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Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

samzenpus posted about a month ago | from the you've-sold-Kenny! dept.

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First time accepted submitter gunner_von_diamond writes with news about a deal between the creators of South Park and Hulu. If you're a fan of South Park, you better be a fan of Hulu as well. Specifically, Hulu Plus. The creators of the funny, foul-mouthed animated TV show have signed a deal with the online streaming service. Valued at more than $80 million, the three-year deal grants Hulu exclusive rights to stream the 240+ episode back catalog of South Park in addition to all new episodes (as soon as they've aired on Comedy Central). "This is a natural partnership for us. We are excited that the entire library will be available on Hulu and that the best technology around will power South Park Digital Studios," said creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, in a statement.

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Dear Trey Parker and Matt Stone (5, Funny)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a month ago | (#47450993)

What about Canada, you uncle fuckers?

Re:Dear Trey Parker and Matt Stone (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47451039)

What about Canada, you uncle fuckers?

I'm simply happy someone out there is giving Netflix some fucking competition already.

I was getting rather sick and tired of the Internet slowly being divided into two forms of traffic: Netflix and everything else. Hell, even porn was getting jealous.

Re:Dear Trey Parker and Matt Stone (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a month ago | (#47451193)

AFAIK Hulu isn't giving Netflix any competition outside of the U.S.A.

Re:Dear Trey Parker and Matt Stone (1)

Travis Mansbridge (830557) | about a month ago | (#47451213)

Yeah, it's not like Murdoch would ever pull a Hearst and get people attracted to his media outlets just so he can spew falsities to advance his political agenda.

Oh wait...

Re:Dear Trey Parker and Matt Stone (5, Insightful)

Chas (5144) | about a month ago | (#47451735)

Yeah. But it's Hulu.

Sorry, but Hulu's add-supported format sucks so hard you're expecting it to eat a bird and explode like a jet engine.
And any sub fees for Hulu Plus don't make those stupid, repetitive ads go away or decrease in frequency. You're just paying for access to more ad-infested content.

If that's competition, I'll stick with Amazon Prime and Netflix.

Re:Dear Trey Parker and Matt Stone (1)

JDeane (1402533) | about a month ago | (#47453381)

If only I had mod points....

Yeah I tried out all three of the services.

Netflix is wining because it's the best for the amount of content and it works on everything down to the Wii.

Amazon has newer content than Netflix but overall has less content. So to me getting Netflix and Amazon is a good fit they compliment each other.

Hulu.... When I was able to get it working...(PC,PS3,Wii-U,Wii,Android.) Technical difficulties aside, too many commercials, too much weird "content" IE previews of shows they don't actually have. I can watch trailers on Youtube for free thanks.... The content they did actually have was so uninteresting that the hurdles of getting it to actually stream just made the whole experience seem pretty insulting.

Maybe it's better now? But I can't see it improving that much in less than a year's time.

Re:Dear Trey Parker and Matt Stone (4, Insightful)

thevirtualcat (1071504) | about a month ago | (#47451067)

You could put this comment on any other article and it would be (-1, Troll) instead of (5, Funny.)

Thanks, South Park!

Re:Dear Trey Parker and Matt Stone (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | about a month ago | (#47451395)

It's also informative, since technically Canada isn't supposed to get Hulu Plus (though it's not too hard to get around that limitation).

Re:Dear Trey Parker and Matt Stone (1)

Mashiki (184564) | about a month ago | (#47452171)

We also get another version of Netflix the majority of which is shit tier compared to the US. Though that's also trivial to get around.

Re: Dear Trey Parker and Matt Stone (1)

jxander (2605655) | about a month ago | (#47451275)

It's not even a real country, anyway.

Re: Dear Trey Parker and Matt Stone (1)

ChipMonk (711367) | about a month ago | (#47451373)

But it's still Canada's fault.

Re:Dear Trey Parker and Matt Stone (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47452679)

When Hulu started streaming South Park, SouthParkStudios.com started delaying episodes. I had Hulu Plus and cancelled it because of it. So Hulu Plus lost me as a customer and I stopped watching South Park.

Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47450995)

They would have had my money through Amazon Instant Video.

Re:Why? (1)

alexander_686 (957440) | about a month ago | (#47451147)

Which is why Hulu paid a premium for the exclusive.

