Viacom Returns 'Daily Show,' 'Colbert Report,' Other Fare To Hulu

 Hulu and Viacom said they reached an agreement that will return The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and other popular shows from Viacom's cable networks to the video site.

Under the deal, announced late Wednesday, full episodes and clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report will be available, supported by advertising on Hulu's free to consumers service. Viacom will make a number of other current shows, including Jersey Shore, Tosh.0, Manswers and Hot in Cleveland available to Hulu Plus subscribers 21 days after their premieres.

Hulu Plus subscribers will be able to watch shows from Viacom's librarary, including Chappelle's Show, and Beavis & Butthead.

Financial terms were not disclosed. Hulu is owned by News Corp., The Walt Disney Co., and Comcast, which gave up NBC Universal's decision making power as part its agreement to acquire NBC Universal.

Last March, Viacom removed The Daily Show, Colbert and other Comedy Central shows from Hulu over compensation issues. At the time, Daily Show was the third-most watched show on Hulu, which had reached an initial deal with Viacom in 2008.

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