Viacom Puts Full Daily Show & Colbert Report Episodes Back Online
by Chris Morran
For DirecTV subscribers, the ongoing Viacom blackout means it’s been nearly a week since they’ve been able to watch MTV, Comedy Central, Vh1, or Nickelodeon — at least without going to the neighbor’s house. In a move to win viewers over to its side of the battle, Viacom has decided that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to remove those full episodes of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report from the Comedy Central website.
Both shows were on hiatus last week when Viacom decided to temporarily block online viewers from watching the archives of full episodes. That decision had been made in response to DirecTV telling its complaining customers they could just watch the shows they were missing for free at the various Viacom-operated websites.
But with The Daily Show and Colbert Report both returning to the air last night, Viacom decided to put the shows back online.
We stick to our original assessment of this battle, namely that something no one is telling us is behind what’s going on. Any whistleblowers willing to take a step forward?