Hulu (stylized as hulu) is an American subscription video on demand service fully controlled and majority-owned by The Walt Disney Company, with NBCUniversal (owned by Comcast) as an equity stakeholder.
All episodes of The Great North are on this platform.
The service was initially established as a joint venture between News Corporation and NBC Universal, Providence Equity Partners, and later The Walt Disney Company, serving as an aggregation of recent episodes of television series from their respective television networks. In 2010, Hulu launched a subscription service, initially branded as Hulu Plus, which featured full seasons of programs from the companies and other partners, and undelayed access to new episodes. In 2017, the company launched Hulu with Live TV—an over-the-top IPTV service featuring linear television channels. Time Warner (now WarnerMedia) later held a stake in the service. As of the third quarter of 2020, Hulu had 36.6 million subscribers.
In March 2019, Disney acquired 21st Century Fox, giving it a 60% majority stake in Hulu. AT&T (which acquired Time Warner in 2018) sold back its roughly 10% stake the following month. Comcast, the only other shareholder, announced on May 14, 2019, that it had agreed to cede its control to Disney, and reached an agreement for Disney to purchase its 33% stake in the company as early as 2024.
The name Hulu comes from two Mandarin Chinese words, húlu (葫芦/|葫蘆), "calabash; bottle gourd", and hùlù (互录/互錄), "interactive recording".
Jason Kilar, who served as CEO of Hulu, said the name comes from a Chinese proverb:
"Hulu is Mandarin for gourd. And so when we were launching Hulu, we thought, 'what a great name that is.' And it had this great sort of symbolism of the holder of precious things, which is the holder of premium content. So that’s why we named it Hulu."