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Hulu (/ˈhl/) is an American subscription streaming service majority owned by The Walt Disney Company, with Comcast holding a minority stake through NBCUniversal. It was launched on October 29, 2007.

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Logo used since 2018
Type of businessSubsidiary
Type of site
OTT video streaming platform
Area servedUnited States
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company
Key peopleJoe Earley (president)
ParentDisney Streaming
UsersIncrease 48.5 million (as of September 30, 2023)[1]
LaunchedOctober 29, 2007; 16 years ago (2007-10-29)
Current statusActive

Hulu was initially established as a joint venture between News Corporation and NBCUniversal, Providence Equity, and later The Walt Disney Company, serving as an aggregation of recent episodes of television series from their respective television broadcasting. In 2010, Hulu launched a subscription service, initially branded as "Hulu Plus", which featured full seasons of programs from the companies and other partners, and un-delayed access to new episodes.[2] In 2017, the company launched Hulu with Live TV—an over-the-top live TV service featuring broadcast programming channels.

In 2011, Hulu launched its services in Japan, marking its first and only international expansion. However, in 2014, Hulu Japan was spun off and acquired by Nippon TV.[3]

On November 1, 2023, Disney announced its intent to acquire Comcast's stake in Hulu. The two companies previously agreed to a minimum floor price of $8.6 billion. The acquisition is expected to be completed as early as 2024.[4]

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