• Viacom and DirecTV strike a deal, though DirecTV still seems a bit annoyed

    Dear, DirecTV subscribers: You no longer need to switch cable providers to watch your favorite Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon shows. Today Viacom and DirecTV made peace and struck a deal. You may remember the two companies have been fighting over how much DirecTV would pay Viacom for their channels. Before today’s deal, Viacom received about $500 million in payment from DirecTV. The cable provider spends around $10 billion a

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    Viacom drops Daily Show, Colbert Report from online viewing due to DirecTV dispute

    Maybe a lot of viewers weren’t too upset to learn this week that DirecTV had dropped Viacom networks — including Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and VH1 — because our favorite shows were still available online. But now that has changed. As the battle over increased fees escalates, Viacom’s latest move was to cut Internet access to streaming episodes of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, and several

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    DirectTV subscribers have lost Comedy Central

    As a result of the absence of a deal between DirecTV and Viacom, DirecTV subscribers will no longer have access to Comedy Central among its sibling major networks, Nickelodeon, MTV and VH1. Both sides blamed each other but it’s doubtful anyone outside the two companies cares who is at fault. Subscribers just want to watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Tosh.0 in peace. In case you care about

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    Stephen Colbert wins in Washington; allowed to raise unlimited funds for 2012 elections

    Stephen Colbert is no stranger to entering the political fray. He ran for president four years ago (well, only in South Carolina, but who’s counting?), he testified before the House Committee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Security following working with migrant workers in New York and he headed up a really kic-kass rally in Washington DC with Jon Stewart. Starting today, though, Colbert’s plate will be a little more full.

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    Comedy Central’s parent Viacom loses three-year old lawsuit against YouTube

    Back in March we wrote about the lawsuit between Viacom (Comedy Central’s parent company) and YouTube over video copyright infringement. Today, though, Viacom’s $1 billion suit was dismissed. The courts declared YouTube is protected under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) against claims of copyright infringement. In short, Viacom alleged YouTube did nothing to protect unlawful videos of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report and others being

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