Re:Why? (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about a month ago | (#47451307)

All you can really do is boycott Hulu in protest.

Re:Why? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47451383)

...or we can all get in a pile and have gay sex.

Re:Why? (2)

jedidiah (1196) | about a month ago | (#47451725)

...too late. I already avoid Hulu because commercials are something that belong back in the 50s with embedded sponsor testimonials.

Tivo liberated me from commercials in the 90s.

Not going back.

Re:Why? (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about a month ago | (#47451963)

Honestly, I don't use Hulu either. And I just have to hope this results in a net loss for South Park, so others don't follow suit.

Re:Why? (1)

kwbauer (1677400) | about a month ago | (#47453565)

Net loss for South Park? They already got their $80 million and that was all pure profit as they were already well in the black just from airing on Comedy Central. But I don't really expect even a D grde level of economics from most /. posters.

Re:Why? (4, Informative)

NotDrWho (3543773) | about a month ago | (#47451211)

Yeah, but Amazon and Netflix don't give you the privilege of watching several minutes of unskippable commercials for your $8/month. It's a bonus you only get with Hulu!

Re:Why? (3, Informative)

sumdumass (711423) | about a month ago | (#47451323)

I'm not sure why they had your money at all. IT was free at southparkstudios.com .

It's like saying, don't bother with the free content, I want to pay for everything so go ahead and start charging.

I guess I will have to start watching from torrents again

Re:Why? (1, Informative)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about a month ago | (#47451681)

I guess I will have to start watching from torrents again

Is it even worth bothering at this point? I can't think of the last time South Park was really clever.

There's better stuff to watch on Netflix.

Re:Why? (1)

turp182 (1020263) | about a month ago | (#47451913)

Imagination Land and the recent Black Friday trilogy were good.

But Key and Peele are where it is at with regards to Comedy Central lately.

Re:Why? (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about a month ago | (#47452899)

Cartman riding Cthulu was clever.

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47453379)

There were a few half decent episodes over the last few seasons, but the Black Friday trilogy certainly wasn't among them.

And Key and Peele? Ugh.

Good for them (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47451003)

they finally sold out. At least it took almost 20 years.

Re:Good for them (3, Insightful)

maliqua (1316471) | about a month ago | (#47451057)

define sold out, they're fairly wealthy, adding another distribution channel isn't really selling out, its reaching a wider audience, they sell out when they start censoring themselves.

Re:Good for them (1)

aitikin (909209) | about a month ago | (#47451125)

define sold out, they're fairly wealthy, adding another distribution channel isn't really selling out...

No, but taking away distribution channels for money is. You could, as of last check, watch all the episodes online on southparkstudios.com. Now you will only have select episodes and new episodes. That sounds like selling out to me.

Re:Good for them (1)

kwbauer (1677400) | about a month ago | (#47453575)

I like a different definition of "selling out" that I came across recently. Selling out is when an artist decides to make money instead of starving. By that definition, they sold out pretty much from day one.

Re:Good for them (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47451141)

This is not merely "adding another distribution channel", this is changing their distribution channel from one that was free (if you don't consider watching ads to be payment) to one which costs money.

Re:Good for them (2)

Pretzalzz (577309) | about a month ago | (#47451585)

Hulu doesn't cost money other than watching the ads which were on southparkstudios.com as well. All the episodes right now are on regular Hulu. You don't need Hulu Plus.

Re:Good for them (2)

egranlund (1827406) | about a month ago | (#47452209)

From http://variety.com/2014/digita... [variety.com] :

Starting Saturday, July 12, the entire “South Park” library — 244 episodes in all — will be available for free on Hulu, and will continue to be free on SouthPark.cc.com (the address that is replacing SouthParkStudios.com) until Sept. 24. At that point, both Hulu and SouthPark.cc.com will have day-after-air access to new episodes from season 18. In addition, each of the sites will offer a revolving selection of 30 free episodes at any given time.

It sounds like they will not require Hulu plus until Sept 24, after that you will only get a "revolving selection of 30 free episodes" if you are not a member of Hulu Plus.

----

It's a shame really. I refuse to pay for Hulu Plus because of the obnoxious ads. I don't have cable for a reason, and that reason is I have a problem paying monthly for something and still being bombarded by advertisements.

For me I'll probably just stop watching South Park. Not that I would really watch it with any regularity, but it was nice to every once and a while pop over to their site and watch it free (but ad supported).

