'Jerry, Hello' — Hulu lands all 180 episodes of 'Seinfeld'


Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer will soon join the lineup on Hulu Plus.

The video streaming service has cut a deal with Sony Pictures TV to stream all 180 episodes of “Seinfeld,” Hulu announced Wednesday at its Upfront Presentation.

“Since Hulu began, we’ve gotten more emails, letters and text messages about one thing: a show about nothing,” Craig Erwich, head of content for the video streaming service, said at the event in New York City.

All nine seasons of “Seinfeld” will start streaming on Hulu in June. Series co-creator Jerry Seinfeld joined Erwich on stage to announce that Hulu had acquired the exclusive subscription video on-demand rights to every episode of “Seinfeld.”

A Hulu representative said the company is not disclosing financial information about the deal, but other sources have chimed in with reported figures. On Tuesday, Variety pegged the value of the agreement at almost $1 million per episode, meaning Hulu would shell out close to $180 million for the entire series. However, “a person with knowledge of the agreement” told the Wall Street Journal that the per-episode cost would be around $700,000, which would still be one of the largest deals in Hulu’s history.

Whatever the price tag, getting the rights to “Seinfeld” is huge win for Hulu. Though it’s been off the air since 1998, the series remains one of the most memorable sitcoms in history, ranked by TV Guide in 2002 as the greatest television show of all time. Such quotes from the show as “No soup for you” and “Happy Festivus” have been an enduring part of pop culture. Neither Netflix nor Amazon offers “Seinfeld” for streaming, so the deal could convince fans to sign up for Hulu Plus’s $7.99-per-month service.