Hulu Revenue and Usage Statistics (2022)

David Curry

Updated: June 27, 2022

Video streaming service Hulu started its life with major backing from new and old media, receiving investment and content from NBC Universal, MSN, MySpace and Yahoo in 2007 before launching early in 2008.

Hulu entanglement with the media conglomerates of America placed it in stark contrast to Netflix, which while subservient to the licensing demands of the industry, is considered an independent operator. For most of its existence, the majority of Hulu was owned by one or several media companies, ending with Disney acquiring a majority share in 2019. 

This perception of Hulu as a place film and TV studios dump content is a misconception, created during the era when several media companies had stakes in the company but did not want to launch any new titles on it. Before that period it was competitive with Netflix, attempting to break new ground with innovative online partnerships. 

Sadly for Hulu, it was always in the shadow of Netflix, as its rival added millions of customers every year in North America, Europe and South America. Netflix and Amazon Prime Video both launched original TV series in 2015, another move that pushed the video streaming services away from old media’s control. 

It would take Hulu two years to copy Netflix and Prime Video’s model, launching The Handmaid’s Tale in 2017. It became an instant hit for the streaming service, and provided Hulu with a way to rebrand as a content producer in its own right, instead of an aggregator of old television shows and movies. 

As Hulu started to gain traction through its original series, Disney began to acquire more of it from other media conglomerates. First came the acquisition of 30 percent of Hulu from 21st Century Fox, then a month later AT&T sold 10 percent of the company to Disney. A month after that, Comcast announced it would sell its 33 percent share to Disney by 2024, ceding full control. 

Disney, in comparison to Comcast and 21st Century Fox, has implemented one of the smartest digital strategies in the past decade. In its first year, Disney+ has almost reached 100 million subscribers worldwide, and ESPN+ has over 10 million subscribers. 

That said, it is not clear what Disney’s future plans are for Hulu, and if it will ultimately come under the Disney+ umbrella. The company currently offers a $12.99 bundle, which includes Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+, which points to Disney being comfortable with multiple platforms, for now. 

Hulu also offers a live TV service similar to YouTube TV and other internet-based live TV services. It charges much more for this, and it comes with 75 channels, ESPN+ and Disney+.

We have collected data and statistics on Hulu. Read on below to find out more.

Hulu key statistics

  • Hulu generated approximately $9.6 billion revenue in 2021, most came from its streaming platform
  • Over 39 million people subscribe to Hulu, 4.1 million of those subscribe to Hulu’s Live TV services
  • Disney valued the app at $15.8 billion in 2019, when it agreed to acquire the rest of it from Comcast

Hulu overview

Title 1Title 2
Launch date29 October 2007
HQLos Angeles, California
PeopleJason Kilar (co-founder), Joe Earley (President), Bob Chapek (CEO, Disney)
Business typeSubsidiary
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company
IndustryVideo streaming

 

Hulu revenue

Hulu made $9.6 billion revenue in 2021, a 33% increase on the previous year.

Hulu quarterly revenue 2019 to 2022 ($mm)

Hulu annual revenue 2010 to 2022 ($bn)

YearRevenue ($bn)
20100.2
20110.4
20120.6
20131.1
20141.6
20152
20162.4
20173.1
20183.5
20194.5
20207.2
20219.6

Sources: Company data, CNBC, GeekWire

Hulu streaming revenue

Hulu makes the majority of its revenue from its video-on-demand service, which users can access with or without ads for different price points.

Hulu annual streaming revenue 2019 to 2022 ($bn)

YearRevenue ($bn)
20193.7
20204.4
20215.8

Source: Company data

Hulu Live TV revenue

Hulu also offers a live TV service, which has 75 cable channels alongside access to Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu’s video-on-demand service.

Hulu annual Live TV revenue 2019 to 2022 ($bn)

YearRevenue ($bn)
20191.4
20202.8
20213.7

Source: Company data

Hulu users

Hulu has increased its subscriber count each year since launch, and had 43.8 million subscribers at the end of 2021.

Hulu quarterly subscribers 2019 to 2022 (mm)

Hulu annual subscribers 2011 to 2022 (mm)

YearSubscribers (mm)
20111
20122
20134
20146
201510
201612
201717
201822
201925
202032
202141
202245

Sources: Company data, CNBC, The Verge

Hulu streaming subscribers

Hulu’s video-on-demand platform increased its subscribers by 9% year-on-year, a lower percentage growth than the past three years.

Hulu annual streaming subscribers 2018 to 2022 (mm)

YearSubscribers (mm)
201820.1
201923.2
202028.8
202137.8
202241.4

Source: Company data

Hulu Live TV subscribers

Hulu’s Live TV package surpassed four million subscribers in 2021, but growth has slowed in the past two years.

Hulu annual Live TV subscribers 2018 to 2022 (mm)

YearSubscribers (mm)
20181.1
20192
20203.3
20213.8
20224.1

Source: Company data

Hulu vs competitors: users

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Hulu FAQ

What is the average monthly revenue of a Hulu subscriber?

In 2020, the average Hulu subscriber generated $12.24, while a Live TV subscriber generated $67.24

How much of Hulu’s revenue is from subscriptions?

In 2019, subscription revenue accounted for 54 percent of Hulu’s total revenue (Firstpost)

What is the most watched programme on Hulu?

Little Fires Everywhere is the most watched drama on Hulu ever (Jason Lynch)

How many subscribers does Disney’s video streaming platforms have combined?

Combined, Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ have 137 million direct to consumer subscribers (Variety)

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