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79 January 25th, 2013 Prospect Park Announces All New Episodes Of AMC & OLTL To Premiere On Hulu, Hulu Plus & ITunes!

One of the big questions has been answered today of just how fans of One Life to Live and All My Children will be able to view the returns of their beloved soaps!  Many were concerned they would have to pay, or, would it be free to view?

Well in press release out this morning, Prospect Park’s The Online Network (TOLN) announced that in a groundbreaking move the company has reached an agreement with Hulu and the iTunes Store to distribute digitally all-new episodes of AMC and OLTL through the Hulu distribution agreement, the hugely popular daily dramas will reach tens of millions of fans via the free Hulu.com service, as well as millions of Hulu Plus subscribers watching on connected TVs, mobile phones, tablets and PCs.   In addition, iTunes customers can enjoy viewing on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV and their Mac or PC. The announcement was made today by Prospect Park Chairman and CEO, Jeff Kwatinetz.

The press release went on to say some very key components, which we break down for you:  “Starting this spring, viewers can stream the beloved serial dramas All My Children and One Life to Live on the free Hulu.com service and the Hulu Plus subscription service. New 30-minute episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live will be introduced each weekday. This innovative content deal will re-introduce these venerable daytime hits in a new format perfect for the viewing habits of the digital generation. Prospect Park and TOLN plan to blend new themes, fresh stars and youthful energy with the familiar actors and writers who made these shows must-watch afternoon viewing for legions of loyal fans.

The agreement with Hulu also allows brands and marketers to connect with a highly desirable and engaged audience. Hulu will manage the advertising sales for both shows, and package integrated sponsorship opportunities. TOLN will also offer ecommerce and other digital marketing programs to brands and entities looking to tap into Hulu’s mass market demographic. Additionally, Hulu will promote both series across its subscription and free-to-view platforms”

Jeff Kwantinetz commented on the platforms: “I believe that both Hulu and iTunes have the vision, the reach and the technology to help us launch TOLN in a significant way. We think these platforms are part of history, helping us to transform distribution. Hulu’s reach, platform and advertising prowess are best in class, and iTunes provides an incredible way to buy TV shows that is second to none. Through both of these partners, we hope daytime drama fans are absolutely delighted to be able to watch their favorite programs in a broadcast-quality HD format wherever and whenever they want.”

News on financing: “Prospect Park has closed its financing with ABRY Partners, one of the most experienced and successful media-focused private equity investment firms in North America. Since 1989, ABRY has completed over $36 billion in leveraged transactions and other private equity investments involving approximately 450 properties.  Brent Stone, a partner at ABRY Partners, stated, “We are excited to be partnering with Jeff Kwatinetz and the rest of the team at Prospect Park, and we strongly believe that they will continue to be a leader in their innovative approach to content creation.”  Kwatinetz continued, “We are privileged to the have the backing and partnership with Brent and his team at ABRY, who are proven, brilliant investors, and will help us reach our ultimate goals.”

Another key part of the press release involved Agnes Nixon’s participation:  “Under the leadership of Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, Prospect Park in 2011 forged a multi-year, multi-platform licensing agreement with Disney/ABC Domestic Television Group to continue production of All My Children and One Life to Live,  Prospect Park has also entered into a consulting agreement with Agnes Nixon, the creator of both series, guaranteeing her active involvement in their continued production.”

So soapers, what do you think of the exciting news that you can view AMC and OLTL for free?  And the another news in the press release that has Prospect Park leading the way in a groundbreaking move to show the soaps online?

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  1. debikra says:

    Break this down…for us computer illiterates. Can we watch it on our computers for free?

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    Michael Fairman replied

    YES! Free!

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    debikra replied

    Thanks !!

    susan M. replied

    Exactly what is the correct way to connect with hulu.( Just go to Hulu .com) . Is
    this correct? Please let me know. I don’t want to miss a thing…THANKS

    heidi replied

    I love HULU!!! This is great news!

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    Patrick replied

    I won’t believe it till i can upload/downlaod on Hulu.com…. this site may come with commercials… however…. with a 1/2 hour show… i can deal with that…

    it’s with huluPlus.com… that you’d pay a fee, commericial free?, and access on other “gadgets”… including I-tunes…

    so.. my understanding thus far… hulu.com is FREE….

