South Park Puts All Episodes Online Free

By Richard Menta 3/25/08

It's official. The creators of South Park have decided to place every episode of the popular series in full online. Better yet, rather than sell the episodes in some iTunes-like arrangement, South Park is now available for free. Revenue from the South Park episodes will be generated from advertising and split 50/50 between Comedy Central and South Park visionaries Matt Stone & Trey Parker.

South Park episodes have been online trading for years and clips from the show are very popular on YouTube, sparking a lawsuit between that company and Comedy Central parent Viacom. I remember fans of the show were posting first season episodes online back in 1998, which is how I got to watch them at a time when I didn't have Comedy Central among my available cable TV channels. With all their content already out there Stone, Parker and Viacom realized offering South Park episodes online directly is a low risk proposition. They might as well draw some ad revenue from it.

Maybe NBC's just launched Hulu site will follow the South Park lead and place the full run of episodes of the shows on their site rather than three or four episodes of one season and a bunch of two-minute clips like they did with programs like "My name is Earl".

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