By Evan DeSimone
A+E Networks is bringing a selection of its programming to the Land of the Rising sun with the help of Hulu Japan, the two companies announced today.
A+E will kick off the partnership with content from its History Channel brand. History Channel Japan will be hosted on Hulu in a dedicated section of the site featuring popular programs from A+E’s lineup, including “Pawn Stars” and “County Cars.” In the coming months, Hulu will roll out a curated selection of programming from A+E Networks’ global brands, which include Lifetime, Crime and Investigation Network, and FYI.
Hulu launched its streaming service in Japan in 2011, well ahead of its global competitors such as Netflix, which reached the Japanese market this summer. However, Hulu Japan is a different entity than the streaming service available in the United States, which is owned by Disney, Fox and NBCUniversal. Hulu Japan was purchased outright by local broadcaster Nippon TV in 2014, signaling the Hulu mothership’s exit from the region.