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    Don replied

    I don’t know about THESE shows, but HULU Plus does indeed have commercials. The do this to defray their costs. The don’t have as many commercials as they do on TV though. The only shows on HULU Plus that don’t have commercials are the very old shows. I would just about bet my last dollar that there will be commercials on these two shows.

    Jules replied

    Not for Canadians it won’t be free! We don’t get hulu! GRRRR!!! And something tells me the iTunes versions won’t be free either…..

    CTwildheart replied

    Jules, I couldn’t find anything completely free, but there is this option: http://www.howtogetitincanada.com/how-to-watch-hulu-in-canada/

  2. tkfanalways says:

    Is it OK to scream with delight!?
    EEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Expat says:

    Please, can you tell me if these will be available on iTunes for the UK? We can’t get Hulu and I have been dependent on YouTube for years now!

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    Don replied

    There are software programs that can mask you IP address. I would suggest you look into one of them.

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    Expat replied

    Thanks, I will try to find someone who understands these things and try to find the programmes. It’s very kind of you to reply.

  4. Expat says:

    amend that…we can get Hulu in the UK but only those programmes that have been licensed for the UK.

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  5. Lew S. says:

    Great to see the RIP removed from AMC & OLTL.

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    Tali (not Smith) replied

    Yes indeed! Long Live AMC and OLTL.

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    Stephanie replied

    That is the first thing I noticed when I looked on this site today — no more RIP for AMC! Whoot-Whoot!! I am still holding my breath at times, but I am just so darn excited, I thought this would never come true, and I started thinking about it recently and then bam — news at the end of 2012 that it would indeed return, just cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. thomas says:

    is awesome news

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  7. Tali (not Smith) says:

    This is so smart! Great distribution, so many choices. Hulu plus iTunes! This just flies into the future. Be able to watch anywhere. Here, is it works, is a link to all the various ways you can view Hulu: http://www.hulu.com/plus/devices

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  8. Kristen Howe says:

    Michael, this is sweet and good news! What happened to the last lines of the article? It was cut off.

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  9. Rachel Elisabeth says:

    Oooh. Wow.

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  10. Tali (not Smith) says:

    Huge shout out to Agnes Nixon too, thank you!

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  11. su0000 says:

    I have watched my soaps for 5yrs through HULU, so very good!!

    Hopefully GoogleTV and Roku will pick up the TRON channel , also!!!

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  12. Teri says:

    Are they ever going to bring back Guiding Light & As the World Turns??

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    Robert replied

    After this, who knows, maybe they can come back as well!

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    CTwildheart replied

    I’m hoping after these are successful, others will return!

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  13. Christy says:

    Another question Michael – since I’ve never watched any new programs on the internet, will this be like regular youtube videos – available for a long time to view? So if I go on a 2week vacation, will the shows be available for viewing when I return home? – tropical island… no internet service… think Todd, Tea & Ross’ island vacation :-) D

    anyway to save them so I can watch them decades from now, like I do with old VHS recordings?

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  14. Buddy says:

    I already have a Hulu Plus account via my Xbox so I will be able to watch it on my big screen :) Very Happy

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    Ella replied

    Thinking the same thing about my Wii !

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  15. Terry says:

    Any idea if this will be available for Canadians through iTunes? I know Hulu is not permitted so I am guessing that iTunes Canada will not have it either.

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    CTwildheart replied

    http://www.howtogetitincanada.com/how-to-watch-hulu-in-canada/ Is just one option I have seen for those fans in Canada.

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  16. Annette P says:

    Hope we don’t have to pay iTunes for these soaps, we pay 2 much for cable & phone service already!!

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    lipstickcat replied

    I’m sure if they are free now they won’t stay that way for long! If they’re only on the internet it’s because they want to charge a subscription fee! I wish it was on cable since I’m already paying of it! I don’t need another bill to pay!

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  17. Blake says:

    Great news! I will watch them on hulu for sure! So great that these shows have been saved, thank you Prospect Park! So sorry for trash talking you last year, you pulled it off!

    Now can we get my Guiding Light back????

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    CTwildheart replied

    I hope so Blake!

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    Blake replied

    It would be great!!!

  18. emtk says:

    Hooray! I can’t wait to see OLTL!!!! Hooray for Prospect Park and hooray for ABRY financing!

