The online television streaming system Hulu launched in the United States on March 12, 2008 as a joint venture between AOL, MSN, Facebook, Comcast, MySpace and Yahoo!, with Disney joining along in 2009. From its debut up until this weekend, content was only available in English.
But on Saturday, July 14, Hulu viewers were able to stream an exclusive foreign television series – Israel’s “Prisoners of War” (“Hatufim”) – for the first time.
The Israeli drama is the highest-rated TV drama in its home country and is the winner of nine Israeli Emmy Awards.
The show follows two Israeli soldiers, Nimrod and Uri, upon their release from Lebanon after being held as prisoners of war for 17 years.
Sound kind of familiar? Showtime’s hit drama “Homeland” is based off of its foreign counterpart.
Avi Nir, the CEO of Keshet Broadcast, the company behind bringing the show to Hulu, said, “We are looking forward for this great opportunity to bring the unique voice of ‘Prisoners of War’ to a worldwide audience. We are happy and proud to partner with a market leader such as Hulu in this US debut.”