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South Park to stream on Netflix (a.k.a. Matt and Trey are geniuses)

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 2nd 2009 1:02PM
South ParkThe New York Times is reporting that Matt Stone and Trey Parker will be streaming the first nine seasons of South Park on Netflix. However, the factoid I found the most interesting was that they "retained non-television rights to the show as part of their original deal with the cable channel".

I often praise Matt and Trey and believe that under their guidance they produce one of the most witty, insightful and subversive shows on television. The fact that they had the foresight to retain non-television rights to their show in an era when television is becoming less important as a medium in our daily lives is outright brilliant.

I'm reminded of Microsoft's original deal with IBM where they retained the rights to the code and IBM would only "lease" it. The Internet became a phenomenon around 1995. South Park started in 1997. Obviously, the creators saw where things were heading, planned accordingly and are now reaping the rewards.

[via TV Week]

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Phil

Nothing like having good lawyers!

March 03 2009 at 9:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ManekiNeko

Wow, shrewd. Bet Sumner Redstone didn't realize how badly he would get screwed in THAT deal!

March 03 2009 at 2:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vito

I guess they want some of that internet moneh.

March 02 2009 at 8:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nancyofthepants

when the new (and current) southparkstudios.com site launched, the episodes used to be available the day after the original airdate. starting this past season we have to wait about 3-4 weeks, which is a total bummer. but what makes it forgivable is on the site they specifically say something like 'our lawyers make us wait 3-4 weeks, too bad!'

March 02 2009 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Randy

Full-length episodes for all 12 seasons are available here:

http://www.southparkstudios.com/episodes/

March 02 2009 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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RJ

And legal!

March 02 2009 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Technomania

But Randy those are ad-based episodes.
South Park on Netflix Instant movies will be ad-free and in HQ

March 02 2009 at 10:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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