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  19. B.J. says:

    I’m bummed that Hulu.free is not available on Roku to watch on my TV … only Hulu Plus, but I’ll be able to watch them on my computer. Since I pay for Netflix now, I’m not sure I can justify paying for Hulu too, just to see them on the big screen, but we’ll see. If they were each an hour long, I probably could. ;)

    This really is great news for their future success, that they will be accessible so many ways. I can’t wait!

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    CTwildheart replied

    Hulu.com is free, but I don’t know anything about Roku. I watch it using my tv as a monitor now with just a cord connection. Because they are next to each other I have no need for a Roku type service.

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    B.J. replied

    Roku is the great little relatively inexpensive device for what it offers, that I have to watch Netflix and other media channels on my TV, without stringing cables to my computer. Unfortunately, the PC wasn’t close enough to be a viable choice.

    http://www.roku.com/

    Thanks for your response. :)

  20. Robert says:

    Oh the news keeps getting better and better! :-)

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  21. Maxine says:

    Are they still going to be on cable though?

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    CTwildheart replied

    No word on that yet. I think they needed these agreements in place before they worked on a cable distribution.

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    Maxine replied

    Thanks! I’m hoping it all works out and that they go to cable as well!

  22. Chrissy Matteson says:

    I am sooooooooooooooooooo excited I can’t even begin to say. I was so depressed when they were canceled but never waivered in my faith that someone would be smart enough to pck them up

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  23. Patti says:

    Yes !!! This just gets better and better!! I AM SO HAPPY !!

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  24. Sheryl Postin says:

    Fantastic News looking forward to seeing OLTL and AMC. Thank you to everyone who is responsible for all they done for all of us and thank you Michael for your part.

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  25. Johnny says:

    I have HULU on my RoKu device attached to my TV via the Internet, I am wondering if I need to subscribe to HULU PLUS or will it be available on Just plain HULU – at any rate it is great News – now all they need to do is cast some of the roles and we’ll be all set.

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    CTwildheart replied

    From everything I’ve read, you will be able to watch then on Hulu for free, they would have commercials.

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  26. Tina Gray says:

    I’m with Christy, Michael. I don’t know anything about Hulu! What do I have to do????
    Can you help us computer illiterates?

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  27. MBmomof3 says:

    Very exciting news!

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  28. Derek says:

    What an emotional day! To see the RIP off of AMC is a miracle.to think that barely a month ago, we all never thought this would happen. Thank you Prospect park and Agnes Nixon!

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  29. James McDonald says:

    Hot Diggity Dog! Now all we need to hear is Devious Maids will be cancelled and Susan Lucci can return to All My Children (Erica has to be alive).

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    CTwildheart replied

    I think they would be able to work out scheduling so she could do both. At least that is my hope!

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  30. AJ says:

    This has “failure” written all over it.

    Sorry, but no traditional TV outlet (cable, syndication, other) = virtually no chance in my book. Anyone who thinks otherwise is living in fantasy land. I just cannot imagine enough older viewers (the core of the daytime soap audience) and casual viewers (the ones Prospect Park will have to attract to have any chance of this getting off the ground and making $$$) going out of their way to watch these abominations-in-the-making on a small computer screen. Outside of the rabid die hards, I don’t see enough casual mainstream people interested enough, regardless of comments made by the small sample on this page. The large, silent majority of people who watched these soaps at one time or another on ABC have long since moved on to other routines, don’t care anymore, and haven’t for a long time.

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    Derek replied

    How do you know that? How do you know people have moved on? This is how people are watching shows nowadays. There have been plenty of other web soaps that have been successful. This one already has a fanbase. Were you an AMC fan AJ? I’m.curious.

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    AJ replied

    Only a loud cult group is kicking, screaming, and throwing a tantrum for these soaps to come back. That almost certainly won’t be enough for Prospect Park to show that they can make $$$ off of this. Plus, if this project does not get adequate promotion, it’s even more doomed to fail. After all, outside of people online on soap opera sites, who actually knows about this? And if people do know, do they care? Honestly, I have my doubts. Without Susan Lucci, I believe AMC would be better off staying cancelled instead of tarnishing its legacy even more after its final 5 or 6 years, which were awful.

