Miramax movies come to Hulu
Subscribers to Hulu's premium service Hulu Plus, which costs $7.99 per month, will get access to hundreds of Miramax titles that will be added over the next few months, with 27 available to stream starting Wednesday including "Pulp Fiction." The offering is very similar to one made in a deal announced last month that put Miramax movies on Netflix's Internet streaming service.
Hulu will also make about 15 Miramax films available each month for free on the advertising-supported section of its website beginning later this month, the first online platform to do so. That marks the first time that Miramax movies have been available to watch free online -- legally that is.
Hulu has been looking to boost the number of movies on Hulu Plus in a bid to better compete with Netflix, Amazon.com and other digital distributors. Currently, Hulu Plus only has several hundred independently produced films, including classics from the Criterion Collection. It does not offer any recently made movies from big Hollywood studios as Netflix does, though its collection of television shows is bigger.
Miramax, meanwhile, is pursuing a range of non-exclusive digital distribution deals in order to generate as much revenue as possible from the 700-plus title library that a consortium of investors led by Colony Capital and construction magnate Ron Tutor acquired from Walt Disney Co. in December for $663 million.
-- Ben Fritz
Photo: John Travolta and Uma Thurman in "Pulp Fiction." Credit: Linda R. Chen / Miramax Films