I want my comedy!

October 7th, 2010 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Both the and the are no longer available on Sky, on the NZ Comedy Central channel.

Aaaaarrrrgh.

I don’t know who made the decision, but I’d like to shoot them. Both those shows were on my daily record series.

If you want to help push for their return, you can join the Facebook Group asking for that.

And people wonder why people use bit torrent? I pay almost $100/month to Sky so I can legally view overseas content such as the Daily Show. Take away my only legal way of viewing it, and well what a great incentive you give me.

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36 Responses to “I want my comedy!”

  1. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Update: On 30 September Comedy Central’s license to broadcast both shows ran out. Apparently they thought it would be one of those flash in a pan things that would only last 6 months.

    Gah!

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  2. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “If you want to help push for their return, you can join the Facebook Group asking for that.”

    Is there one to encourage Sky to keep them off? Stewart and Colbert?? Two of the most stinking propagandising commies out there.

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  3. ben (2,396 comments) says:

    I think you can stream the Daily Show from their site. Don’t know about Colbert.

    Jon Stewart is extraordinary.

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  4. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are going to hold a political entertainment rally a few days before the election in Washington, DC. They want to counter Glenn Beck and the Tea Party. Hardly a shocker, but let’s not pretend anymore about the comedians’ leftist bias.

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  5. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    If you don’t like the way you are treated by one supplier, go to another. Isn’t that the essence of a free market?

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  6. jaba (2,089 comments) says:

    check out Onion News (google it) .. it’s along similar lines

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  7. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    DPF – Get your Daily Show and Colbert Report torrents here: http://eztv.it. Piece of cake.

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  8. Graeme Edgeler (3,262 comments) says:

    Take away my only legal way of viewing it, and well what a great incentive you give me.

    You can legally view it on their website.

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  9. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    “I don’t know who made the decision, but I’d like to shoot them”

    Careful dude you’re inciting violence the same way Henry is inciting racism.

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  10. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    If you don’t like the way you are treated by one supplier, go to another. Isn’t that the essence of a free market?

    I wasn’t aware there was a great amount of providers in satellite television in NZ…

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  11. Rex Widerstrom (5,254 comments) says:

    http://www.abc.net.au/iview

    I assume it’s not blocked to overseas viewers, like TVNZ do with theirs… even the stuff they make themselves and which therefore they control the rights to. Idiots.

    While you’re there, check out Australian Story, Four Corners, the 7.30 Report and all the other real news you get from a real public broadcaster… not sniggering buffoons making moustache jokes and moustached buffoons doing “current affairs lite” :-D

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  12. RightNow (6,646 comments) says:

    Graboid: $US15/month for 50GB download of whatever you want.
    Tivo: $360 from Telecom – includes wireless network adaptor, plus $129 for TiVo Home Networking Package allowing you to share files between your computer and your TiVo.

    Result = watch whatever you want, whenever you want.

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  13. jakejakejake (134 comments) says:

    Hmmm Graboid is not legit. You are effectively paying for pirated content which you could just get with Bittorrent for free.

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  14. RightNow (6,646 comments) says:

    While that is correct jjj – I was simply posting a possible solution. I in no way endorse any form of pirating.

    But if one was to choose to do so, one might see that it is possible to download HD content from someone like Graboid with much speed and convenience. For example someone I heard of can get a 1.5GB file in 22 minutes. Of course, their ISP hasn’t terribly oversubscribed their international bandwidth, so that forms a key part of the solution too.

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  15. frankflintstone (70 comments) says:

    RightNow – Tivo for $360 from Telecom? I thought it was $499.

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  16. dime (9,368 comments) says:

    why do people use bit torrents? so they can be traced?

    rapidshare & hotfile for the win. i got the cash, can handle te $8 a month for each site.

    i wanted to like the daily show. sure its left wing but who cares. john is just a little bit over the top. hes like a kiwi over actor.

    surprised they losit it though, i suspect it will come back.

    they also stopped showing red eye on fox. that was mildly amusing.

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  17. RightNow (6,646 comments) says:

    frank – they’re actually selling them for $360 but you might have to point out that you’ve seen that price mentioned in a NZ Herald article. In fact if you google it you’ll see it mentioned in quite a few forum posts etc. But yes, I got mine for $360 about 2 weeks ago.

    http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=114&topicid=67856&page_no=3
    http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/showthread.php?t=112675
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10674945

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  18. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    @dime – I use http://www.peerblock.com. Trace-free torrents are just an install away :)

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  19. frankflintstone (70 comments) says:

    Thanks RightNow. I’ve been using a Tivo and might be losing it so its good to know a replacement is very affordable.

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  20. OliverI (125 comments) says:

    David, if you want your comedy read this post on Red Alert.

    http://blog.labour.org.nz/index.php/2010/10/07/who-researches-the-cvs-of-the-mps/comment-page-1/#comment-107805

    Most of the comments are great, but the best one has to be after Lianne said “I don’t know about you, but I don’t think you can include something under the definition of a qualification if it is not completed – but I suppose it proves he is an optimist – “75% done” sounds better than “25% shy of the qualification”.”

    Special K said -

    “Hi Lianne, I saw that Darien Fenton was seeking nomination for the Te Atatu seat and since I don’t know much about her looked at her CV on the parliamentary website. I noticed that she had a BA from Victoria (incomplete). I immediately thought of you and hopes that the information helps for this latest crusade of yours to bring greater honesty to MP CVs.”

    Gold

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  21. RightNow (6,646 comments) says:

    Absolute gold Oliver. They’re not as smart as they think they are.

