NBCUniversal is getting into the streaming game with a new service expected to launch in early 2020, TVLine’s sister site Deadline reports, noting that the company will also retain its 30 percent stake in Hulu.
Access to the ad-supported service will reportedly be free for those viewers who already pay for cable, while those without a provider can pay separately for a subscription. An ad-free version of the streaming service will also be available at an additional cost.
“NBCUniversal has some of the world’s most valuable intellectual property and top talent, both in front of and behind the camera,” Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal, said in a statement. “Many of the most-watched shows on today’s popular streaming platforms come from NBCUniversal. Our new service will be different than those presently in the market and it will be built on the company’s strengths, with NBCUniversal’s great content and the technology expertise, broad scale and the wide distribution of Comcast Cable and Sky.”
Update: On Jan. 23, it was confirmed that the NBCU streaming service will offer current and prior seasons plus some original programming, while delivering a “light” advertising load to those with an ad-supported subscription.
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