Skip to main content

Hulu nabs exclusive rights to Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TNT, and TBS

hulu to offer cartoon network tnt one the street aqua teen hunger force 74240 1920 1537
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Today, Hulu gets a little bit funnier. The online video service announced it has acquired the exclusive rights to past seasons of Turner Broadcasting-owned shows on Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and TBS, as well as select content from the more serious fare offered by TNT.

This new multi-year deal gives Hulu Plus subscribers streaming access to cartoon hits like Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Robot Chicken and The Amazing World of Gumball. It also broadens Hulu’s live-action offerings, including TNT’s The Last Ship and Murder in the First, as well as offering access to future series from TBS and TNT.

The deal particularly sweetens Hulu’s Kids selection, especially considering Cartoon Network’s vast catalog. Hulu Kids will host Cartoon Network programming, which will stream without advertising.

“The addition of multiple titles from Cartoon Network represents a significant step forward in continuing to build a strong programming offering for the kids audience on Hulu,” said Hulu senior VP head of content Craig Erwich to AdAge.

As for Time Warner-owned Turner, the deal opens up a new online revenue stream for the content creator, which had previously licensed the channels to Netflix in 2013.

“This is a great opportunity to grow the reach of the networks’ original programming and complements our strategy of utilizing multiple platforms — including SVOD — to drive sampling, introduce new viewers to our content and give current fans the opportunity to explore and enjoy Turner’s new and existing series in a branded environment,” said president of Turner Broadcasting David Levy in a statement.

The deal is certainly a win for Hulu, strengthening its offerings as the service continues to compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime. At just 6 million paid subscribers, Hulu currently lags significantly behind Netflix (over 61 million subscribers) and Amazon Prime (50 million subscribers).

The new titles will be available to stream on Hulu beginning May 1st.

Editors' Recommendations

Chris Leo Palermino
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Chris Leo Palermino is a music, tech, business, and culture journalist based between New York and Boston. He also contributes…
3 sci-fi movies on Peacock you need to watch in April 2024
Cole Sprouse and Kathryn Newton in Lisa Frankenstein.

The selection of sci-fi movies on Peacock is absolutely awful in April. All of the fantastic sci-fi films from March left at the end of last month, and the replacement titles are not exactly riveting science fiction. What that leaves us with is a sci-fi library that consists largely of schlock films like Android Cop, Jurassic City, and Lord of the Elves. And if you doubt that those are real titles, you can see them for yourself on Peacock.

In the absence of any great sci-fi epics, our picks for thes three sci-fi movies on Peacock that you have to watch in April are all comedies. That includes the recently released film Lisa Frankenstein, which veers closer to horror than science fiction. But when a bolt of lightning can bring a dead body back to life, that's close enough to sci-fi for us!
Click (2006)

Read more
The best Black movies on Netflix right now
A woman stands in front of microphones with a man clapping behind her in Shirley.

Finding the best Black movies on Netflix right now is easier thanks to its Black Stories collection. But it's still a fairly extensive library, and it can feel difficult to narrow down your options to find a movie that suits your current mood. Don't worry, though, because we've already done the searching, updating this list monthly with the best of Black filmmaking on Netflix.

This month, a Netflix Original about pioneering politician Shirley Chisholm joins the list, as well as another great Civil Rights drama.

Read more
The best comedies on Netflix right now
Carl Weathers as Chubbs with his arm around Adam Sandler as Happy Gilmore, the two men looking at one another in a scene from Happy Gilmore.

Comedies are never out of favor at Netflix, even though some of our favorite comedy movies like Step Brothers, Dumb and Dumber, Fletch, Twins, and The Burbs are all leaving at the end of April. There aren't any modern comedies to replace them this month, but Netflix has added three films from the 1990s: Happy Gilmore, Beverly Hills Ninja, and Blue Streak. On top of those three, we're also taking a look back at the '80s comedy Repo Man.

It's too soon to say which films Netflix will add in May, but the rest of the best comedies on Netflix right now include a mix of classic and modern films, as well as a handful of Netflix originals that are just as funny as anything you would have seen in a theater.

Read more