Disney+ has announced that the SVOD rights to all 30 seasons of The Simpsons will be their exclusive property upon launching in November.
This means that The Simpsons won’t be available to stream through Hulu and (possibly) FOX NOW, with show-centric SVOD service Simpsons World likely shutting down, as well. Not explicitly mentioned is what happens to the rights of seasons 31 and 32, which FOX renewed the series through earlier this year, though it seems likely that they’d also land on Disney+.
This is the latest bit of news centered on how you can watch FOX’s animated lineup. Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy recently had their off-network rights snatched up by FX Networks, which will have the most recent seasons beginning this fall before adding the library for each in the coming years. Both Bob’s and Family Guy have their SVOD rights controlled by Hulu, but it remains unclear if one, both, or neither will be joining Disney+ in the near future. Given that Disney+ seems to be geared toward G- and PG-rated content, the latter seems less likely to join the fray than the former.
You can check out the announcement from Disney below.
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