In an effort to widen their cultural appeal, Hulu has signed two new deals that bring a good bit of Spanish language content to the streaming service. The company has inked multiyear deals with both Telemundo and Sony Pictures to bring a variety of content, including several hundred episodes of popular telenovelas and nine Pedro Almodovar films.
If you’re not familiar with the term telenovelas, they’re a huge part of many cultures around the world. They’re television shows that are similar to what Americans know as soap operas, but they usually have a limited run – rarely airing for more than a year. They’re usually must faster paced and more self-contained than what Americans are used to since they have to tell a story in that short time. Hulu is currently only available to customers located in the United States, but the addition of these shows and movies to the Hulu library is big news for people who may miss them.
Their content library now features shows from popular Spanish language series like La Reina del Sur, plus hit films like The Skin I Live In, Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Bad Education, Broken Embrace and All About My Mother. Five popular Spanish shows, including Celia and Bajo El Mismo Cielo, available now, and two more, Tierra de Reyes and La Patrona, will make their debut on April 15.
Through a separate content licensing deal signed with Sony Pictures, Hulu has also acquired the streaming rights to a selection of Spanish telenovelas and teleseries including Lady, La Vendendora de Rosas, Dona Barbara, plus popular comedy series Los Beltran and crime dramas El Mariachi, Metastasis and En la Boca del Lobo. That deal also includes feature films El Mariachi and The Secret in Their Eyes, plus the Pedro Almodovar films.