    Prospect Park is going to need to attract tons of casual mainstream viewers to this to have any remote hope of it getting off the ground and succeeding, and I don’t see enough of those people caring enough or being interested to go out of their way to download, stream, and watch diminished versions of these shows on a computer screen. There is so much competition out there, and the large majority of those people moved on a long time ago (especially from AMC) and are now in new routines. If people were not watching these soaps when they still aired on ABC, I don’t see them returning or starting now. I highly doubt that.

    Lisa J. replied

    Derek, some people are just negative and contrary and there’s no telling them otherwise. I believe there will be enough people watching to keep this going if the writers, staff and actors do a fabulous job which I’m sure they will do. There are plenty of younger folks who will enjoy the fact that they can watch this on a gadget. Plus, with the right equipment many people will be able to watch these on there regular TV. That’s what I plan to do. But I’m one of those optimistic people instead of a pessimistic person. I refuse to let the nay Sayers rain on my parade. In fact, I feel like sneezing because I am allergic to negative people. These types come on here and constantly say “this will never work.” But it’s happening and we are all so thrilled about it. I also disagree when he said the last few years of AMC were not good. Sure, they had their ups and downs, but I’ve always enjoyed them. We love Susan Lucci, but she is not the entire show. We love many of the characters and will be thrilled to have them back. So keep your chin up and just ignore the nay Sayers. They are a fact of life just like catching a cold.

    CTwildheart replied

    If it were just a small group of loud diehard fans…I seriously doubt Prospect Park would still be working on this. They would have let the rights revert back to ABC/D and be done with it. They have done their own research and I believe they know better than you. Time will tell.

    Cassie replied

    “Cult group” – seriously? Your argument is laughable. There is no cult group. These soaps are being revived because the four remaining soaps on the main three networks are seeing the highest ratings they have in years. No one would revive OLTL & AMC if they didn’t believe doing so would be profitable, no matter how “loud” the fans are. The only way OLTL & AMC reboots won’t survive is if quality is low and viewership isn’t sustained. GH has made a remarkable ratings turnaround while at the same time keeping Llanview alive by crossovers of OLTL characters. This + a remarkably loyal fanbase + high ratings = revival. Plain & simple. ABC made a mistake in cancelling both AMC & OLTL at the same time. They should have floated a trial balling and tested the waters to see how alternate programming would fare instead of bringing The Chew & The Revolution onto the canvas a few months apart. Their gamble didn’t pay off like they thought it would. This may be a reason why SoapNet is still on the air. Why did they allow it to remain on air when it was supposed to be pulled from the airwaves in July 2012? Perhaps it is because soaps pull in a larger audience than they anticipated. Perhaps also ABC will air the new OLTL & AMC on SoapNet at some point? The entities involved think these shows can succeed and bring in revenue. Let’s give it a chance and wait and see.

    Kian replied

    Exactly. You’ll remember how well “Passions” did on DirecTV … cancelled after 10 months.

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    Rebecca replied

    Hey AJ!

    I’m just wondering why you are on this sight. Your obviously not a soap fan.
    We don’t need your pessimistic views. Just like we got this by going online
    to fight for our soaps, we’ll definetly go online to watch. I don’t know who you are but you sound as if your threatened by our soaps in some way. As for everyone
    else, let be happy we have our soaps back. As for not watching AMC if Susan Lucci isn’t on it. Well thats just poo! We’ve gone long streches at a time without
    her brilliance and we still watched.

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  31. Ron says:

    “…the hugely popular daily dramas will reach tens of millions of fans via the free Hulu.com service, as well as millions of Hulu Plus subscribers watching on connected TVs, mobile phones, tablets and PCs.” I’m trying restrain from bursting into uncontrollable laughter.

    Let me get this straight. These “hugely popular daily dramas” (LOL) could no longer reach “tens of millions of fans” when they were on free TV on ABC, but now all of a sudden these watered down retreads will reach “tens of millions of fans” on the internet and a small computer screen? Most seniors would not know the internet and “Hulu” from a hole in the wall. And all the younger generations who weren’t/had no interest in watching these soaps before are going to drop everything in their routines to watch these diminished dinosaurs? No matter what is said here, the reality is that these shows now have a miniscule fraction of “tens of millions of fans” left.

