Hulu announced that it has acquired exclusive streaming rights to hit television series (or mini-series, if you prefer..it was renewed for a second season) Fargo.
The acquisition comes as part of an expansion of Hulu’s relationship with MGM, and it also includes all episodes of History’s Vikings as well as multi-year, non-exclusive licensing rights to over 1,500 episodes of MGM series including Stargate Universe, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1, Flipper, Green Acres, Addams Family, Thirtysomething, Dead Like me, and All Dogs Go to Heaven.
Fargo won three Emmys, and is nominated for five Golden Globes.
“MGM has been our longtime partner and is a consistent distributor of premium content. This expanded agreement allows us to become the streaming home to one of this year’s biggest and most critically acclaimed series, Fargo. After announcing our landmark output deal with FX Productions yesterday, this expanded partnership with MGM brings even more hit titles to Hulu,” said Craig Erwich, Senior Vice President and Head of Content at Hulu.
“We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Hulu and proud to continue to offer exceptional programming from MGM including the Golden Globe nominated and Emmy award winning series Fargo, continued fan-favorite Vikings as well as classic titles from MGM’s vast library,” said John Bryan, MGM President of Domestic Television Distribution.
The deal is certainly a blow to Netflix, which lost out to FX on the show in the first place. In fact, Netflix and Hulu seem to be battling it out for FX content these days. While Netflix carries shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Sons of Anarchy, and American Horror Story, Hulu also announced another deal for more FX content this week.
Hulu’s deal includes The Strain, Tyrant, Married and You’re the Worst, Man Seeking Woman, The Comedians, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Taboo, and Baskets.
All episodes of the first season of Fargo will be available for streaming on Hulu in 2015. All episodes of the first two seasons of Vikings are currently available.
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