So, this is very interesting. Remember how last week we told you that Viacom was pulling episodes of some its most popular TV shows off the web, presumably to help speed along its intense fee negotiations with DirectTV? Well, both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have returned to the web following some comments that Jon Stewart made last night on the air.
“Viacom and DirecTV, what are you doing here?” he asked in this segment. “You got ad campaigns blaming each other for taking the shows away, telling people to ‘rise up and demand it’ like some kind of basic cable Arab Spring. I’ve got news for you: It’s not. None of this matters. None of this is indispensable.” Pretty ballsy to publicly blast your own parent company like that, right?
According to The Wrap, Viacom says that the videos went back up today because both shows had just returned from a two-week summer hiatus — not because of Stewart’s remarks. Sure. While we’re not buying that for one second, we are happy that we can go back to watching two of our favorites for free online again. How about you?