    Besides only the most hardcore AMC/OLTL fans, hardly anyone else cares or is interested in this one iota. Everyone else has moved on with their lives. I agree with AJ-This is a huge flop in the making.

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  32. Chris says:

    I’d be stunned if these soaps last six months on the internet without airing somewhere on regular TV. It just does not add up.

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    CTwildheart replied

    They are also working on getting them aired on a cable channel after their original ‘airings’ online. They needed the digital format set in place first.

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  33. Derek says:

    Well AJ I guess we’ll just have to wait and see who’s right. I still don’t know how you know people have “moved on” and won’t watch again when it comes back. In any case, we’ll just have to see come April how many are watching.

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  34. Johnny says:

    We will just have to wait and see how it works, I would not side with the negative people here, we are in a different world today and media is bigger, it’s difficult to predict how well the shows will do, and I understand that the die hard fans don’t necessarily represent the casual observers but let’s give it a chance. I don’t mind watching half hour versions, sometimes the hour programs got dragged out. The 30 minute format may give the shows a better flow ~ I will certainly be streaming through HULU on my TV screen, I am sure others will do the same. The cards can land face up or down, it depends on how compelling the shows are and how strongly they can attract both new and current fans.

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    Reed replied

    Great comment Johnny. I’m not listening to the negative folks anymore. Those guys probably dont even watch AMC anyway. They somehow think that only the old diehard fans will be watching and the shows have no chance of attracting new viewers. I for one am looking forward to AMC rising from the dead!

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  35. danica says:

    I am ready for the first episode of OLTL and will be where ever it airs! Just bring my stories and make them good! I do prefer commercial free even if I have to pay for it though…

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  36. Lisa J. says:

    So thrilled! I’ll be watching on my TV, but if I am away I can watch on my IPad! Each show is only 30 minutes, but I’ll take that over nothing. Port Charles and Loving were only 30 minute shows but I loved them! Can’t wait! Our efforts and prayers have been rewarded! P.S., my 87 yr. old friend uses a computer just fine and she intends to watch them every day on her desk top! Just sayin!

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  37. CTwildheart says:

    Very happy to be able to watch my stories again! Hoping their success enables other cancelled shows to return. I am curious to see how this all comes together and what the end result will be. All I know for sure, is that I will be watching!
    Thank you for not giving up (like I thought you did) Prospect Park and for being smart enough to get Agnes Nixon on board.

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  38. marfa says:

    Just wish they had cut a deal with Netflix instead of Hulu. I don’t need to pay for two accounts.
    And as always you will have to pay to buy an episode on iTunes. Bad thing about that, is I recently bought an episode of Dallas, and it won’t even play on my iPod. Sucks.

    Am just hoping the commercials don’t take up the whole show. They say it’s going to be a 30 minute show, but when you factor in commercials, it will probably only be 20 minutes or less.

    Was hoping that Prospect was going to run it from their own site. :(

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    Derek replied

    It will be free to watch on hulu.

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  39. FRAN says:

    I’m thrilled they are coming back … I will pay if I have to, but for FREE-even better.

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  40. Jim says:

    If only the nimrods who convert the soaps from their DVRs and put them on YouTube without permission could be sued by the powers that be, online soaps might have a chance, but as long as people thinks it’s all right and there’s “no copyright violation intended”, online shows would be commercially viable.

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  41. Llanviewer717 says:

    SInce learning about the return of OLTL, I’ve been sitting at my computer waiting for it to start. Just get it to us quickly. I’m dying without my soap opera people. Hurry!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  42. susan M. says:

    I am glad we can watch our beloved soaps for free! I was a bit worried that they might
    charge some outrageous price…Didn’t want to miss these soaps! I am releived now.. Can’t wait to see AMC & especially OLTL my #1 favorite soap!

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  43. No1_ILoveLucyFan says:

    I’m thrilled that Hulu is picking up AMC! I never watched OLTL, but I will absolutely tune-in to day 1 of the new AMC & watch with pleasure! Thank you to all the cast & crew who are bringing Pine Valley and all the insanity it holds, back to our homes & hearts! WOOOO HOOOOOO!!!

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  44. M. Hilton says:

    So very thrilled to be able to see these much loved and missed shows again, can’t wait!!!!!

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