Hulu is now the exclusive streaming subscription service for some of Disney’s most beloved films, including Mulan and Pocahontas.
As of this week, Hulu will start adding films from Disney’s vault and will continue to do so in the coming months. The company will carry 56 titles in total, but not all will be exclusive, according to Variety. Animated classics like The Nightmare Before Christmas will be exclusive to Hulu, while others like Step Up will not.
Despite the new deal, Hulu isn’t the only streaming service that has an exclusive deal with Disney. Netflix became the only pay-for-TV service in the United States that will carry theatrical releases from Disney released in 2016 and beyond. The deal gives Netflix the exclusive rights for a set number of years. The deal also means networks like HBO and Starz or streaming services like Amazon and Hulu are prohibited from carrying the films.
The deal applies to all of Disney’s subsidiaries, as well. So while Hulu will have access to films in Disney’s vault, it will never be able to carry new releases from Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel and, of course, Disney.
Disney, which currently owns 30 percent of Hulu, will be bringing more exclusives to the service in the new year when the streaming service launches its live-TV service. CEO Bob Iger has spoken at length about wanting to invest further in streaming for the company. In August, Iger told investors that the company was looking to invest in the technology infrastructure to handle streaming themselves. Disney does not currently have its own streaming service akin to Netflix or Hulu.