Video service Hulu adds new shows to original series slate
By Lisa Richwine
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Video streaming website Hulu is expanding its slate of original programming in 2014 and will introduce four new series including reality TV satire "The Hotwives of Orlando" and supernatural comedy "Deadbeat."
Hulu on Wednesday announced it also will release new episodes this year of six other exclusive series, including comedian Seth Meyers' animated superhero show "The Awesomes," and "Moone Boy," starring "Bridesmaids" actor Chris O'Dowd.
The video streaming site, which offers next-day repeats of shows on broadcast TV networks ABC, Fox and NBC, is expanding its original programming to lure new viewers. The company competes with services like Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc's Prime Instant Video.
Hulu offers free movies and TV shows for viewing on a computer through advertising-supported Hulu.com. It charges $8 a month for additional shows through Hulu Plus, which can be streamed on Internet-connected TVs and mobile devices.
The service is owned by Walt Disney Co, 21st Century Fox and Comcast Corp. Last year the media giants considered selling the website but decided to keep it and invest $750 million.
A "significant portion" of that investment "will go toward bringing exclusive first-run content onto the service," Charlotte Koh, head of development for Hulu Originals, said in an interview.
"We are definitely increasing the number of shows we are producing in-house and acquiring," she said. "The breadth and variety of it is becoming a little wider."
Last year, Hulu released about 20 exclusive shows, including original productions and imports of foreign series. Continued...