Hulu to stream presidential debates live

Video site will also premiere Crawford, a documentary about the town best known for President Bush's ranch.

Update at 5:55 a.m. PDT: Additional TV stations airing the debate live have been added.

This is Hulu's new election hub. Hulu

Last year, it was all about "remixing" debate footage. But this year, it's about seeing it live.

Video content hub Hulu has secured the rights to stream the remaining two presidential debates live on the Web. The next debate is set for Tuesday night.

The news was first reported by PaidContent that Hulu has launched Election '08 hub for the live debate, as well as past election-related footage. That includes footage from political satire talk shows The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, the only two MTV Networks shows currently on Hulu .

This is the first-ever live broadcast for Hulu, a joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp.

Cable channel Current, co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore, is streaming all presidential debates live on the Web as part of its "Hack the Debate" partnership with Twitter.

Most major television broadcasters and news channels are airing the debate live, of course, including ABC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, Fox, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, PBS, and Telemundo.

Hulu will also, according to PaidContent, also be the venue for the debut of Crawford, a documentary about the town best known for President Bush's ranch.

Joost, the video content site that everyone thought would be a runaway success , began offering live TV for the first time this past spring, starting with the NCAA "March Madness" basketball tournament.

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