Australian TV soap Neighbours heads to Hulu
Rebecca Hawkes | 09 July 2014
Australia's long-running television soap Neighbours is heading back to the US after online streaming network Hulu sealed a deal with FremantleMedia International.
Beginning on 14 July, US audiences will be able to follow the drama from Ramsey Street four weeks after the shows air in Australia. Some initial episodes will also feature the guest appearance of singer and reality show judge Paula Abdul.
"Neighbours provides a delicious daily dose of Australian sunshine to soap opera fans, and thanks to Hulu, we're coming to the US at a perfect entry point for first-time viewers," said Jeff Siegel, VP of digital distribution and home entertainment, FremantleMedia.
The show, which has been broadcast since 1985, has been shown around the world in countries including the UK, Kenya, Belgium, Ireland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. It is broadcast in Australia on Channel Eleven every weeknight.
Neighbours was last shown in the US in April 2004 during a six-week run on cable channel Oxygen, after earlier runs on Los Angeles' KCOP-TV and WWOR-TV in New York.
The Fremantle Media deal will see Hulu now have exclusive broadcast rights to the soap across the US.