Warner Bros. TV, ABC Ink Deal for Current Shows to Be Available Online
"Surburgatory" and "The Middle" are among the offerings that will be on Hulu and ABC.com.
ABC and Warner Bros. Television Group announced on Monday that they have finalized an agreement that allows digital distribution of television series produced by WBTV for the network of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. Current TV shows like The Middle, Suburgatory and the upcoming comedy Work It will be available.
In the new agreement, ABC will be able to distribute any WBTV show from this season and the next online through its official website, ABC.com and on Hulu. The five most recently televised episodes of each show will be made available the day after they air on ABC.
“This new agreement is a great example of our commitment to working with our production partners to find innovative solutions that allow us to offer ABC viewers access to their favorite series,” said Jana Winograde, executive vice president, business affairs and administration at ABC Entertainment Group. “Over the years, the Warner Bros. Television Group has been a tremendous partner, as both of our companies look to experiment and find new ways to build and strengthen our businesses.”
“Our new agreement with our ABC network partners is a win all around. It makes it easier than ever for viewers to watch their favorite shows, it helps expand the ABC platform and ultimately it makes our series more valuable,” said Craig Hunegs, executive vice president, Warner Bros. Television Group.
The agreement also allows the network the ability to simulcast its linear feed in all media, currently being developed.