'Daily Show,' 'Colbert' return to Hulu.com

Feb. 7, 2011 at 3:45 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Hulu and Viacom say they've made a new content partnership that will return U.S. series "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" to Hulu.com.

The pact was made nearly a year after the satirical chat shows were removed from the Web site in a dispute over financial terms. Current full episodes and clips of "The Daily Show" and "Colbert" became available on the free ad-supported Hulu.com service and through the Hulu Plus subscription service last week.

The new agreement also will bring many popular TV shows from Viacom's media networks, including Comedy Central, MTV, BET, VH1, Spike TV and TV Land, to the Hulu Plus subscription service. Now available is a selection of current programs including "Jersey Shore," "Tosh.0," "Teen Mom 2," "Manswers," "Let's Stay Together" and "Hot in Cleveland" 21 days after they first air on television.

Viacom content availability on Hulu Plus will vary on a show-by-show basis.

Additionally, Hulu Plus subscribers will have access to more than 2,000 episodes of programming from Viacom's library, including "Chappelle's Show," "Reno 911," "Beavis & Butthead," "The Real World," "Punk'd" and "Baldwin Hills."

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"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," Philippe Dauman, president and chief executive officer of Viacom, said in a statement. "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 and we look forward to bringing our popular content to their growing audience."

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