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'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' heading to Chinese TV streaming service

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Fans (and soon-to-be fans) of the delightful comedy stylings of Ellen DeGeneres who live in China will now be able to access her successful talk show online, as an agreement was reached to start distributing The Ellen DeGeneres Show there.

The deal, revealed on Tuesday, comes as part of a deal struck between Warner Bros. and the Chinese online video service Sohu Video. DeGeneres' show also racks up another honor with the deal, as it has become the first American talk show to air in China.

"That is epic," DeGeneres said when she told her studio audience the news. The 55-year-old comedian also joked that the show will be called The Happy Lady Dance Hour.

The show will have subtitles on the service and episodes will be available 48 hours after the episode airs in America.

Ellen joins another long-running American program on the service. In late December 2013, Sohu began streaming episodes of Saturday Night Live, which was done in part to curb piracy and encourage the legal viewing of more American programming.

"American TV shows account for one-fifth of total clicks we're getting, and I'm really confident that we will be able to attract the attention of younger viewers," Sohu chief executive Charles Zhang said at an event in Beijing earlier this month.

Now in its 11th season, The Ellen DeGeneres Show has received consistent critical acclaim and a slew of Daytime Emmys, including six at the 2013 ceremony last June.


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