Hulu head of content Craig Erwich announced at TCA today that the streaming website was landing the exclusive steaming rights to South Park“. Starting July 12, Hulu will stream all 244 episodes for free until September 24 when they switch to Hulu Plus. “South Park ranks in our top 10 shows each month and hits the sweet spot for our demo,” said Erwich, “We’ll have every season of the series.” The deal is between Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s South Park Studios, a joint venture between Viacom and the South Park creators.
In a surprise appearance at the Hulu, Parker and Stone expounded on the news. Said Stone, “We worked with the Viacom player a few years ago, and there would be glitches and bugs following the upload of South Park. However, Hulu was out of the gate fast and had a better player. We looked at their player with envy, and we always wanted to have the best possible platform for our show.”
Parker quipped about Hulu, “We wanted to rip off their technology.” (more…)