The Daily Show On Parent Company Viacom's Lawsuit Against YouTube... On YouTube

from the meta-meta dept

Well, here's one for Friday evening. On last night's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (which is owned by Viacom), Stewart and Demetri Martin discussed Viacom's lawsuit against Google/YouTube. It's an entertaining five minutes, where Martin wonders if you're watching him on YouTube right now -- so it didn't take long, of course, for that clip to show up on YouTube:

Of course, given the way Viacom has been trying to take down anything even remotely connected to Viacom, that video might not last long. Viacom has it available on its own site as well -- though, again, getting to it and getting the embed code was immensely more annoying that the YouTube version, costs Viacom bandwidth resources and also requires Viacom employees to put the video up themselves, rather than just letting fans do it for them -- but if that's what they want (also, we "raced" the two videos and the YouTube one seemed much faster, but that's another issue):

While the clip is amusing, the key point is that it seems clear that Stewart recognizes how Viacom's decision is doing more harm than good: "But to me, the situation is that there's a ton to gain for both companies. Viacom, they put their content on YouTube, it gets exposure, people know about their programming... it's a win for everybody in this situation." This, of course, echoes Stewart's own statements from a few years ago about how great it was that people were downloading and watching the show (pre-YouTube). Too bad Stewart's bosses don't listen to him on these things.

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    Sfranz, 10 Jun 2007 @ 5:40pm

    Viacom and You Tube

    The web has always been successful for just one thing - whatever is easiest to do, will grow and audience. Make it hard - and people who are interested will go somewhere else.

    I don't have cable. I haven't for several years - and in fact, didn't watch many TV programs at all (coming off a severe withdrawal from home improvement shows, as it happens) until the Daily Show appeared on the internet.

    I would be happy to watch it on Viacom's site - except the bloody thing never works right.

    After replacing my computer with a newer one with more memory and a better video card a few of the worst problems went away - but then again this week about every fifth video plays just the sound to a gray surreal background.

    I suppose I could close my eyes and picture what face Jon will pull next and take a wild guess at what painful pun the writers and designers worked into the background graphic - or I can just go to a site that works.

    The advertising is no big deal. The fact that Viacom's site is always buggy really is.


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