Hulu lovers, rejoice: the online video service has widened its current standing with Viacom, and as a result, will now offer a range of Nickelodeon TV shows. If that's not good enough for you, the new expansion will also include another two years of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, both of whom are responsible for a large percentage of Hulu's visitors. Viacom and Hulu reached their first deal back in 2011.
Nickelodeon shows destined for Hulu include "Spongebob Squarepants," "iCarly," and "Big Time Rush." Unfortunately for those with younger kids, the deal doesn't include any Nick Jr. shows like "Max and Ruby." This may be due to licensing issues that would arise, given that several of the shows are currently licensed for other video providers, including Amazon.
Recently, Viacom has been criticized for offering content online and via Netflix, with some claiming that by doing so, the network is shooting its TV ratings in the proverbial foot. In addition, Hulu is apparently in for some major changes, with an alleged leaked internal memo that reads: "Outline transition plan for new CEO. Discuss potential candidates and process." Fortunately, Hulu's seemingly uncertain future hasn't affected its relationship with Viacom.
Hulu is owned by NBCUniversal, Fox, and Disney-ABC. It offers content from its own networks, as well as content from CBS and Nickelodeon, to name a few. Viewers can watch clips and many episodes online for free, with access to premium content available via a Hulu Plus subscription.
[via All Things D]