In the streaming video wars, Miramax has today settled comfortably into the role of Switzerland. That sweet deal it lined up with Netflix a few weeks ago? Today they announced basically the same for Hulu. Good Will Hunting all around!
The important part of this particular deal for you is that the movies—including The English Patient, Swingers, and Pulp Fiction will be available both on Hulu and Hulu Plus, although the former will have a limited 15-title-per-month selection and will be ad-supported.
And the most important part for Hulu? They've finally got some movies worth watching.
Miramax and Hulu Announce Multi-Year Agreement
Deal Includes Hundreds of Popular, Critically-Acclaimed Films Like Pulp Fiction,
Good Will Hunting, Scream, Swingers and The English Patient,
Available For Streaming on Both Hulu Plus and Hulu
LOS ANGELES & SANTA MONICA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Hulu and Miramax today announced a multi-year agreement to bring hundreds of popular, critically-acclaimed films like Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, Scream, Swingers and The English Patient from the Miramax film library to Hulu Plus subscribers. In addition, Hulu will offer select films via the ad-supported Hulu service.
"Making our films available via premium digital distribution channels is extremely important to Miramax"
Launching today, Hulu Plus subscribers will be able to watch hundreds of Miramax movies in HD (when available), on multiple platforms, including TV, tablet, computer and mobile phones, and free of advertising interruption. Additionally, Hulu will soon rotate a selection of approximately 15 Miramax films each month through Hulu.com with periodic ad breaks, the first time Miramax titles have become available through an ad-supported streaming service.
"Making our films available via premium digital distribution channels is extremely important to Miramax," said Mike Lang, CEO of Miramax. "Hulu has established its presence in the market as a leader in innovation and in delivering value for consumers and content owners. As one of the early promoters of Hulu and its CEO Jason Kilar, I couldn't be more excited than to be in business with them today, and we're thrilled about the prospect of enhancing both our brands by making our films accessible to Hulu's fast-growing audience."
"The Miramax library includes some of the most popular and acclaimed films ever produced," said Jason Kilar, CEO of Hulu. "It is an honor for the Hulu team to present our users a film roster that includes the likes of Pulp Fiction, My Left Foot, The English Patient and many more."
Miramax has an incredibly deep library of fantastic titles for every type of movie fan. With this agreement, cinemaphiles interested in Academy Award™ winning dramas can now watch Good Will Hunting, The Piano and My Left Foot. Fans of iconic cult classics will see Chasing Amy, Clerks, Swingers, Sling Blade, From Dusk Till Dawn, The Crying Game, Strictly Ballroom, Muriel's Wedding and Reservoir Dogs. Foreign film fans can watch Amelie, Life is Beautiful and Cinema Paradiso. Horror buffs can enjoy many of the Halloween, Scary Movie, Scream and Hellraiser titles. And the Spy Kids films will make for a great family movie night.