A big step for Hulu.com; the site just added Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report to its selection of free, long-form streaming video. This is seen as another “official” stamp of approval for the site, and a dismissal of Google’s YouTube. The illegal posting of Daily Show and Colbert Report episodes has become a hotly contested issue between YouTube and Comedy Central’s owner Viacom. PBS is also reported to have struck a deal to distribute Nova and Scientific American Frontiers through Hulu.

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