Hollyoaks has become the first UK soap to be available in YouTube territories worldwide.

The move follows the launch of full episodes on YouTube in the UK last year, as part of the move to a stream-first model.

The international launch will follow the same pattern as the UK – with daily episodes available one week after their TX on Channel 4-streaming.

The episodes will be available on the Hollyoaks official YouTube channel.

There will be 20 episodes in total for viewers to stream before joining the same daily drop pattern as UK YouTube subscribers.

The popular continuing drama produced by Lime Pictures, part of All3Media, had previously been available on American streaming platform Hulu.

Lime Pictures Joint Managing Director, Kate Little said: “Hollyoaks is always synonymous with digital firsts and I am delighted that the show’s global audience will now be able to find and watch episodes when they want on YouTube. With a proven track record of enticing younger viewers with gripping storytelling and engaging characters, this digitally-led offering of episodes will allow new and existing audiences worldwide to get their Hollyoaks fix with ease.”

Matt Risley, Managing Director, 4Studio said: “We’re hugely excited to see Hollyoaks’ continual growth on YouTube, and this innovative move towards global distribution will only supercharge it further. YouTube is a core viewing platform for young viewers in the UK and abroad, so there’s no better place for us to be reaching new audiences with the best soap on TV.”

Jon Creamer

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