After an impasse in carriage negotiations between Viacom and DirecTV, Viacom’s 17 networks were pulled from DirecTV last night at midnight. One of the reported sticking points was that DirecTV didn’t want to pay as much as Viacom wanted especially since so much of its content was available freely on the web.
Well, less is available now, at least temporarily and DirecTV customers looking for a Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert won’t be able to get full episode fixes of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report – no full episode streaming for you! Or anyone else for that matter. Those hunting for full episodes of either show on various Viacom websites (colbertnation.com, comedycentral.com,etc.) are greeted with the message at the top of this post. All is not quite lost, at least as of this writing full episodes from June are still available on Hulu.