Re:Good for them (1)

TheNastyInThePasty (2382648) | about a month ago | (#47451167)

Re:Good for them (1)

OverlordQ (264228) | about a month ago | (#47451171)

adding another distribution channel isn't really selling out

They're not. They're removing. You used to be able to watch the back catalog on SPS whenever you wanted. Now you just get a limited rotating selection.

Re:Good for them (1)

rogoshen1 (2922505) | about a month ago | (#47451233)

Is this possibly why the 'south park channel' on Plex suddenly stopped working? :(

Re:Good for them (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47451135)

I clicked on the comments section to see who'll be the first to write that they "sold out". Good for you.
And good for them.
And good for hulu.
FFS it still airs in CC so good for us too!!

Re:Good for them (1)

EuclideanSilence (1968630) | about a month ago | (#47452865)

they finally sold out.

You seem to be thinking that Trey Parker and Matt Stone had a cause. Or maybe that selling SP to HULU just to piss you off is somehow out of character for them. Haha. If a hooker offered them blowjobs for the rights to SP I wouldn't be surprised if they took the deal laughing.

Re:Good for them (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47453067)

Their definition of "selling out" would be to creatively compromise the content of their show, which is not what they're doing here. If you wanted to say that they "sold out" because they let a big corporation make money off of their work, or made a lot of money off of their work themselves, you'd have to travel back in time to 1997 when they let Comedy Central have full merchandising and toy rights for their characters. This Hulu deal? This is *nothing* compared to the piles and piles of shitty, horrible merchandise, toys, and video games associated with the property.

Obligatory South Park Quote (4, Funny)

tysonedwards (969693) | about a month ago | (#47451005)

Mr. Garrison: What do you think, Mr. Marsh? You ready to put a down payment on that baby?
Randy Marsh: Well yeah, but I just had one question about how it works. Well, it seems all the buttons on these front and rear flexi-grips are also found on the side of the vehicle.
Mr. Garrison: Yep.
Randy Marsh: So, they don't really do anything.
Mr. Garrison: Right.
Randy Marsh: So then, couldn't I just order one that works without going in and out of my ass and mouth?
Mr. Garrison: [pause] ... Well, I guess you could.
Customers: Huh? What's that? What'd he say?

So... they give us Hulu...

sweet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47451007)

Super sweet

Hulu sucks balls (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47451019)

They should have said "Hulu sucks balls, but they will pay the most" instead of this PR b.s.

only in the US (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47451025)

I just tested the dutch version and it doesn't seem to be going through hulu.

Sacreligious Spew (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47451033)

South Park used to be funny until they started taking the jokes out on God, in my opinion.

Re:Sacreligious Spew (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47451081)

QQ

Re:Sacreligious Spew (3, Insightful)

mythosaz (572040) | about a month ago | (#47451247)

You mean, in the pilot?

Re:Sacreligious Spew (2)

NotDrWho (3543773) | about a month ago | (#47451253)

God started it, when he made Miley Cyrus rich and famous.

Re:Sacreligious Spew (2)

HornWumpus (783565) | about a month ago | (#47451273)

So they were funny up until the pilot?

Granting the was only Jesus vs. Santa wrasling.

You Know Who Else Has Rights to South Park? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47451035)

Bittorrent. And PopcornTime. And every other filesharing network and file host on the entire planet.

Keep walling those gardens. It's all wasted effort. The walls are transparent when the garden is digital.

Well, how about that? (2)

azav (469988) | about a month ago | (#47451043)

Screw you guys. I'm going home!

Used to be available for free on their site (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47451051)

Yohoho and a bottle of rum!

Not worth it (4, Informative)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about a month ago | (#47451087)

I tried Hulu Plus for a couple months, but it's just ridiculous. We were forced to watch the same unskippable commercials as we'd seen in the free version, and every week I subscribed it seemed like either the individual commercial breaks got longer or the number of breaks increased (and perhaps both). If I wanted to scroll back to re-view some critical part of the show, and that part happened just before a commercial - I get to watch the commercials AGAIN. And there wasn't anything I wanted to watch that was on Hulu Plus but not on regular Hulu! So basically they wanted me to pay their subscription fee just to remove the artificial restriction that prevents non-Plus subscribers from watching Hulu on devices other than their computer.

