Over the past year, Hulu has grown significantly in terms of its viewing audience and its video library. The website offers high quality online streaming of some of the biggest shows on television, but unfortunately two of them will no longer be available. According to The Christian Science Monitor, the site is giving the axe to Comedy Central giants, “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report.”
Hulu’s audience has steadily grown reaching over 1 billion views a month, coming in second only to YouTube. One of the major reasons why its been so successful in the online market is due to the cooperation from the major networks, NBC, ABC, and Fox. But Comedy Central gets no love, therefore their programming will no longer be a part of its streaming roster.
On March 9th, “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” will be removed from the website. Reruns will still be available but only through the official sites, TheDailyShow.com and ColbertNation.com. Hulu exec Andy Forssell sent out an official press release regarding the series’ departure, which sounded cold, calculating, and corporate.
“When a show is about to cycle out, we try our hardest to ensure that users who have subscribed to the show or have episodes of the show in their queue are notified in plenty of time so that they can catch up before the series sunsets. But typically we don’t recognize these expirations in any larger way than that, as it’s a fairly regular occurrence. Today, though, I want to recognize a couple of our favorite shows that are leaving the service for now, shows that we love so much that we simply can’t let them go without a more public and fond farewell.”
Are words like “sunset” and “expirations” supposed to make the blow any lighter? If you’re one of the many people who follow both of these programs on Hulu, it’s time to find a new place to watch because after Monday, they’ll be gone.
What do you think about Hulu removing The Daily Show and The Colbert Report from their line up?