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Hulu Library Continues To Shrink As CBS / Showtime, And IMAX Pacts End; Here’s What’s Leaving

Hulu is poised to lose a lot more content as deals with IMAX and CBS have now lapsed with more removals to come.

If you’ve been paying attention the past few years, you’ve noticed that Netflix and Hulu have lost a lot of the licensed content they once relied upon to keep subscribers engaged. As every major studio launches their own streaming services, they often decide to remove their content from competitors. Every few months it seems like another longterm library deal ends and Hulu loses another handful of series or films. Most recently, the Hulu / Epix white label deal came to an end on March 24th and hundreds of MGM and Paramount films that had been sublicensed from Epix left Hulu.

Now, it’s time for more to go.

We’re here to let you know that deals with IMAX and CBS have just come to an end.

IMAX

In June 2020, Hulu signed a deal with IMAX to broadcast 16 documentaries. In November 2021, Disney+ began their own deal that saw the MCU films upgraded to IMAX versions. We’ve yet to see any of Disney’s other IMAX films get this benefit, but we hope to see that soon. The Hulu contract was for 2 years and it expires tomorrow, June 11th. 12 films were set to leave, but 1, Hail Columbia!, left early. The remaining 11 to go tomorrow are as follows:

11 Imax films leave tomorrow, the remaining 4 leave in 1 month.

IMAX Content Leaving June 11

  • Destiny in Space (1994)
  • The Dream Is Alive (1985)
  • Fires of Kuwait (1992)
  • Galapagos (2006)
  • Into the Deep (1994)
  • Journey to the South Pacific (2013)
  • Pandas (2018)
  • Space Station (2002)
  • Survival Island (1996)
  • T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous (1998)

IMAX Content Leaving July 11

  • China: The Panda Adventures (2001)
  • Horses: The Story of Equus (2002)
  • The Secret of Life on Earth (1993)
  • Superpower Dogs (2019)

CBS / Showtime

Later this fall, Comcast will remove an unknown amount of NBC / Universal titles from Hulu. In some cases, the series will remain, but they will no longer stream next-day episodes. The transition to Peacock will speed up. All that on the table, we now know that another major network is coming to the end of their contracted period. Paramount Global is removing many classic CBS shows to give Paramount+ a larger selection of exclusive titles. Over the past year they’ve removed all the Star Trek shows from Hulu and Netflix with the final one left on Netflix, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, leaving July 1.

THE BRADY BUNCH (C) Paramount
THE BRADY BUNCH is gone from Hulu

Today, numerous CBS / Showtime titles left Hulu and over the next fews weeks, more will follow. Here is the full breakdown on all the CBS shows that left today:

CBS Content Gone June 10

  • Australia’s Next Top Model (2005) – No longer streamable in USA
  • The Brady Bunch (1969) – Now a Paramount+ exclusive
  • Flashpoint (2008) – Now a Paramount+ exclusive
  • The Guardian (2001) – Now a Paramount+ exclusive
  • The Lucy Show (1962) – Still available on Prime Video, Roku, Crackle, Vudu, Pluto TV, and Tubi
  • Melrose Place (1992) – Available on Paramount+ and Pluto TV
  • The Odd Couple (1970) – Now a Paramount+ exclusive
  • Taxi (1978) – Available on Paramount+ and Pluto TV
  • Wings (1990) – Now a Paramount+ exclusive

Showtime Content Gone June 10

  • Brotherhood (2006) – Now a Showtime exclusive
  • Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003) – Now a Showtime exclusive
  • United States of Tara (2009) – Now a Showtime exclusive
UNITED STATES OF TARA (C) Paramount
UNITED STATES OF TARA is gone from Hulu

In addition to those titles, the next few weeks will see another batch of content leave. This includes the Dr. Seuss and Peanuts / Snoopy franchise titles distributed by CBS and the mega-hit series, Criminal Minds.

CBS Content Leaving June 22

  • A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)
  • Dr., Seuss: Dr. Seuss on the Loose (1973)
  • Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat (1971)
  • Dr. Seuss: The Lorax (1972)
  • Sabrina Down Under (1999)
  • Snoopy Come Home (1972)
  • A Very Brady Christmas (1988)

All of those films and specials were Hulu exclusives so we hope they join Paramount+ quickly. Finally, a big CBS title is leaving on July 1st. Criminal Minds, one of the most binged series every year is becoming a Paramount+ exclusive. It also leaves Netflix June 30th.

CBS Content Leaving July 1

  • Criminal Minds (2005)

Showtime Content Leaving July 11

  • The L Word (2004)

It’s not the end yet. There are more than 20 CBS series left between the CBS and Showtime hubs, but we expect more to leave this summer and fall. Here are most of the remaining series that are not distributed by another studio and thus destined to eventually leave.

Please note, as with all deals made anywhere, renewals are possible. We’ll be keeping a close eye and letting you know as future deals come to an end.

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Drew Ryan is a film, TV, and Disney geek. He has degrees in English, Student Personnel Administration, and Library & Information Science from Lawrence University, Concordia University-Wisconsin, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Interested in the minutia and licensing of streaming service content, he is always publishing lists, suggestions, and advocating for Disney’s missing library to be added to Disney+. Drew subscribes to Disney+, Hulu, Netflix, HBO Max, and Paramount+. You can find him waxing nostalgic over classic Disney Channel or geeking out over Marvel, CW shows, & Disney on Twitter.

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