Hulu is stepping up is British TV series offerings to include “Doctor Who,” “Blackadder,” “Luther” and more — if you’re a subscriber. Today the streaming service announced a non-exclusive, multi-year agreement to offer a rich BBC Worldwide content library on the U.S. Hulu Plus subscription service. The deal’s an extension of the relationship Hulu and BBC Worldwide North America started in 2010.
Hulu garnered a following for its exclusive online US windows on UK comedy hits like “Misfits,” “Rev,” “Moone Boy” and “Pramface.” Additionally, Hulu and the BBC collaboratively produced the fourth season of Armando Iannucci’s “The Thick of it” and the upcoming Hulu original “The Wrong Mans.” Beginning today, Hulu Plus subscribers will have access to “Doctor Who” as well as its spin-offs, “The Sarah Jane Adventures” and “Torchwood.”
Hulu’s acting CEO Andy Forssell said in the announcement that “Hulu has enjoyed a strong collaboration with BBC Worldwide North America, from international co-productions to breakthrough exclusive shows that have been embraced in the US by extremely passionate audiences. By adding this expansive collection of premium BBC Worldwide programming, Hulu Plus solidifies its role as a top streaming platform for the best British programming available in the U.S.”
That said, Netflix also has a robust Brit TV offering, including many of the series in the deal Hulu’s just made, and for those looking for more, subscription streaming site Acorn TV is also fighting to establish itself as a hub for UK series. This Hulu/BBC launch is just another salvo in the apparently escalating competition to be the primary go-to place for UK shows online.
Titles that Hulu Plus subscribers will soon have access to include “Top Gear,” Sherlock,” “MI-5,” “Luther,” Twenty-Twelve,” “Blackadder,” “Bedlam,” “Red Dwarf,” “Primeval,” Life in the,” “Life of Mammals,” “The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth,” “Blue Planet” and “Crash Course.”