Hulu May Get TV Shows Later Under New Deals with It Owners

7:45 AM PST 05/18/2011 by Georg Szalai

Series could come to the video site three to seven days after they air under new agreements being finalized with the entertainment giants that jointly own the company.

NEW YORK - TV shows may be kept from appearing on Hulu for three to seven days after they air under new content agreements being finalized between the online video site and its owners, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Many TV shows currently appear on Hulu's free site the night after they air.

The Journal reiterated a recent story by AllThingsD that Hulu is closing in on a new content deal with owners Walt Disney, News Corp. and NBCUniversal, which has been a passive investor since its deal with Comcast. Under one arrangement that has been discussed, shows' appearance on Hulu could be delayed, it said.

The Journal also said that Jason Kilar's contract as Hulu CEO expires this summer. It cited a source familiar with the situation as saying that renegotiation talks haven't formally started, but Hulu's owners have expressed support for him staying.

He has been in heated discussions about Hulu's future and access to content with his owners' bosses in the past - even to the point where he threatened to quit.

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