'Gossip Girl,' other CW shows coming to Hulu

October 28, 2011 - 4:35 PM
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In this undated image released by The CW, Blake Lively portrays Serena Van Der Woodsen in a scene from The CW series

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Current season shows on The CW including "The Vampire Diaries" and "Gossip Girl" are coming to Hulu.

The five-year deal announced Friday means that before the end of the year, the online video service will feature shows from five of the largest six broadcasters — ABC, NBC, Fox, The CW, and Univision. The only holdout left is CBS.

Under the new deal, subscribers who pay $8 a month for Hulu Plus will get the five most recent episodes from The CW's lineup the day after they are broadcast on television. The same episodes will then be available for free on CWTV.com three days after broadcast. Eight days after broadcast, the episodes will be available on the free version of Hulu for computers.

All the versions will come with ads.

Earlier this month, The CW also agreed to make all its previous seasons' shows available to subscribers of Netflix Inc.'s streaming plan, which also costs $8 a month.

The CW, co-owned by CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros., is a network that targets young women aged 18-34, many of whom catch the shows online.