So if you haven't experienced it, here's the executive summary: The Hulu Plus experience is pretty much exactly what you'd expect, given the company was the brainchild of a couple broadcast networks.

I don't care what exclusives they get - I will never subscribe to Hulu Plus again.

Re:Not worth it (5, Informative)

FictionPimp (712802) | about a month ago | (#47451115)

That was my basic opinion of it as well. I'm not paying money to watch commercials, especially when I can watch amazon or netflix without commercials.

Re:Not worth it (1)

Vitriol+Angst (458300) | about a month ago | (#47452893)

Some people like cereal that tastes like bran, because they NEED to taste the punishment it requires to be healthy and nut just eat a salad or a pine cone.

If I can't see a Progressive commercial 20 times in one Hulu show, I don't feel like I've earned the movie. I might as well turn off the computer and take a walk.

Re:Not worth it (1)

nwf (25607) | about a month ago | (#47451133)

They noted "This is a natural partnership for us" and I was thinking, "what, the Hulu executives are a bunch of foul-mouthed caricatures?" As you noted, they are the brainchild of broadcast networks, so perhaps, yes. I think the characters on South Park may have demonstrated more business savvy than these executives, though.

But, same deal here, I'll never pay for Hulu anything. If Netflix doesn't offer it or I can't otherwise find it, I just don't need to watch it.

Tried It With South Park, Definitely Not Worth It (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47451151)

I just tried to watch South Park yesterday thru Hulu (actually on southparkstudios.com but it is now branded by "Powered By Hulu!" everywhere, yuck). But hey I tried it. The video glitched several times and kept crashing flash player (never happened before!). It also showed like 4 commercial breaks per episode, each one about 70-90 seconds long. I don't ever remember it being that long. It's like network TV, which is what I tried to avoid by watching online. Why don't managment/whoever ever understand this?!?! It's completely unwatchable and pisses me off and I probably won't be watching South Park online for the next few years.

Re:Not worth it (1)

geekoid (135745) | about a month ago | (#47451197)

I like hulu plus. There are show wouldn't have found otherwise.
Sure, maybe you aren't interested in there subscription shows, but that doesn't make it bad. It makes it bad for you.

Brooklyn 99, Life on Mars to just name 2

Re:Not worth it (1)

Vitriol+Angst (458300) | about a month ago | (#47452897)

Because naming 3 would be difficult without saying; "South Park is XClusive!"

Re:Not worth it (1)

rockmuelle (575982) | about a month ago | (#47451215)

I look at it this way: I can pay $100+ a month to watch cable TV with commercials or I can pay $9 for Netflix, $8 for Hulu Plus, and nothing for my TV antenna for local shows. Yes, the ads on Hulu Plus are annoying, repetitive, and can't be skipped. But, I grew up in the 70s and 80s and have developed the skills to cope with ads and the lack of time shifting for local news. Millennial's milage may vary...

-Chris

Re:Not worth it (1)

r_jensen11 (598210) | about a month ago | (#47452167)

I look at it this way: I can pay $100+ a month to watch cable TV with commercials or I can pay $9 for Netflix, $8 for Hulu Plus, and nothing for my TV antenna for local shows. Yes, the ads on Hulu Plus are annoying, repetitive, and can't be skipped. But, I grew up in the 70s and 80s and have developed the skills to cope with ads and the lack of time shifting for local news. Millennial's milage may vary...

The problem is, how much of that $100 is your internet bill? Adding the TV channels to my Comcast bill added ~$30/mo to my bill, and that included all of the sports channels we would use (e.g. ESPN family, B1G, Tennis Channel, &c.) as well as HBO. Granted, we used a cablecard w/ an HDHR unit to avoid another $20-$30/mo and the headache of using their DVR (why the hell can't it output the video in a fixed format instead of switching between 480P/720P/1080i when channel surfing???), but spending $30/mo for TV at home was much cheaper than going to the bars to watch the same games.

Re:Not worth it (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | about a month ago | (#47453491)

You don't have to watch cable TV with commercials.. Get a DVR.. or jeez, a VCR. I was skipping commercials well over 20 years ago with my own VCRs, close to 30 with my parents' VCR... and now with DVRs..

(Note, I *do* use On Demand once in a while, and that DOES have unskippable commercials for SOME channels.. Though after a couple of days, the commercials are often skippable [for non-broadcast stations], but even broadcast stations sometimes, e.g. Enlisted, had shows with NO commercials on On Demand.)

