Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert Will Be Dropped from Hulu
Comedy Central programs "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" will be dropped from Hulu starting on March 9, after a rights dispute between the network and the popular video streaming site. Hulu and YouTube have taken advantage of the growing trend in watching streaming video online, which in turn has led companies such as Microsoft to integrate Hulu feeds into their video pages and enterprise IT companies such as Omniture to create solutions for monitoring the spread of viral video clips across the Internet. Streaming video is also becoming a more robust source of revenue for both networks and sites such as Hulu.Comedy Central programs "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" will no longer be available on Hulu, due to a dispute between the network and the streaming video site. The shows will be removed from the site starting at 11:59 p.m. PST on March 9. "In the past 21 months, we've had very strong results for both Hulu and Comedy Central, in terms of views and revenue we've generated," Andy Forssell, Hulu's senior vice president of content and distribution, wrote in a March 2 posting on the site's official blog. "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 indicated that negotiations with Comedy Central would continue "about a number of opportunities," raising the possibility, however remote, that a compromise between the two entities could be found in time to prevent the shows from being yanked offline.