Video site, Viacom agree to new deal
Hulu and Viacom have agreed to a deal that will bring “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report” back to Hulu.com.The shows become available immediately. In addition, subscription-based Hulu Plus will host several current Viacom network shows, including MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland,” along with others from BET, VH1 and Spike. Viacom pulled “Daily Show,” “Colbert” and other Comedy Central series in March after failing to agree with Hulu on financial considerations, but the two parted on seemingly amicable terms. “Hulu was one of the many digital distribution partners we’ve worked with over the past few years to add new outlets for our valuable and powerful content and to help drive the businesses of our partners,” Comedy Central said in a March statement. “We had a great experience with Hulu, and we hope to work with its team again in the future.” Full episodes of the series have been (and will continue to be) available at Comedy Central’s website. Hulu Plus subscribers will also have access to more than 2,000 episodes from Viacom’s vaults of series such as “Chappelle’s Show,” “Reno 911,” and “Beavis and Butt-Head,” on multiple platforms. “We are very pleased to partner with Hulu in a way that recognizes the value of our strong brands and the passionate young fans who are attracted to our content,” Viacom prexy-CEO Philippe Dauman said. “The Hulu Plus service offers us the opportunity to connect with our audiences through an exciting subscription and ad-supported platform that is complementary to our existing distribution arrangements. This innovative agreement allows us to benefit from the success and expansion of Hulu.”
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