Re:Not worth it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47451221)

I haven't had issues with skipping around much, but have had a lot of issues with commercials crashing the player, or it just deciding to stop loading further video, or suddenly corrupting. Funny thing is, once the actual video starts playing, it plays fine, and if you refresh to make the corrupted start go away, the site knows you already saw the ads and restarts from the same place you left off. So it doesn't seem to be a connection issue on my end, as it is specific to commercial. The net result of freezing happens during commercials though is that refreshing causes you to start from beginning again, so it can take 2-3 commercial breaks to just get a video started.

That said, this seems to be an improvement over the player used on the South Park site, which I've had buffering problems and having to sit through extra commercials there when the video fails during the actual show. While it would be a net loss having it available only on Hulu plus, the Hulu player is at least a bit better (even if marginally so).

Re:Not worth it (1)

DaveM753 (844913) | about a month ago | (#47451229)

Hulu's not Plus, they're just big-boned...

Seriously, same opinion here: I won't pay to watch commercials.

Trey and Matt: have fun with the money.
Hulu: screw you guys, I am going home...(or rather, to Netflix)

Not worth it (1)

mamono (706685) | about a month ago | (#47451265)

I agree the commercials suck. Also, having to watch the same commercials over and over again make me want to NOT buy that product because of the extreme annoyance that is now associated with the product. HOWEVER, between Hulu Plus, Netflix, and an OTA antenna I can satisfy all my TV needs without paying for the greater evil, Comcast or DirecTV. So whereas I hate the commercial breaks (and fortunately, some shows have none) I like the small step in cord-cutting that Hulu Plus provides me. Also, even though there are a lot of commercials, there are still fewer commercials while watching Hulu Plus than there are watching it on cable.

Re:Not worth it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47451371)

>If I wanted to scroll back to re-view some critical part of the show, and that part happened just before a commercial - I get to watch the commercials AGAIN

Holy shit that is incredibly stupid.

In Channel 4s "4 on Demand", they have a system that works as you would expect it would do. The ads wouldn't play again if you just watched them.

The other stuff is also pretty bad sounding.
Hulu need to step their game up.

Re:Not worth it (2)

Almonday (564768) | about a month ago | (#47451473)

Yep, let's see...I pay my ISP for access to the Internet, then I pay Hulu for access to their content, then I pay Hulu AGAIN with my time whenever I'm forced to watch commercials, which are often the only content that loads reliably, which takes up even more of my time....

Screw the biggest, most idiotic kind of that.

Re:Not worth it (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | about a month ago | (#47451479)

I don't have it yet but was going to get it somewhat soon for some shows I want that I want to watch the current season of. However I do NOT want hulu, I want to watch on my tv and not my computer. The commercials are a pain but I'd get to see the programs maybe a year or two before Netflix.

At least I can try it out for a month to see if it works (unlike amazon where you have to pay for a full year).

Re:Not worth it (2)

toejam13 (958243) | about a month ago | (#47451595)

I completely agree. Why should I pay $8/month to watch annoying, repetitive commercials from Hulu Plus when I can play Netflix roughly the same for ad-free content?

PS,
Dear Jack in the Box advertising department:

When I see the same JitB ad played each and every single damn commercial break, every single day for a week or more, it makes me never want to do business with you. EVER. So perhaps you should talk to whatever ad network Hulu and Comedy Central use and have them put a limit on the number of times your ads are displayed to a viewer.

Because at this point, I'd rather stick rusty spoons up my ass than to give your company any of my money.

Re:Not worth it (1)

Vitriol+Angst (458300) | about a month ago | (#47452939)

Do you twitch uncontrollably when someone mentions JitB?

You know you can click the "This commercial applies to me" button in order to use aversion therapy to remove any desire to buy a specific product, don't you? It's not commercials -- it's a FEATURE. If you want to lose weight, just choose the fast food category. If you want to stop sending money to starving people, choose one of the charities. The Army Recruiting aversion therapy may yet end war mongering in this country...

Re:Not worth it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47452115)

could not agree more. i paid. then realized i was watching more shows, and with them MORE commercials. i was now paying so that i could be exposed to MORE ads than before i paid and only had a paid netflix.
what a choice company to partner with guys!

