When the first season of AMC’s upcoming Walking Dead companion series Fear the Walking Dead wraps up, the only place you’ll be able to stream it online is Hulu.
Hulu has announced a major partnership with AMC Networks that will give it exclusive SVOD rights to “new and upcoming primetime scripted comedy and drama series” from networks like AMC, IFC, BBC, Sundance, and WE tv.
“Hulu announced a groundbreaking, multi-year deal with AMC Networks Inc. for the exclusive SVOD rights to new and upcoming primetime scripted comedy and drama series from AMC, IFC, BBC America, Sundance TV and WE tv. The new agreement will make Hulu the exclusive streaming home to the highly anticipated companion series to The Walking Dead, titled: Fear the Walking Dead. Through the deal, Hulu will – over time – become the SVOD home to a diverse and comprehensive collection of AMC Networks Inc.-produced content,” said the company. “Hulu will also become the streaming home for a significant number of films from the IFC Films collection.”
Fear the Walking Dead falls into that category.
Of course, “new and upcoming” means that Hulu will not be the exclusive home for currently-airing and past AMC hits like The Walking Dead, Mad Men, or Breaking Bad. Fear the Walking Dead has a lot of buzz surrounding it, due to the immense popularity of The Walking Dead, so it’s a nice get for Hulu.
But the true value of this deal depends a lot on the quality of AMC’s new shows. The better and more popular they are, the cooler this is for Hulu.
Hulu scored another big content grab – and it cost them a pretty penny. Hulu will now be the exclusive home for the entire Seinfeld collection – a deal that cost them upwards of $180 million.
Fear the Walking Dead is due out this summer.
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