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March 24, 2008 10:30 PM   Subscribe

Do you love South Park but you wish you could watch all the episodes on your own time? Uncensored? Without waiting for (or paying for) the DVDs? If so, South Park Studios just answered your prayers. Since the Daily Show recently did the same thing - is Comedy Central making big waves, or big mistakes?

The Press Release
A Recent Interview w/the AV Club
Gizmodo Review of the new site
A few related news links and history from GlobeAndMail
posted by revmitcz (47 comments total) 29 users marked this as a favorite

 
With this & hulu, I'm beginning to like this future.
posted by tachikaze at 10:41 PM on March 24, 2008


I think their smart. Their audience is young and more likely to just download it illegally anyway. This way they control it and make money off the ads. Everybody's happy.
posted by whoaali at 10:44 PM on March 24, 2008


Me, I crap their smart.
posted by fleacircus at 10:46 PM on March 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


ah, doesn't play on iPhones cuz it's Flash. Apple's anti-Flash strategy begins to make corporate sense I guess.
posted by tachikaze at 10:47 PM on March 24, 2008


Actually, Matt and Tray have never gone after people who pirated their work online. Even when the show first started you could download .RM files of the show online.

So posting the show on their own site doesn't really upset the status quo too much.
posted by delmoi at 10:48 PM on March 24, 2008


Load up on your Dilantin, as the Britney Spears episode is full of potentially seizure-inducing flashbulb scenes.

This is great for those of us without a TV. *haughty sniff*
posted by Tube at 10:49 PM on March 24, 2008


I've got a love-hate relationship with that Daily Show site. It's great being able to revisit (and link to) classic moments, but there are still a handful of really funny clips that they simply don't have. Like, the entire episode is missing from the timeline. Which is frustrating when they advertise themselves as having every Daily Show clip evar.

Also, I wish it were possible to download the clips. I've still got a stash of choice skits from before the Great YouTube Crackdown on my iPod, but it would be nice to expand on it. Unfortunately the site seems to be designed to make it really tough to do so...
posted by Rhaomi at 10:53 PM on March 24, 2008


"Load up on your Dilantin, as the Britney Spears episode is full of potentially seizure-inducing flashbulb scenes. "

That Britney Spears episode was the most brutal, vicious piece of satire I've seen on TV since Colbert's Correspondent's Dinner take-down... but instead of attacking a supplicant media and an evil, corrupt government, it was aimed straight at all of us. I thought it was amazing.

Excuse me now while I go click on egotastic.com and thesuperficial.com in preparation for next year's harvest.
posted by Auden at 11:04 PM on March 24, 2008 [3 favorites]


Jesus fuck what the fuck is wrong with trey parker and matt stone.. goddamn that britney episode is fucked.
posted by empath at 11:09 PM on March 24, 2008


I've been using mrtwig.net for torrents for ages... I'm less inclined to use something that requires a big heavy old Flash browser interface when I can just download a 35 MB Real Media file. But I do appreciate the sentiment.
posted by loiseau at 11:10 PM on March 24, 2008


PS. It doesn't work in Canada anyway. But The Comedy Network has it covered here.
posted by loiseau at 11:13 PM on March 24, 2008


Yeah, the whole "fuck you Canada you can't watch" that almost all of these sites (hello, Adult Swim, I'm talking to you) is starting to annoy the hell out of me.

WORLD WIDE web, mofos, WORLD WIDE.

In other words, I'll comment on this once I can actually see it. Until then, I vent.
posted by Salmonberry at 11:30 PM on March 24, 2008 [4 favorites]


Wow. I was just tuning in one last time to metafilter before deciding which South Park episode to torrent as I went to sleep. This post couldn't have been better timed unless it showed up at this same time every night!
posted by Navelgazer at 11:47 PM on March 24, 2008


And yes, that Britney episode was disturbing beyond belief, but brilliant and unfilnching in what it was doing. Kudos.
posted by Navelgazer at 11:52 PM on March 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


WORLD WIDE web, mofos, WORLD WIDE.

well, I'm in england and I'm not supposed to watch it.
but that doesn't mean I can't.

you're welcome.
posted by krautland at 12:11 AM on March 25, 2008 [7 favorites]


To anyone looking to download the episodes, you might wanna try things listed on this site. They mention a windows program (can be run under WINE w/Ubuntu, et al. as well however). From there, you'd have an FLV file.

If you're an OS X user, there's Perian which can open FLV files (and I'm sure there's something similar for Windows). It should be pretty straightforward to go ahead and convert an FLV file to something iTunes-savvy for your iPod/iPhone. One program that comes to mind would be handbrake, but again there's likely a few 100 more options.

