Although some fans weren’t entirely pleased with what we got from the last Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, others were happy to see characters like Bebop, Rocksteady and Krang on the big screen. Now that it’s been about a year since the film was released in theaters, Out of the Shadows is officially available either physically or digitally on a variety of formats. Unfortunately, there are a lot of shellheads out there who can’t always afford to plunk down $15-$20 for a movie, opting instead to wait and see if it will become available via a streaming service like Netflix, Amazon or Hulu.
If you’ve been waiting until this movie was a little more accessible, you’ll be happy to hear that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows will finally be available on Hulu very soon. To be precise, you can expect them to add this film on May 20th, roughly a month from now. I know a lot of fans were probably hoping that Netflix would get the rights to Out of the Shadows, but it looks like Hulu was probably willing to pay a little bit more for the exclusive rights.
For those who may be unaware, these services typically pay for the rights to stream content owned by companies like Viacom. At times, they will even pay a little bit more for exclusivity, which would explain why we aren’t seeing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows on either Netflix or Amazon. Considering that Hulu has had a pretty good relationship with Viacom over the past few years, it actually makes perfect sense that they would be the first to obtain the rights for streaming this movie.
Does this mean you’ll only ever be able to access Out of the Shadows through Hulu? Not at all! Streaming rights for this type of content typically switch hands several times over the course of a few years — or even months. There’s no way of knowing exactly how long it will take before we see the latest TMNT movie on another streaming service, but you can bet that it will probably happen at some point in the near future.
For now, at least fans who subscribe to Hulu will be able to watch Out of the Shadows. For those who may not be aware, Hulu also has the first three seasons of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Needless to say, this is a pretty good streaming service for anyone who wants to see some shellraising action!
UPDATE: Apparently we were ahead of schedule with this post. It turns out that Amazon Prime will also be streaming Out of the Shadows starting on May 20th! It looks like Hulu didn’t obtain exclusivity after all. This is definitely good news for fans who have an account on Amazon. Unfortunately, Netflix will not be streaming this movie anytime soon. We’ll keep you posted if this changes in the near future.