Why Disney’s Deal for Full Hulu Ownership Is a ‘Smart’ Move — for Both Disney and Comcast

An international push — and a place to put its more adult-oriented content — are behind the Mouse House’s deal, experts say

Now that Disney has inked a major deal with Comcast to take full operational control of the Hulu streaming service, analysts see upsides for both companies.

“Comcast can smoothly transition to its own streaming service, while retaining the upside in Hulu for the next five years,” Brian Frons, longtime president of ABC Daytime and current UCLA professor, told TheWrap, calling the deal a “smart” move for both sides. “Disney takes control of Hulu now, which allows them to have a unified execution of their digital vision without having to write another acquisition check this year.”

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Trey Williams

Film Reporter covering the biz • trey.williams@thewrap.com • Twitter: @trey3williams

Sean Burch

Tech reporter • sean.burch@thewrap.com • @SeanB44