Yeah, it's a rather roundabout way to go, but it might be easier than hoping an old torrent of SP episodes has enough seeders to get you the episode(s) you're after.
posted by revmitcz at 12:49 AM on March 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


Horray ! Now do it with BBC for the rest of the world !
posted by elpapacito at 2:22 AM on March 25, 2008


I love being able to watch all the episodes my own problem is that it doesn't go full screen in Firefox. I just wish they would list their old movies online too.
posted by lilkeith07 at 2:38 AM on March 25, 2008


Yeah. That Britney Spears episode was... yeah. It was some of the sharpest satire I have ever seen on television, but only to a point. The dénouement, the "human sacrifice for the harvest" thing, seemed like kind of a cop out. That said, it was certainly memorable.
posted by psmealey at 3:55 AM on March 25, 2008


Actually, Matt and Tray have never gone after people who pirated their work online.

Matt and Trey don't own the show, so they wouldn't be in charge of doing that anyway. Comedy Central certainly did go after sites that were hosting episodes, especially once DVD sales started.

This is definitely profitable for them, though, since they are the producers and therefore are likely getting a boatload from percentages of the revenue stream. I hope they prove the model works so the rest of the industry no longer has an excuse to stiff their writers over it.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 5:04 AM on March 25, 2008


What the F!? Sorry Canada? This is BS, I'm going back to All SP.

oh fer f sake.. they're changing hosts.

I want to watch south park damnit!
posted by sunshinesky at 5:14 AM on March 25, 2008


Big surprise, doesn't work in Canada. I fucking hate being in Canada whenever I try to watch a full episode of something. CTV's website is supposed to display full length videos of Sarah Connor Chronicles, 30 Rock, etc... but none of the videos in their player seem to work. I don't think it's my computer because I've tried multiple systems on different internet connections... so unless one of you guys is able to get video off CTV I think our country should be embarassed about the state of our web as a second releasing ground for televised content.
posted by autodidact at 6:28 AM on March 25, 2008


This is great for those of us without a TV. *haughty sniff*
posted by Tube at 1:49 AM on March 25 [+] [!]


Eponysterical?

In other news, this is just a few days late for me, as it seems my daughter got a malware infection on my PC Friday while finding South Park episodes to download. Oh well. I guess the next one will have to come from an anime site instead.
posted by notashroom at 6:42 AM on March 25, 2008


Man, this is quite awesome. From the few minutes I watched this morning, the quality is pretty damn acceptable, and I'm more than willing to deal with an ad or two. Fairly unobtrusive, so not a big deal.
posted by booticon at 6:49 AM on March 25, 2008


In that AV Club interview, Stone mentions a site where you can read complaints to the FCC about certain TV shows. It's GovernmentAttic.org (scroll near the bottom for the TV shows), and lemme tell you, those pdfs are a goldmine of stupid.
posted by mediareport at 7:02 AM on March 25, 2008 [2 favorites]


Well, if you Canadians hadn't bombed the Baldwins, you'd be getting your episodes now, wouldn't you?
posted by stevis23 at 7:14 AM on March 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


Grrrr.
posted by flabdablet at 8:05 AM on March 25, 2008


The Entertainment Industry: Providing the worst alternative to piracy since 1984.
posted by blue_beetle at 8:08 AM on March 25, 2008


Oh well...Showcase blocks their full episode Trailer Park Boys streams from Canada to the USA, so I guess it evens out.

There are always torrents though (and Mr Twig for South Park, as mentioned above; I've used that one for years)
posted by First Post at 8:19 AM on March 25, 2008


mediareport writes "In that AV Club interview, Stone mentions a site where you can read complaints to the FCC about certain TV shows. It's GovernmentAttic.org (scroll near the bottom for the TV shows), and lemme tell you, those pdfs are a goldmine of stupid."

Oh, man, this stuff is too good:

Complaint Summary:
Homer was asking Marge, his wife, why they took in this really annoying older mooch named Gil. She responded nicely saying, "Christian charity, I guess."; And Homer whined and yelled back, "What does a porn star have to do with anything?!!?"; Extremely offensive to Christians, disgusting actually. combining the two complete opposite worlds in one sentence. I am appalled by that show anyway, but now I'm even more anti-Simpsons.
posted by krinklyfig at 8:25 AM on March 25, 2008


This is great for those of us without a TV. *haughty sniff*
posted by Tube at 1:49 AM on March 25


Because a television receiving high frequency signals encoding an NTSC video broadcast is so much different from a computer with a display screen receiving high frequency signals encoding an .flv video stream.

I hate to break it to you, but you do own a TV.
posted by Pastabagel at 8:41 AM on March 25, 2008


Big surprise, doesn't work in Canada.

