Paula Abdul had a recent guest spot on <i>Neighbours</i>.

Paula Abdul had a recent guest spot on Neighbours.

Almost three decades after Crocodile Dundee forever changed the American perception of Australia, our American cousins are to get a daily dose of life Down Under.

The long-running soap opera Neighbours is emigrating to the United States, as part of a deal stitched up between the television production studio Fremantle and the US online TV portal Hulu.

As part of the deal, a new episode of Neighbours will be available to stream daily from the service. Episodes will be streamed four weeks after they have aired in Australia.

Hulu is a streaming service similar to Netflix, but has a greater emphasis on television programming over first-run movies. Like both Netflix and Amazon, Hulu is jockeying for a prominent position on the US broadcast landscape.

Hulu will launch Neighbours on July 14, with episodes featuring a guest appearance by US music personality Paula Abdul.

Fremantle's head of digital distribution Jeff Siegel said the show would "provide a delicious daily dose of Australian sunshine to soap-opera fans."

"Thanks to Hulu, we’re coming to the US at a perfect entry point for first-time viewers," he said.

Hulu is a joint venture of NBC Universal, 20th Century Fox and Disney-ABC Television.

The platform already screens the British soap opera Coronation Street. In 2013 it screened the US daytime soap operas All My Children and One Life To Live until their cancellation.

As streaming services rise in prominence in the US, the three major players - Netflix, Hulu and Amazon - are either investing in original content - such as Netflix's House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, and Amazon's season of TV pilots - or acquiring original international series to expand their line-ups.

The Hulu deal is Neighbours' fourth outing on American television.

It was first screened in 1991 by the Los Angeles station KCOP, a then-independent local TV channel which sourced its programming from various sources and did not carry a major "network" schedule, and New York's WWOR, a local channel owned at the time by MCA/Universal.

In 2004 it was sold to the US cable channel Oxygen.

Neighbours launched in 1985 on the Seven Network, but later shifted to the Ten network. Almost 7000 episodes have been produced.