Current season episodes of “Gossip Girl,” “The Vampire Diaries” and other CW television network shows are coming to online video site Hulu.
The network, a joint venture between CBS and Warner Bros., reached a five-year deal to bring its drama and reality programming to the free, ad-supported Hulu site and the Hulu Plus subscription service. The five most recent episodes will be available the day after broadcast on Hulu Plus, which will be the only online subscription service to carry in-season episodes. (Netflix just inked a deal for streaming of past-season CW shows). On the free Hulu website, five episodes will be available eight days after they air.
The pact includes established hits such as “90210″ and “America’s Next Top Model” plus newcomers “Ringer,” “Hart of Dixie” and “The Secret Circle.” Hulu is expanding its range of content after its network and private equity owners tried to sell the website and then pulled the site off the block following months of complex negotiations.
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