Re:Not worth it (1)

Virtucon (127420) | about a month ago | (#47452123)

Well they're not censored such as "Red Hot Catholic Love" and frankly the commercials (average about 10 sec) only occur 2 to 3 times an episode. I like Hulu Plus because they also have shows out there like "The Young Ones" and others that aren't on Netflix. It beats the shit out of fucking cable where every fucking channel is full of commercials. At our house we've gotten rid of HBO/Showtime etc. and now it's Hulu Plus, Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Re:Not worth it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47452347)

nkly the commercials (average about 10 sec) only occur 2 to 3 times an episode

What the heck are the rest of us doing wrong then? I get 3 commercial breaks per half hour show, and none are shorter than 120 seconds, and usually the second and third one go longer than 200 seconds. This is definitely more commercials than on cable since it takes now longer than 30 minutes to watch what was a 30 minute show on TV. The month I tried Hulu plus didn't change any of the commercial break lengths either.

Re:Not worth it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47452527)

my usual procedure was watch commercial, fast forward to about where I thought I was, watch commercial, rewind a little, watch commercial, fast forward a tiny bit, watch commercial, watch 20 minutes of show+commercials, run out of time, rinse repeat.

Re:Not worth it (1)

Vitriol+Angst (458300) | about a month ago | (#47452855)

What's the big deal? I mean, there are people who LIKE having a search bar to make Windows 8 Tiles functional and Hulu Plus is for people who would like to pay for Netflix but they miss commercials.

There are also people who like toll booths. Stop being a Toll Booth, Win 8, Hulu Plus hater!

Oh, and I want Xbox One to bring back the restrictions on selling old games and being always online, because I'm a patriot!

Wait.... (1)

oh_my_080980980 (773867) | about a month ago | (#47451091)

People still watch South Park.....

Salute (2)

djupedal (584558) | about a month ago | (#47451097)

As a long time SP fan, anything that keeps it going is fine with me.

Broadcast Syndication (1)

tquasar (1405457) | about a month ago | (#47451105)

Good news for Trey and Matt, the show is on multiple times per day here and I don't know how I can do much more watching. Comedy Central technology works OK for me.$80 mil? Really?

I miss when South Park was on Netflix. (1)

thevirtualcat (1071504) | about a month ago | (#47451129)

I watched an episode of it on Hulu the other night. It wasn't an all out terrible experience. While Hulu is far more agressive with their anti-adblocking, they have far fewer ads than South Park Studios did. (South Park Studios often had more ads than watching on Comedy Central.)

That said, since it's going behind the paywall and I don't watch anything else behind Hulu's paywall, I guess I'll just find some other show that makes decent background noise. (Or just pirate it, but I suspect I'm too lazy to do that.)

Unskippable commericals? No thanks. (1)

nwaack (3482871) | about a month ago | (#47451131)

Hulu Plus became a non-option for me when they decided to show unskippable commercials in their content. I'm amazed that they had 80 dollars to spend on new content, much less 80 million.

Including censored episodes? (2)

HornWumpus (783565) | about a month ago | (#47451137)

Super Best Friends?

Comedy Central censored out Evangaline (female Butters) talking about getting her snootch pounded on friday nights.

I'm guessing, no. Gutless Hulu.

Re:Including censored episodes? (1)

mythosaz (572040) | about a month ago | (#47451515)

Also censored now is pooping out your mouth...

I too am curious what episodes will still be censored. Super Best Friends? Cartoon Wars? ...the aforementioned pooping episode?

VPN (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47451159)

Does that mean VPNs won't work anymore D: ?

Hulu Plus: Paid subscription with ads (1)

MoFoQ (584566) | about a month ago | (#47451261)

To me, it's as if they WANT to drive everyone to don an eye-patch.

Re:Hulu Plus: Paid subscription with ads (1)

Kremmy (793693) | about a month ago | (#47451577)

Precisely. It's a very old and very common practice where you put your victim into the situation you want to demonize them for. Then demonize them. It's worked very well for a lot of very evil people over the years.

You can still watch them for free (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47451303)

tl;dr: southparkstudios.com will still carry everything for free according to the article.

