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Andor is coming to cable TV and Hulu

star wars: Andor released some great episodes on Disney+ and now it’s coming out from behind the paywall. For the very first time, you will be able to see a Disney+ show outside of the platform.

On Monday, star wars announced that the first two episodes of the twelve-episode series will be coming to cable TV as well as Hulu. Each channel is still owned by Disney, but it’s a great way to show the show in new eyes. That’s especially true since it comes out during Thanksgiving week, a time when many Americans find themselves in front of the TV for quite a while.

Here’s the schedule to catch those first two episodes:

  • ABC – 11/23 9 p.m. ET
  • FX – 11/24 9 PM ET
  • Freeform – 11/25 9 p.m. ET
  • Hulu – from 11/23 to 11/27I

In addition to dropping during Thanksgiving week, it will also drop on the air date of the Season 1 finale on Disney+. This is most definitely an initiative to attract new subscribers to the platform. If they’re able to bring in new viewers with those first few episodes — which are one episode away from a full arc — they’ll have the full season ready to watch once they subscribe to the service. Game of Thrones has done something similar in the past, but this is the first time for Disney and star wars.

It will be interesting to see if this ends up being an effective strategy and if the number of subscribers sees a healthy increase. Either way, since it’s streaming on other Disney-owned platforms, there’s little risk in trying it. If it ends up being successful, we could see other shows receive similar treatment. I wouldn’t expect many traditional star wars Where wonder which shows to apply for, as many of the most hardcore fans are likely already subscribers; however, shows that have broader appeal potential could be next.