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Fri Jul 13, 2012, 11:32 AM

Daily Show,'Colbert Report' Cease Streaming online Due to Viacom vs Direct TV Battle

The battle between DirecTV and Viacom has just claimed a big casualty: Online streaming episodes of "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report."

Viacom and DirecTV have been publicly battling over DirecTV's reluctance to pay the fees Viacom demands to carry their 26 channels. On Tuesday evening, the satellite provider dropped Viacom channels, including Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and MTV, from their lineup.

DirecTV has noted to customers that although they are losing Comedy Central on DirecTV, anyone can easily watch popular shows like "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" on the Internet, where videos found on official Comedy Central websites are embeddable so they can be played on other sites (such as The Huffington Post).

But Viacom continued to play hardball. As of Thursday, full episodes of the shows have been removed from the official "Daily Show" and "Colbert Report" websites, although individual clips of the episodes are still available.

The move is likely to upset viewers who do not subscribe to DirecTV, but who will still be unable to watch full episodes of their favorite shows due to the two corporations' feud. Presumably, the suspension will not be permanent, and episodes will resume streaming online when DirecTV and Viacom reach an agreement to reinstate Viacom programming.

Both "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" are on hiatus this week, but their official websites are running ads encouraging fans to call DirecTV to voice support of Viacom shows.

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Response to Dalai_1 (Original post)

Fri Jul 13, 2012, 11:47 AM

1. Great. Viacom (Sumner Redstone) fucked up CBS News, now it's messing with the Colbert/Daily Show

Really wracking up the left-of-center body count, Sumner.

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Fri Jul 13, 2012, 11:55 AM

2. To heck with both sides on this battle

And I have DirecTV (not by choice, but because my condo building bought it in bulk, and charge us $27 a month through HOA fees). I haven't missed the Viacom channels at all this past week. Daily Show seems to be on eternal hiatus anyway these days.

Both companies are scourges (as are the alternatives: especially Comcast, another option our building had but passed on.) May Viacom and DirecTV kill each other. I, for one, will sit down and read a book.

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