Hulu: Television for Women (1)

ravenscar (1662985) | about a month ago | (#47451337)

They must be trying to attract a male audience. I took a look at Hulu. All I saw was the crappy, prime time network crap that has been engineered for middle aged women of below average IQ. Revenge, Hell's Kitchen, The Kardashians, etc. The shows that might be interesting (Doctor Who and a few others) aren't exclusive and can be seen sans annoying commercials on Amazon and/or Netflix.

When I think of the South Park audience I don't think Hulu. That's probably what Hulu was thinking - what a way to attract new subscribers! Here's the thing. People who want to watch South Park still aren't going to Hulu. They'll just torrent the episodes (sans commercials) for free. I can't imagine that 80 million is going to net much for Hulu, but good for Parker and Stone.

Re:Hulu: Television for Women (1)

asavage (548758) | about a month ago | (#47452043)

$80M for 3 years and $8/month means they need to gain 277K subscribers to break even, not counting ad revenue and hosting costs. It seems like new episodes will still be on the south park studios website reducing some possible views. Another way to look at it is they will need to grow their subscribers by about 5% (6M now) and it cost them about 3% of their yearly revenue (1 Billion). It doesn't seem like it would pay back but we'll see I guess.

disappointed by this (1)

musikit (716987) | about a month ago | (#47451413)

i noticed this earlier. i sent them an email. as an expat i always watched new episodes on their website. now with hulu region-ing everything that option is gone.

it's already free at southparkstudios (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47451459)

Since it's free to watch to begin with, I don't see any value here.

In other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47451557)

DVD sales of South Park increase

Let me guess (1)

Bender Unit 22 (216955) | about a month ago | (#47451649)

They don't give a shit anymore.

Re:Let me guess (1)

Greyfox (87712) | about a month ago | (#47452191)

I'm guessing. I stopped watching them last season. It really felt like they were just phoning it in, and have been since The Book of Mormon took off. At the same time, I think they (and I) probably had issues with Comedy Central's standards and practices. I'm guessing once it goes over to Hulu, the various characters will now be able to say "fuck." Knowing Matt and Trey, they're going to abuse the hell out of that in the first episode.

Re:Let me guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47452199)

no, this is like when they didnt air the 2nd part of who is cartman's dad and we got farts instead for 20 minutes and had to wait till next season. ok, so yeah, they dont give shits. they're blowing filthy farts!

RIP South Park Studios (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47451805)

RIP South Park Studios, I guess I'll have to find South Park episodes on YouTube or other streaming sites, or download them.

Wise Move by South Park Creators (1)

lubaciousd (912505) | about a month ago | (#47452163)

South Park is long past the glory days when it was the saving grace of Comedy Central. Here's a perfect way to bring further revenue in for new episodes and paywall content from better seasons past.

The creators of South Park are very clever, and they see the writing on the wall - South Park isn't going to last forever.

Kids Don't Do Commercials ... (1)

david.c99 (1028202) | about a month ago | (#47452241)

Hulu is a joke, Hulu Plus is an insult. The broadcast industry in general is an insult. Protected Entitled Industry is Entitled ... well, Entitled to NOTHING.

My Son, who is 20, simply hasn't watched "Commercial Infested" Entertainment for 4+ years? Most of his friends are the same way. The "commercial" model is not sustainable for much longer, then it will be dead ... good bye and good riddance. Hulu Plus? Utter Joke and isn't competition for NetFlix in the least. Hulu is the titanic of the Broadcast industry ... it's going to go under and take a lot of entities with it.

So tired of the "Entertainment Industry" wagging the dog so-to-speak. Once Ala-Carte pricing hits, and it will hit sooner or later, the "whoosh" of money leaving the entire industry will be deafening and long over due.

Ohh the Humanity (1)

BradleyUffner (103496) | about a month ago | (#47452285)

The Pirate Bay will be devastated.

Lol Hulu (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47452639)

If I did not know how to bypass their ads I'd never use them.

"Exlusive" deal (1)

Sir Holo (531007) | about a month ago | (#47453033)

It's an exclusive deal that kicks in this Fall.

At the moment, downloaded "purchases" from the iTunes Store, Netflix, and Amazon don't have ads. Replayable, scrubbable, etc.

With this deal, viewers pay three times to watch. Once for cable/internet service, second by watching on Comedy Central, and then third via Hulu plus un-skippable ads, if you like an occasional re-run. Yeech!

Arrr (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47453479)

I'll stick to the free HD TV rips that've always gone up shortly after airing.

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