"Seinfeld" fans, rejoice!
No longer will you have to play the game of rerun roulette: Hulu will be the streaming home to the beloved sitcom starring Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
According to Variety, Hulu paid just under $180 million for the streaming rights–that's about $1 million an episode of the series created by Larry David and Seinfeld. The show, which ran from 1989-1998, has been in syndication on various networks for years. This is the first time the entire "Seinfeld" series will be available online for all your binge watching news.
Hulu announced the major acquisition at its 2015 Upfront presentation where it was also revealed the streaming service will also have future original shows from AMC, IFC and Sundance TV, including "Fear the Walking Dead," a spinoff of "The Walking Dead."
"In our seven years at Hulu we've gotten more emails, letters and text messages about one thing: A show about nothing," Hulu's Craig Erwich told the audience at the Upfront presentation.
All nine seasons will be available in June. Seinfeld himself came out to address the audience. "Thank you, thank you very much. Wow. that's pretty amazing," he said after a highlight reel played. "That was a long time ago and we had a lot of fun making those shows and for a number of years that we made those shows people were not catching on to and didn't think much of it...I remember standing there about four years into it and we were just barely scraping by. I mean very low ratings and just not connecting with an audience. They kept moving the show around. We were on after 'Unsolved Mysteries'...it was soon after that that Ted Danson quit and they moved us to Thursday and people liked the show."
Seinfeld said it's mind-blowing to be on stage presenting the show with Hulu. "I mean, you could've put the DVD in but I guess nobody wanted to do that. They want to do this," he said. "I just can't believe that the show is still here it's humbling and exciting...just because we loved it, we loved doing it so much."
And the version Hulu will have is the NBC version, the full-length cut Seinfeld and David originally made in the 1990s.
Hulu is an online video service owned by Disney, Twenty-First Century Fox and Comcast (which owns NBC Universal). It shows some TV episodes and movies for free on its site. Subscribers pay $8 a month for more content.