There are only a handful of names ruling the video-on-demand streaming cartel. Those names include Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, and HBO, to say the least. These top 5 streaming services have taken the top shelf for decades and have brought about numerous changes in our video industry and the entertainment industry.
Most of us are already very familiar with Netflix because of its worldwide reach and popularity. Amazon Prime Video is a division of Amazon.com, the biggest shopping site in the US worth billions of dollars.
Disney+ is something that we have been watching all our lives as kids, adolescents, teenagers, and now it has transitioned into a streaming service with inclusion for adults as well. HBO has a similar story, started from a channel that began its own streaming service, and created the most hyped TV show, Game of Thrones.
But sadly, there are few known facts for Hulu, despite its stance in the streaming world. Where did it come from? Where can we watch it? Etc. Hence, we took it upon ourselves to enlighten our viewers regarding Hulu with a little bit of numbers and history.
Hulu Facts and Figures
Hulu is owned by Disney
Did you know that Disney bought Hulu? Yes, Disney became a significant shareholder for Hulu after it purchased 21st Century Fox in March 2019. This gave The Walt Disney Company complete control of the streaming service.
Disney went on to introduce its own streaming service Disney+ in November 2019 and collectively introduced a Disney Bundle. A package that introduced both the services along with ESPN+ at a discounted price, making the most of their companies.
Available in the US and Japan only
Hulu is exclusively available in the US and Japan only, as much as we may think that it is available worldwide. This is a surprising factor as all the other services have reach in numerous countries, Hulu being the only one with limited access, still managed to make it to the top 5.
But Hulu has subscribers from all over the world. There are numerous methods and tutorials which guide you on How to watch Hulu in Canada, Australia, the UK, or anywhere else in the world using alternative payment methods.
Hulu has 36+ Million Subscribers
Thanks to the Disney Bundle, Hulu managed to increase its subscriber count by 11+ million in the past 2 years.
Hulu+ Live TV 4+ Million Subscribers
The recent wave in cord-cutting spiked the number of subscribers for Hulu+ Live TV, an alternative cable service. It includes numerous cable TV channels along with on-demand video streaming.
Young Adults are the Average Viewers
Hulu’s target audience range from viewers from 25-31 year old. This means that millennials are Hulu’s average viewers.
The Handmaid’s Tale had 33 Emmy Nominations
The Handmaid’s Tale, a Hulu original TV series, was nominated for 33 Emmy Awards in 2017.
Hulu Original, The Handmaid’s Tale won the “Outstanding Drama Series” award
Apart from the nominees, Hulu is the first of its kind to win an award for the Outstanding Drama Series award for The Handmaid’s Tale.
Hulu made $2.4 Billion in ad revenue in 2020
Hulu runs an ad-supported streaming service. In 2020, the service made nearly $2.4 Billion through these ads. It majorly has to do with the increased screentime during the pandemic, as this figure is a 22.7% increase from the previous total of $1.82 billion in 2019.
3000+ TV series on Hulu
Hulu houses all the original American TV shows and series, and the figure has risen to about 3000+ with 90,000+ episodes in total.
Hulu’s traffic was boosted after Alec Baldwin promoted it in Super Bowl 2019
In the 2019 Super Bowl, Hulu ran an ad with Alec Baldwin, who promoted the service as becoming the next big thing. That ad proved to be super successful and increased Hulu’s traffic by 42%.
Hulu Ads Twice as Effective as Regular Ads
Hulu runs multiple ads while you stream your shows online. It recently came up with a new ad strategy that runs the same ad twice, which has resulted in it being more effective.