Seinfeld fans rejoice, Hulu is going to be hosting a Festivus for the rest of us!
At its upfront presentation on Wednesday, Hulu put numerous rumors to rest when it confirmed that the hit sitcom Seinfeld will be joining the streaming service. Of particular note it was stressed that these will be the originally aired versions from NBC and not the syndication cuts. For those unfamiliar with television parlance, syndication cuts usually have a minute or two trimmed off to make room for commercials, and are even known to be sped up slightly for the same reason. So what you will see on Hulu will be exactly what aired on NBC in the 1990s.
According to Variety, Hulu won the streaming video rights after a bidding war with Amazon and Yahoo — Netflix opted out — and sources say the deal was valued at close to $180 million dollars for the 180 episodes.
“There’s no question that Seinfeld has played a major role in TV history, which is why we cannot wait to make all episodes of the series available to stream for the first time ever on Hulu. Whether you are an existing fan who just wants to relive your favorite moments over and over again, or are a new viewer who wants experience Seinfeld from the very beginning, Hulu will now be your destination to stream what has been dubbed as one of the greatest shows of all time,” said Craig Erwich, SVP, Head of Content, Hulu.
No release date was announced for the Seinfeld episodes, but we have a feeling it won’t be too long from now.