Netflix Passes On Epix Content Deal, Hulu Steps In

Online TV streaming service Hulu, which is a joint venture of Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal, 21st Century Fox's broadcasting company and The Walt Disney Co.'s ABC, took a big step in the content wars over the weekend, by nabbing a content deal with Epix--owned by MGM Holdings Inc.'s MGM Studios, Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. and Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures. This comes after Netflix Inc. decided not to renew its deal with Epix as the streaming giant continues its push for exclusive and original content. Netflix's latest original show, "Narcos," premiered on the site Aug. 28, garnering a 9.3-out-of-10 rating on IMDb. By locking down content from the pay-TV channel Epix, Hulu gains access to blockbuster films such as "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

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