"South Park" and its raunchy cartoon characters -- Cartman, Stan, Kyle, Kenny, et al -- are heading to Hulu.
The streaming site announced it will be the exclusive streaming home for all seasons of "South Park."
The multi-year licensing agreement between Hulu and South Park Digital Studios was announced Saturday during Hulu's session at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills.
The deal would make all seasons of "Comedy Central's" long-running cartoon available on the Hulu Plus subscription service.
But those looking for a freebie are in luck -- for a limited time. The entire "South Park" library will be made available, beginning Saturday, for free on Hulu until the season 18 premiere on Sept. 24.
Meanwhile, SouthPark.cc.com, the show's website, will continue to have all seasons of "South Park" up until the launch of season 18. At that point, both Hulu and SouthPark.cc.com will offer a rotating selection of free episodes. In announcing the deal, Hulu said it will "power the video and advertising" on SouthPark.cc.com moving forward.
"South Park" creators Matt Parker and Trey Stone, who have pushed more than a few buttons with the controversial and crude animated series, offered this statement:
“This is a natural partnership for us. We are excited that the entire library will be available on Hulu and that the best technology around will power South Park Digital Studios.”
Also beginning with season 18, users will have next-day access to new episodes on Hulu and Hulu Plus.
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