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Hulu Secures `Roots’ Streaming Rights

Hulu has acquired the streaming rights to History’s mini-series Roots as part of a new licensing agreement with A+E Networks.

Hulu will stream the four-part series, which aired last month on consecutive days beginning on Memorial Day, beginning this fall, according to Hulu. The series, a revision of the classic 1970s ABC miniseries about the American slavery experience as told through the multi-generational journey of one family, was viewed by 14.4 million total linear viewers across all premiere week telecasts, said A+E Networks.

The deal also includes SVOD rights to History’s Barbarians Rising and Lifetime’s War and Peace, said Hulu.

“We’re so proud to welcome such a culturally important and highly-rated series as Roots to Hulu,” said Craig Erwich, SVP, Head of Content, Hulu. “With acclaimed titles like War and Peace and Barbarians Rising, our expanded deal with A+E Networks furthers our strategy of offering the very best in premium, exclusive television to Hulu subscribers.”