CBS in talks with Hulu to distribute content online

Broadcaster may make shows available for online streaming

The US television network CBS is considering making its shows available on the internet streaming service

The broadcaster is understood to have intensified talks with Hulu in recent weeks over reaching an agreement.

CBS is likely to sign up only if Hulu does not make any demands for online exclusivity. If an agreement is reached, it may begin providing programmes from September.

Hulu, which is owned by News Corp's Fox channel, General Electric's NBC Universal and Walt Disney, is also in discussions with Viacom and Time Warner about broadcasting some of their shows. This is part of its efforts to establish itself as a one-stop destination for shows that have already been broadcast.

It is also understood that CBS and others want to store their content on Hulu before it becomes a paid site.

Hulu is considering a subscription service called Hulu Plus with a charge of $9.95 (£6.68) per month for old episodes, say reports.