“Lost,” the TV series that originally aired on Disney-owned ABC before finding a home on Netflix, has left the streaming giant and is settling down at Hulu. As of today, all 121 episodes of the show are available to Hulu subscribers. The series comes to Hulu as part of a deal with the Disney/ABC Television Group, a deal that Netflix had originally inked the back in 2009 which recently expired.
Luckily, Netflix has an arsenal of originals that have become extremely popular, giving the service enough foundation to foucus less on licensed content and still be a power house. In 2017 alone, Netflix released 1000 hours of original content and created a buzz with shows like “Stranger Things,” “The Punisher,” “13 Reasons Why,” and “Bright,” its $90 million movie starring Will Smith. With a $6-8 billion budget, Netflix’s 2018 content strategy is set to follow the same track.
Though, the transferring of shows to Hulu won’t drastically hurt Netflix — the streamer has already cut its content catalogue in half since 2012 — it will increase the strength of Hulu. “Lost” adds to the growing list of fan favorite shows that have migrated from Netflix to Hulu, including “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “30 Rock,” and “Futurama,” to name a few. Additionally, last year after inking a deal with 20th Century Fox, Hulu saw 3000 episodes of content make its way to the platform including “How I Met Your Mother,” “Burn Notice,” “Bones” and “Glee.”