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Hulu Nabs South Park Past Episode Exclusive
by Karl Bode 07:49AM Monday Jul 14 2014
As content companies and broadband video operators increasingly sign exclusive deals, the availability of content gets increasingly fractured, making it confusing for consumers to know which service offers which content. Case in point is a new deal between Viacom and Hulu, which makes all episodes of the animated series South Park a Hulu Plus exclusive. "This is a natural partnership for us,” Parker and Stone said in a prepared statement. "We are excited that the entire library will be available on Hulu and that the best technology around will power South Park Digital Studios." Granted some argue that restricting availability to content by platform ultimately results in driving many users to piracy.

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RichNice

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Oh Well.

Still not switching from Netflix....

jseymour

join:2009-12-11
Waterford, MI

Piracy? Nah

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...some argue that restricting availability to content by platform ultimately results in driving many users to piracy.

*shrug* We simply do not watch it.

Don't subscribe to cable or satellite. As such: There are many programs we hear about, but never see. That is: Until and unless they come to Netflix or hit broadcast TV syndication. (Discovered Leverage was on the local Ion affiliate, lately.)

We had Hulu+ for a while. Judged it utterly worthless. Cancelled. Have no intention to re-sign. Certainly not for the likes of South Park.

Jim

SmilingBob

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Re: Piracy? Nah

said by jseymour:



We had Hulu+ for a while. Judged it utterly worthless. Cancelled.

Us as well. We were paying for Hulu+ but yet still had to suffer through commercials? And then they started showing even more commercials, yeah no thanks. OTA Antenna and Netflix + Amazon Prime is more than enough content for us, we'll never pay to watch commercials ever again, Cable, Satellite, Hulu or other.

gaforces
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Re: Piracy? Nah

Hulu's video platform is very intrusive on the commercials. It is very painful to watch.
Comcast is using it on their xfinity portal, so if you miss a show, you have to go through torture to watch it there.
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masterbinky

join:2011-01-06
Carlsbad, NM
I haven't given up hulu+ yet, but I'm getting close. I just detest paying to watch commercials so much it is making itself the less painful option compared to the household blowback from such a move.

Although it would be more expensive, it's certainly a better outcome if everyone just finds a better hobby to fill their time than watch tv.

That's how you shoot yourself in the foot media companies by the way. Make it easier to find something else to do than put up with stupid rules.

jseymour

join:2009-12-11
Waterford, MI

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Re: Piracy? Nah

said by masterbinky:

That's how you shoot yourself in the foot media companies by the way. Make it easier to find something else to do than put up with stupid rules.

They don't seem to get that. Their product is becoming less-and-less popular. In response: They do more of what is making it increasingly less popular.

Not that the content was ever exactly terrific, mind you, but they keep making the content worse-and-worse, and the commercials more-and-more annoying in frequency and duration. We now certainly watch more Netflix and PBS, combined, than we do commercial TV. By far. It's gotten to the point we actually considered doing without a DVR when Aereo was recently brought down. Don't need one for Netflix and PBS makes their content available via streaming. We bought one, anyway, but it was a close thing.

Even when we do watch commercial TV, these days, here's what occasionally happens: Commercial break. One of the annoying drug commercials comes on. "AUGH! Not that again!" Hit mute. (I swear by all that's holy I'm going to create an auto-mute that keys on the annoying Cialis advert music.) Go to browsing the web or playing games on tablets or whatever. Several minutes later... "Oh, the program's back on..."

Once-or-twice it was "Oh well, it wasn't that good, anyway" and we just left it muted and did something else.

Jim

chip89
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Re: Piracy? Nah

This is the most annyoying as ever & it used to come on all the time!

»m.youtube.com/watch?v=f_SwD7RveN ··· wD7RveNE

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said by jseymour:

We had Hulu+ for a while. Judged it utterly worthless. Cancelled. Have no intention to re-sign. Certainly not for the likes of South Park.


Can I get an AMEN! Hulu+ stinks.
rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO

Regulations?

Are there any regulations against a theater chain signing an exclusive deal to be the only screen in town that offers a first run movie? If not, will we soon see this kind of fragmentation too? If there are regulations, what's different about the digital distribution realm?
elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA

Re: Regulations?

Those agreements (not regulations) haven't been in place for decades.
Kinda sad.

