Good news for fans of the lovable, animated fourth graders with filthy mouths. Starting today, all 17 seasons of South Park will be streaming on Hulu for free. And you better get your fill while you can, because come fall—it's paywall time.
The hefty addition is part of a major deal Hulu just struck with South Park's creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. For the next three years, Hulu gets exclusive streaming rights to show's massive back catalogue, in addition to new episodes "immediately after they air." After the new season's September 24 premiere, though, most of those 244 episodes will head straight behind the Hulu Plus paywall, with a mere 30 freebies left to the huddled masses. Until now, South Park's various episodes have been streaming on a number different sites, including South Park's own. But as The New York Times notes, "as competition has heated up among companies that provide programming over the web, exclusivity matters."
The deal, which was worth a cool $80 million, is a huge win for Hulu, which tends to fall short next to larger streaming competitors. And thus far, its attempts at original content have generally gone under the radar at best. In a world where Amazon and Netflix easily reign supreme, Hulu needs all the help it can get.
So non-Hulu Plus subscribers, go watch now while you still can—did we mention it's free? [ The New York Times]