: Neither of them will feature MTV, Comedy Central, or any other Viacom networks, at least to start. Hulu’s decision to move forward without a Viacom carriage deal was first reported by Bloomberg. The news comes shortly after the licensing deal between Viacom and Hulu expired, knocking most Viacom content off of Hulu’s existing SVOD service. Hulu’s live TV service is expected to debut in April, priced at less than $40 per month.
Viacom or no, it looks like A+E networks is on-board: Hulu has inked a carriage deal with the company, and it will feature on its upcoming TV service. Other companies already signed up for the service include 21st Century Fox, CBS Corp., Disney, and Turner. Not coincidentally, Fox and Disney/ABC are equity partners in Hulu. Though notably, CBS isn’t, and NBCUniversal – which is – still hasn’t inked a carriage deal with Hulu. Reportedly, those negotiations are ongoing.