by Karl Bode 12:22PM Wednesday Sep 04 2013 Tipped by resa1983
Some of you might recall this rather awesome ad (some NSFW language) that made the rounds this past Spring purporting to be the "first honest cable commercial." In the film, a fake cable industry representative (Nick Smith) promises poor service, underwhelming broadband speeds, and a "plethora of hidden fees," before educating viewers on the finer points of what being an oligopoly really means.
The film by Extremely Decent Films struck a nerve, and quickly netted millions of Internet views.
While the film is pretty clearly aimed at American cable companies (see the 0:24 mark), users in our forums and over at Reddit recently noted that the film has been banned in Canada.
Users trying to view the original video in Canada are greeted with a warning telling them that YouTube has pulled the video due to a defamation complaint from an unknown source. Re-uploads of the original video have yet to be similarly censored yet.
It's unclear who in Canada would file a defamation complaint (or why YouTube would listen) given this is a United States parody criticizing United States cable companies, none of which are specifically named. Still, Canadian defamation laws can be rather loose, and the video obviously hit too close to home for somebody.
It is completely ridiculous that it was blocked. Anyone that isn't a complete idiot knows about the games these companies play and how poorly consumers are treated, but it is relatively easy for them to get away with it when there is little to no competition.
2013-Sep-4 2:11 pm: ·
resa1983 Premium join:2008-03-10 North York, ON kudos:9
Reupload comments hilarious
Pops up blocked due to defamation on Teksavvy Cable, Bell DSL, and Wind Mobile.
The reuploaded video's comments from Canada tel-co customers are hilarious:
Bell was banned by MTS for 10 years. just recently that contract has run out so bell is back in business in Manitoba. MTS is making it very difficult for Bell to bounce off there cell towers lol. my family changed there cell phones over to Bell.. BIG MISTAKE! lol dropped call after dropped call, right in the city, no service on the outskirts or country side at all. I am going to stick with MTS until I can see something better come along. Rogers and Telus also crap non-existent service on the outskirts of the city or out of town. so for you to say that Bell and Rogers are the two main big honchos. they sure don't show it! with there crap service.