Hulu (/ˈhuːluː/) is an online streaming service owned by The Walt Disney Company and Comcast. Hulu was initially established as a joint venture between News Corporation and NBC Universal, Providence Equity Partners, and later The Walt Disney Company, serving as an aggregation of recent episodes of television series from their respective television networks. In 2010, Hulu became the first streaming service to add “Plus” to its name when it launched a subscription service, initially branded as Hulu Plus, which featured full seasons of programs from the companies and other partners, and undelayed access to new episodes. In 2017, the company launched Hulu with Live TV—an over-the-top IPTV service featuring linear television channels. As of the third quarter of 2021, Hulu has 42.8 million subscribers. Disney controls Hulu; Comcast has a minority financial stake in Hulu that it could sell by the year 2024, and plays an insignificant role in Hulu operations.