Viacom pulls its own programming from its own web site
Thanks to Signal Group Forums member VOS for this information.
In a bizarre marketing move, Viacom has now pulled its own programming from its own web site.
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The screen capture above comes courtesy of thedailyshow.com
, which normally hosts a feed of the most recent new broadcast of the Viacom/Comedy Central fake news show.
In a head-scratching move, Viacom has apparently restricted access to its own programming. This may be due to DIRECTV pointing out that there are "Other Ways to Watch"
this same programming. There are two problems with this:
First of all, the same programming is available for free
. Presumably, it would be a breach of contract for Viacom to take it off that web site, and so it will probably stay there.
Second of all, is that really how you prove to people that your programming is worthwhile... by keeping it from them? This move is sure to anger those people who go looking for this programming and they're not going to blame DIRECTV. How can they? Viacom owns this content and owns this web site.
This sort of "take my ball and go home" strategy does not make Viacom look good at all.