Beginning March 10, you’ll no longer be able to watch The Daily Show or The Colbert Report on Hulu.
The site announced yesterday that Comedy Central was pulling its shows which are consistently ranked among Hulu’s most watched programs.
Viacom, which owns Comedy Central, was one of the last media corporations to broadcast their series on Hulu, which is owned by NBC Universal, Fox & Walt Disney. When Comedy Central added The Daily Show and The Colbert Report to Hulu’s roster, many saw it as a victory for the then, still relatively new site.
In a blog post on Hulu, Andy Forssell, senior vice president of content and distribution at Hulu said, “In the past 21 months, we’ve had very strong results for both Hulu and Comedy Central, in terms of the views and revenue we’ve generated. After a series of discussions with the team at Comedy Central, though, we ultimately were unable to secure the rights to extend these shows for a much longer period of time.”
Forssell added that Hulu and Comedy Central continue to discuss “a number of opportunities” and that he was sure they would work together “in multiple ways in the future.”
Comedy Central issued a statement saying their agreement with Hulu had “concluded,” but added, “We had a great experience with Hulu, and we hope to work with its team again in the future,” said Comedy Central.
Full episodes of The Daily Show and Colbert can still be seen on each show’s website.
And don’t feel too bad for Hulu, the site now offers more than 14,000 hours of original programming. More than 1 billion videos were viewed on the site in December alone.
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