Live TV is officially coming to Hulu. CEO Mike Hopkins confirmed the news on Wednesday at the company’s annual Upfront presentation, promising more details later this year ahead of an official launch in 2017.
“This means our viewers will be able to enjoy live sports, news and events all in real-time without a traditional cable or satellite subscription,” Hopkins said. “We’re going to fuse the best of linear television and on-demand in a deeply personalized experience optimized for the contemporary, always-connected television fan.”
The announcement follows recent reports that Hulu co-owners Fox and Disney plan to bring their most popular TV channels to the new streaming service. That could include ABC, ESPN, the Disney Channel, FX and Fox News. NBCUniversal, which is a silent stakeholder, is also apparently in talks to support the service.
As for the price, one unnamed executive recently told The Wall Street Journal that it could cost around $40 per month. That should make it a decent option for anyone looking to cut the cable cord without missing out on live sports and other major broadcast events.