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Viacom putting The Daily Show online for Free

September 8, 2007

This is a great move for Viacom they are putting The Daily Show with Jon Stewart online for free.  I expect it will have many ads but it is a step in the right direction.  Viacom must realize that TV and the internet will one day be one.  It is too bad the Colbert Report isn’t being put on the internet, or on YouTube.  Viacom needs to partner with YouTube and provide access to their tv series as long as they get 50% of the profit YouTube makes on them.  Although Viacom has it’s own media player it is choked full of ads and it just can’t beat YouTube.  By putting shows on a quality site like YouTube it shows that they are trying to move on to the internet.

YouTube vs. Viacom: then come Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart

August 18, 2007

YouTube vs. Viacom: into the ring come Colbert and Stewart


By Joshua S. Hill

Thursday, August 16, 2007

It was only a matter of time before a big entertainment conglomerate attempted to bring their full weight down on the head of internet video giant YouTube, and it was Viacom – the company behind MTV,Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central – that has made the first move. With a twist though, as they have sided with The Football Association Premier League Ltd and indie music label Bourne Co.

Filed with the New York federal court, the suit alleges that YouTube is“…pursuing a deliberate strategy of engaging in, permitting, encouraging, and facilitating massive copyright infringement on the YouTube website”.

The aim of the suit is to draw Google in to a stranglehold where its ability to publish any content is severely restricted. Any further restrictions set upon the YouTube design will mean slower upload times, more checks along the way and less freedom for those who are actually providing decent content. In addition the suit hopes to acquire unspecified damages for past violations.

Thankfully though, Google has deep, deep pockets; really deep! And they’ve announced that they want to depose approximately 30 people, including well known and beloved comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. The two funny men, whose shows are broadcast over the Viacom network’s Comedy Central, are surprising additions to a list that includes Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone and CEO Philippe Dauman.

No doubt Viacom will be arguing shortly that the deposition of these two funny men is entirely irrelevant to the case, however pundits – including this humble reporter – disagree. In fact these two may very well be the lynch pin in a case that could very well change the face of the internet as we currently know it.

It is well known that both comedians are big fans of YouTube, with Stewart often showcasing funny clips found on the social networking video site on his own show, whereas Stephen Colbert has openly asked people to spread his work across the internet, using YouTube and other video sites. Why have they focused so much attention on this website? The answer is simple, because they understand where media is heading, and what needs to happen so that television stars like themselves can stay in business.

The issue is of course the fact that Viacom – along with many of the major industry heavies across the television, movie and music spectrum – are literally entirely clueless when it comes to the future. They are so wrapped up in the current way of doing things that they are unable to see what is happening outside of their bubble. They receive reports that their ratings are dropping, and that this “internet” thing is picking up speed – “as if it will last”.

Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart may never make it to an official setting, but they have already made themselves an intrinsic part of the debate that will no doubt be waged for several years to come. We can only sit back and hope that the noise we make from out here in the bleachers is heard all the way up in their tall towers.

A Geek’s-Geek from Melbourne, Australia, Josh is an aspiring author with dreams of publishing his epic fantasy, currently in the works, sometime in the next 5 years. A techie, nerd, sci-fi nut and bookworm, Josh can be found at for his personal blog, or for his writing blog.


The end of Youtube it was sued over copyright infringement

August 17, 2007

Could this be the end of YouTube?  Many greedy companies have started suing YouTube for copyright infringement.  Even soccer players and weather forecasters.   Viacom recently sent over 100,000 notifications for youtube to delete clips from shows that they produce.  Some of these shows are shows like the Daily Show, Colbert Report, VH1, and Nickelodeon.  What they may not realize is that these clips don’t take away viewers from their shows it only adds to the views.  If I watched a Stephen Colbert Clip on the internet and thought it was funny I would be more inclined to watch their next show at 11:30 pm on Comedy Central.  What Viacom needs to do is team up with youtube because Viacom’s website dosn’t have a very good video service.  Is this the end of YouTube?  No it is not.

Daily Show: Chinese Toys have lead in them it’s no big deal

August 17, 2007

As John Oliver one of the reporters on the daily show said very well, It doesn’t matter if you get a toy painted with lead only stupid kids open their toys it decreases the value. And anyway our westerner kid have to experience more. Right now while our kids are chewing on toys painted in lead, Chinese kids are busy working hard to paint these toys in lead.