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Criterion Collection extends Hulu streaming deal

NEW YORK - The Criterion Collection and Hulu have extended their deal to keep the video platform as the exclusive streaming home of Criterion's vast library of art house films.

The new deal was revealed exclusively to The Associated Press. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but both Hulu and Criterion said it will run for several years.

Since 2011, Criterion Collection films have streamed exclusively on Hulu Plus, Hulu's monthly subscription video service. In a fractured streaming landscape, the partnership has been a rarity, making Hulu Plus home to more than 800 movies in Criterion's singular collection, from "L'Avventura" to "Seven Samurai."

Criterion will kick off its new chapter with Hulu with the digital release Tuesday of the Oscar-winning Italian film "The Great Beauty."

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