Comedy Central has always been very staunch on the online distribution of its most cherished properties, particularly its top-rated pair of faux-news shows The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Though the network has been okay with letting people watch clips of the two programs on the Internet, it wanted them viewed on its own Web sites or in its own video players.
Now the network seems a lot more open to the idea of letting the shows leave the nest. Comedy Central has agreed to test-run both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report on the new online video site Hulu.com, owned by NBC Universal and News Corp.
Beginning yesterday, current and archived episodes of both shows were streaming on the site for free--though supported by ads, obviously. Of course, hardcore fans of the shows will point out that episodes of both have been available on ComedyCentral.com for months, but the news here is that Hulu is continuing to wrangle the big guns into its portfolio, which includes Fox, NBC, and loads of other programming.
Hulu, which is already home to cult shows such as Arrested Development and Firefly, is also adding another program with a devoted fan base. The first season of Angel, the spin-off of Joss Whedon's megapopular Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, will begin streaming on the site on June 23, as reported by EW.com. Also said to be coming is PBS programming, such as Nova and Carriers.