Hulu today dumped a boatload of news at its Hulu 18 presentation in New York City. New original programming is on the way. Some old favorites were renewed. You'll see better ads in Hulu Live. And offline viewing is coming.
Here's what you need to know, in handy bullet-point form.
- Hulu announced it has more than 20 million subscribers. How many more? We don't know. But that's up from 17 million million at the end of 2017, and way up (66 percent) from the 12 million it announced a year ago.
- Engagement is up more than 60 percent. Up from what? And what is engagement? Not important, apparently.
- Some 78 percent of folks are watching Hulu in the living room on a connected TV. That's not overly surprising.
- Original Series on the way: Four Weddings and a Funeral, (Mindy Kaling) and Ramy (Ramy Youssef).
- Also still coming are The Stephen King/J.J. Abrams joint Castle Rock on July 25, George Clooney's Catch-22, The First, and Little Fires Everywhere.
- Horror series The Dark will span 12 episodes, released the first Friday of every month, inspired by a holiday within that month.
- The Body premieres Oct. 5 and "follows a sophisticated, overconfident hitman who always carries out his work in style."
- The second installment of Into the Dark lands Nov. 2.
- The Handmaid's Tale has doubled its Season 1 audience in Season 2, and will be back for a third season.
- Sony Pictures Television gave Hulu an exclusive on-demand deal for ABC's The Good Doctor.
- You'll see a bunch of new DreamWorks stuff hit Hulu first, thanks to a new partnership, including How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, The Boss Baby 2 and Trolls 2.
- Hulu Live will get "dynamically inserted advertising." That's actually a good thing — it means you'll get something that's tailored more for you. Expect it in live sports, news and entertainment programming and will go live by July.
- Offline viewing is coming to subscribers, and advertisers will be able to get out in front of folks that way, too.
That's the big stuff from Hulu. Any bets on how much it's grown by this time next year?
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