Daily Show viewers without a cable or satellite package won’t be able to turn to Hulu to keep getting their fix. Hulu had been an easy go-to solution for fans craving The Daily Show‘s potent mix of satire and political savvy, but thanks to the freshly expired partnership between Hulu and Viacom, the service will no longer be hosting new episodes of the Comedy Central hit. Instead, Comedy Central is encouraging fans via Twitter to watch new episodes of The Daily Show on CC’s website. Will the shows return to Hulu anytime soon? It’s possible, but it doesn’t look good at the moment.
In addition to The Daily Show, other Viacom shows ghosting off Hulu include Chris Hardwick’s comedy game show @midnight, Chappelle’s Show, and RuPaul’s Drag Race. According to Variety, older episodes of The Daily Show, Tosh.0, and numerous shows from the Viacom-owned MTV and Logo networks are still up, but will be expiring soon. Shows such as South Park, Inside Amy Schumer, and Broad City will be sticking around, however, because Hulu has exclusive licensing deals for those programs.
Vanishing programming is a regular peril of the streaming landscape, but often shows that vanish from Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon, will then reappear shortly thereafter, either on the same service or one of the competitors. In this case, however, it sounds like Viacom is in no hurry to renew or strike a new streaming deal just yet. Variety reports that Viacom CEO Bob Bakish said last week during an earnings call that:
‘SVOD is not going to be a significant part of our affiliate revenue’ going forward, and that the company would be ‘highly selective in striking agreements with over the top distributors’ in the future.
However, Hulu is still working toward launching its pay TV service sometime this year. When that gets up and running, it’s very possible the Viacom shows might be available as part of its live TV service. That’s just speculation at this point, however. So far Hulu has confirmed partnerships with Fox, Disney, CBS, and Turner.