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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Viacom Pulls Colbert Report, Daily Show from Hulu

A spokesperson for Hulu said the website was unable to secure the rights to the popular Comedy Central shows The Daily Show and The Colbert Report past March 9th, meaning Comedy Central's parent company, Viacom, has effectively pulled the shows from Hulu. However, he said Hulu was still in talks with the cable company.

Comedy Central receives a percentage of the ad revenue from Hulu, but there have been a number of widely-publicized disputes between content providers and cable companies lately, and this appears to be along those same lines. Earlier this week, ABC threatened to pull shows from Cablevision and last year, Fox threatened to blackout the Superbowl Time-Warner cable services. A compromise was reached in the latter case, but ABC and Cablevision have yet to settle their dispute.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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