Hulu is making moves to crank up its exclusive content offerings as competition from rivals like Netflix, Amazon, and Yahoo continues to accelerate.
Today, Hulu announced that it has become the exclusive streaming home to Manhattan, a drama that airs on WGN America. Starting today, new episodes of season one will be available on Hulu Plus the day after they air on WGN. WGN will air them on Sunday nights (as usual), and Hulu will get them on Mondays.
All thirteen episodes of the first season will be available on Hulu Plus, and the five most recently broadcast episodes will appear on regular Hulu for free after a three-day delay.
Hulu’s Head of Content Craig Erwich writes on the Hulu blog:
“Manhattan” may have just premiered last night, but it is already gathering acclaim with both critics and fans alike. That’s why it was no question for us to commit to the series before a single episode even aired to the public – making it the first time Hulu has stricken such a deal. Our partners at Lionsgate (“Deadbeat”), Skydance Television and Tribune Studios, and WGN America brought “Manhattan” to life and we are thrilled to be able to work with them to make Hulu the exclusive streaming home for the series.
The compelling drama created and written by Sam Shaw (“Masters of Sex”), and directed by Emmy Award-winning director Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing”), follows the real-life mission and the greatest race against time to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. I was hooked after just the first episode and am thrilled to be able to make the series available to the Hulu audience.
A couple weeks ago, Hulu announced that it is also now the exclusive online streaming home of South Park.
Here are some more titles recently added to Hulu and Hulu Plus.
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