What did you expect? Scott's a dick, Saddam's the Prime Minister, and Terrance & Philip's movie started a war that killed, like, 400,000,000,000 people. I also don't believe Canada has apologized for Bryan Adams.
posted by WolfDaddy at 8:55 AM on March 25, 2008


Wow, those South Park complaints are priceless. It is a classic example of
the indecent bleeding heart liberals pushing the envelope on the first ammendment.
Testify!
posted by everichon at 8:56 AM on March 25, 2008


Weird. I'm in Japan and I don't have any problems.
But yeah, I hate on adultswim for blocking me.
posted by GoingToShopping at 9:07 AM on March 25, 2008


Those FCC complaints are awful, in the archaic sense of the word! One led directly to me immediately watching the Woodland Critter Christmas episode, which probably wouldn't have happened if I hadn't learned about right at the same time all of them were put up for free. Sometimes the universe aligns just so.
posted by Drastic at 9:35 AM on March 25, 2008


Hell, I'm in the US, and it's not loading the full episodes in IE or FF. I'm getting clips, but when it launches the full episode player, it just hangs.
posted by middleclasstool at 9:42 AM on March 25, 2008


MCT, If you have Adblock (Reg or Plus) and/or use a HOSTS file to knock out ad servers, that could be the reason your player is just hanging. I get that all the time when I try to see a video on some TV station website that then tries to fire up a FLV from doubleclick.net before playing their actual video.

The only sure way to get into these is to open up to all ads temporarily (I have a blank hosts file I can rename and then just turn off ABP for such occasions).
posted by chimaera at 10:38 AM on March 25, 2008


Ah, thanks, I had modified HOSTS to block that damn graphic ad on the front page that kept randomly loading. I'll give it a shot.
posted by middleclasstool at 11:03 AM on March 25, 2008


If those don't work in some parts of the world try south park zone which I always use. I have no idea if it will work for you or not, but worth a try.
posted by ciderwoman at 12:51 PM on March 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


Because a television receiving high frequency signals encoding an NTSC video broadcast is so much different from a computer with a display screen receiving high frequency signals encoding an .flv video stream.

I hate to break it to you, but you do own a TV.


Thank you. Upon careful examination, I also appear to have before me both a typewriter and a rather complex adding machine. Today has been a bountiful day!
posted by Tube at 12:55 PM on March 25, 2008 [6 favorites]


The country-specific "Sorry" pages are actually pretty funny, at least for those of us in the Commonwealth of Nations.

Sorry Canada
Sorry England
Sorry Australia
Sorry New Zealand

I got these by guessing. Anyone find any others?
posted by bicyclefish at 3:10 PM on March 25, 2008


The FCC complaint pages are pure entertainment.

During south park, a character became ashamed of the lengths that he had to go to retrieve $10 from a character. The character proceeds to tell a group of characters that they were going to teach a pony to bite the penis off a before mentioned character. While teaching the pony to "bite his wenier off"it started to lick and perform felatio. This is an act of bestiality and should never be shown. You may expect something like this on HBO, Showtime, etc. but not on the comedy channel.


[sic]

This raises so many questions. For instance, when the hell on HBO, Showtime, etc. may one "expect something like" bestiality? Secondly, does it really count as bestiality when it's the donkey licking a hot dog pinned to a scarecrow? Thirdly, in this episode, "Scott Tenorman Must Die," was the really the thing that offended you? I mean this episode involves Cartman buying pubic hair from a ninth-grader, Cartman gluing said pubic hair to his face at one point, a dozen peeping toms who can't stop masturbating in the bushes, and oh yeah [spoiler alert] at the end, Cartman arranges the deaths of Scott's parents and then tricks him into eating them. But yeah, a donkey licking a hot dog is the thing to get upset about there.
posted by Navelgazer at 4:00 PM on March 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


"SORRY CANADA" ? WTF?!

Oh well.

At least it's on YT.

Er.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 7:18 PM on March 25, 2008


bicyclefish: I just tried

while read cc country; do ucc=$(echo $cc | tr a-z A-Z); wget http://www.southparkstudios.com/episodes/notavailable/sorry_${ucc}01.jpg; done <countries

and it looks to me like the ones you've already found are the only ones. Which is no more of a disappointment than I've come to expect from this poor excuse for a world wide website. Grrr.
posted by flabdablet at 8:52 PM on March 25, 2008


Well, there we go. They are inserting ads wherever they can now. Who could have expected it? Gone is the unfettered fun.
posted by Laotic at 2:49 AM on March 30, 2008


If those don't work in some parts of the world try south park zone which I always use.

hey ciderwoman?
I love you.
posted by krautland at 9:19 AM on March 30, 2008


Yeah. That Britney Spears episode was... yeah. It was some of the sharpest satire I have ever seen on television, but only to a point.

Life imitates South Park.
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