Since the anticipated streaming service Disney+ is only four days out from debuting, one would assume that Disney head honchos would want to encourage its investors during its fourth quarter earnings call yesterday about their upcoming venture. However, instead of doing just that, Disney CEO Bob Iger utilized a good chunk of the call time talking about the other major streaming service Disney now owns — Hulu.
Despite having more than 28.5 million subscribers, Hulu has a lack of original programming when you compare it to Netflix and larger programming content from upcoming competitors like HBO Max and Peacock. That could potentially make Hulu feel unnecessary for subscribers, but now that Disney owns Fox, FX could do the exact opposite.
Beginning in March 2020, Iger announced that Hulu is set to become the premiere streaming home for FX titles. Often considered in the same vein as HBO and AMC, FX is one of the most prestigious networks on TV currently. Most known for its groundbreaking dramas and absurd, but hilarious comedies, FX has won more Golden Globes than HBO, Amazon Prime and Netflix for shows like American Crime Story and Fargo and a total of 57 Emmys officially.
What was made clear from Disney’s earnings call yesterday afternoon is that despite all the attention Disney+ is getting ahead of its debut on Tuesday, Hulu still matters to Disney and that they want to keep Hulu’s programming worthy of your monthly subscription.
The FX on Hulu programming will begin in March 2020