That exclusivity made for first-class movie houses as destinations, not the tiny McScreeningRooms you find at multiplexes.
mist668

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Well its ok I guess but more to come

I have netflix and hulu with OTA. I have netflix for the large amount of content and hulu for the shows (south park) and the next day viewing from the ones we miss on OTA. I don't really mind this particular example but this just sets the gravy train of other networks partnering with other platforms to become "exclusive". Unless other platforms (amazon prime?) become significant enough I don't think this will be a too big of a deal right now.
openbox9
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Re: Well its ok I guess but more to come

This concept is not much different than having "channels" and "tiers" with traditional pay TV services. Exclusives tend to equate to big money, so I doubt they're going away anytime soon.
mist668

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Re: Well its ok I guess but more to come

Exactly and the argument that has been said over and over before of you will need product A to view this, product B for that, and product C for everything else. Add the nickel and dime charges for those products and you might as well just have pay TV
openbox9
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Re: Well its ok I guess but more to come

I'm sure that's partly the point. The other part is that the content owners aren't going to take hits to their top or bottom lines just because consumers want to "stream" content instead of flipping channels. They will get their money somehow.

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Re: Well its ok I guess but more to come

said by openbox9:

I'm sure that's partly the point. The other part is that the content owners aren't going to take hits to their top or bottom lines just because consumers want to "stream" content instead of flipping channels. They will get their money somehow.

True. Content is still calling the shots here. They have found a new way to keep the customers paying thru the nose for their shows.

jseymour

join:2009-12-11
Waterford, MI

Re: Well its ok I guess but more to come

said by Plus One :

True. Content is still calling the shots here. They have found a new way to keep the customers suckers paying thru the nose for their shows.

FIFY

Jim
me1212

join:2008-11-20
Pleasant Hill, MO

even southpark studios...

Just went to their website, it redirects to a new one and its been tanted by hulu... A sad day indeed.

w0g
o.O

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Springfield, OR

South Park

for those who didn't know, since 2008 all episodes were available for free from South Park's site. I used to tune in and watch episodes occasionally .. it worked well.

Um it hasn't kicked in yet but the site has moved to Hulu, the entire show is still free, but only until Sep 23 2014 over on South Park's new site, »southpark.cc.com/ .. after that only new episodes will be free for a period day after air, and then a selection of 30 classics.

Hulu Plus is said to be required for access to the previously free backlog of all episodes starting in Sep..

I think it sucks because I don't personally give a fuck about Hulu. Would rather keep it free, or move it over into Netflix, since I prefer that service..
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Re: South Park

Stuff it in the digital locker. I think Viacom is off it's rocker. If I recall over 100 cable providers ditched viacom channels because they wanted so much $$$.

Of course one of these guys needs to go to far, otherwise innovation will never be forced in this market. I mean cable TV is probably the least innovative platform in technology, and is becoming more irrelevant by the day.

Andy from CA
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Dude, this is pretty fucked up, Mmm kay. >:(

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to hulu haters

i have both netflix and hulu on my roku3 and when my first year expires on each, i would only renew hulu as it has current season network stuff and comedy central. i use netflix maybe a quarter as often as my hulu and during searches find amazon prime has what i want, not netflix, so IMHO the only reason to dislike hulu is their need to add commercials in order to keep the sub price competitive with netflix, but i'd rather have current value with commercial, then a ton of old junk without.
78036364

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Re: to hulu haters

Has Comedy Central yet lacking Tosh.0 and Key and Peele
puck0114

join:2005-12-24
Portland, OR

I tried HULU + a few years ago...

... but not only did they have annoying commercials, they told me I couldn't watch the Simpsons on my Roku, I had to watch in my web browser instead. No thanks, that's too jacked up to earn my dollars.

Flyonthewall

@206.248.154.x

Not leaving Netflix either

If I need to watch South Park I can buy the box set, I don't need to pay for Hulu too, and since I'm not a 'murican, I ain't allowed anyway. This is where those lines on the map start causing issues with the Net. Free enterprise should be free, not limited..or doesn't the land of the free understand what the word free means?
mogamer

join:2011-04-20
Royal Oak, MI

Re: Not leaving Netflix either

Blame the content providers for this mess. This isn't the fault of Netflix. Hulu, Amazon, etc.
waycoolphil

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Natural partnership?

"This is a natural partnership for us,” Parker and Stone said in a prepared statement.

The "natural" part is doing what Viacom tells them to do, naturally. They DO want to keep their show on CC (Viacom) right? Bet they didn't even write their prepared statement.

fiosultimate

join:2014-06-09
San Antonio, TX

free enterprise

Hulu,netflix,amazon are fighting over thes streaming future, it will be years before a winner is named, blockbuster didnt fold the day after netflix starting doing dvd by mail
zipjay

join:2003-03-11
South Williamson, KY

kinda pointless

You can watch all new episodes on southparkstudios.com it has commercials but hey no subscription at all required. They also include the original air dates which is nice.