December 02, 2011 10:16am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Hulu Nabs 'Community' in Digital Syndication Deal
NBC's Community has found a digital community to call home.
Through a deal with production company Sony, episodes of the soon-to-be sidelined comedy created by Dan Harmon will stream on Hulu and Hulu Plus. Hulu Plus will be the only place where the series' entire library will be available.
Beginning today, fans of the comedy starring Joel McHale can stream episodes of the series from the pilot to its most recent foosball-themed episode on the site, with Hulu Plus serving as the exclusive home to the show's complete roster of episodes.
Users of free service Hulu will be able to view Community's five most recent episodes (including current episodes available next day), while subscribers to Hulu Plus' will have next-day access to current season episodes as well as the show's entire library in HD and on Internet-connected TVs, gaming consoles, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes and mobile phones and tablets.
Other episode of Community will still be available to be streamed on other sites, including NBC.com.
On Thursday, Community's penultimate fall/winter episodeposted its strongest showing among adults 18-49 since Sept. 29 with a 1.7 rating.
Diehard fans of the series, meanwhile, have launched a Twitter campaign in an effort to voice support for the series.
Community ranked as Hulu's "top-performing comedy" in the site's "Best in Show" competition for two years running.