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  22. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    You your BA is incomplete you don’t have it. You have dick and a large bill to go with it.

    Also known as failure. Only the left would list it as a qualification.

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  23. Cobra Kai (6 comments) says:

    Easy:

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/

    No faffing about with torrents or anything…

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  24. Fletch (6,004 comments) says:

    After Colbert’s ridiculous mockery that was his appearance in front of congress, no one in congress wants to know him, and both are being labelled shills for the Dems.

    Members of Congress have been fooled time after time after time by Stephen Colbert, and after last week’s mockery, they have a message for the satirist who makes a living lampooning them: Colbert, you’re dead to us.

    I admit, Stewart can be funny, but he’s crossed over the line into being as establishment as you can get.

    Can you imagine George Carlin or Richard Pryor selling out to a point where a sitting president would’ve endorsed anything they did as a way to save his bacon in an upcoming election. Carlin and Pryor might not have been conservatives but I’m a huge fan of both and would like to think something like this would’ve made the both of them a little queasy.

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  25. Fletch (6,004 comments) says:

    ps, as for TV, what happened to Fringe?

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  26. DRHILL (121 comments) says:

    according to TVNZ “Fringe will return at a latter date”. This is code for, you might as well buy this on DVD or download it, because the only way you’re going to see it on TVNZ is at 2am on a Saturday.

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  27. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Anything thats not “reality” TV is too hard for the programers to understand and they stick to catering for the no hope dopers who spend all day watching their crap.

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  28. excusesofpuppets (133 comments) says:

    Sky will say that it is not their problem, it is up to the channel to organise their programming runs/advertising. I have had a long ‘discussion’ with Sky about the amount of Australian credit card and life insurance adverts shown on Sky.

    You are absolutely correct about torrents. It is hard to believe that there would be any other reason, other than to watch product when it is produced. I am sure that torrent watchers would be happy to watch downloaded content with a few adverts in there too. I know of PLENTY of people who watch TVNZ/TV3 on demand, which in my mind reinforces this point.

    Looking forward to iSky though, but disappointed that the data will be charged on my Telstra Clear account.

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  29. mavxp (493 comments) says:

    It would be great if free to air TV (TVNZ or TV3/ C4) were to pick this show up. The World edition used to screen on Channel 4 in the UK weeknights and was staple viewing when I lived there and could catch it.

    Yes Jon Stewart is unashamedly a lefty but at least he is an intelligent one unlike our mob here in NZ. Even right wingers can appreciate him – he interviews the likes of Jon McCain and does it with respect even if he disagrees with their views. It also makes it easier to follow US politics and what’s going on over there. He attacks MSNBC as much as FOX for stupid reporting.

    I would also like to see BBC’s “Have I got news for you” but I realise the try-hard show “7 days” is trying to do this for local content, but usually comes across as more foul than particularly witty.

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  30. Jack McDonald (199 comments) says:

    Redbaiter who was pretending about their liberal bias? They certainly weren’t, well Colbert was but that’s part of his act. Obviously their liberal, but their funny, that’s the point.

    Anyway USA has got enough conservative bias for the world.

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  31. malcolm (2,000 comments) says:

    And people wonder why people use bit torrent? I pay almost $100/month to Sky so I can legally view overseas content such as the Daily Show. Take away my only legal way of viewing it, and well what a great incentive you give me.

    What confusion. You pay Sky to watch the programmes they broadcast. If you don’t like their programmes, tell them so and/or stop buying their service. Trying to parlay that into a justification for ripping off someone’s work is just shonky self-serving self-delusion.

    Spot the difference: Xero refused to sell me a copy of their code-base. I was happy to pay them $100. They said no. So I stole it. They practically forced me to do it.

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  32. wreck1080 (3,725 comments) says:

    SKY IS PATHETIC. they hardly offer any HD channels.

    When I bought HD, I assumed that nearly 2 years later I’d have more HD channels – how wrong I was.

    There are 2 HD movie channels, and Sports 1 is in HD. Maybe prime too.

    BUt, none of the doc or news channels are HD. Waiting waiting.

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  33. William2 (30 comments) says:

    Rex wrote;

    “http://www.abc.net.au/iview

    I assume it’s not blocked to overseas viewers, like TVNZ do with theirs… even the stuff they make themselves and which therefore they control the rights to. Idiots.”

    If you assume that it seems you’ve been immersed there too long, idiots abound everywhere.
    Attempting to view from NZ gets:

    “Due to copyright reasons this video program is available for download by people located in Australia only. If you are not located in Australia, you are not authorised to view this video.

    If you ARE located in Australia and feel an error has been made we would appreciate your help with improving this service. Please provide your details to help us resolve the problem.”

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  34. Jeff83 (770 comments) says:

    DPF, a more legal alternative to bit torrenting it (as noone gets revenue from that) is using a proxy service to change your ip to either a UK or US address and then streaming it online from either Dailyshow (US) or channel 4 (UK).I can’t believe they got rid of it, is one of my favourite shows, the wit is outstanding.

    Either that or move to the old UK, they still show it here, and the politicians here are such douche bags you would have no end of content to write about ha. Makes me thankful for NZ’s politicians, even though they are not perfect allot better than here.

    And mr conspiracy Red they make no secret of their pro liberal stance, but they still mock all sides and they are a comedy show not a station purporting to be a news channel with a not so subtle agenda (i.e. MSNBC or Fox). To be honest their main attack lately has been against the media

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  35. Kieran_B (81 comments) says:

    What the fuck. I was so happy when Comedy Central started playing both shows after C4 dropped the ball over the Xmas holidays. Now it seems they’ve fucked it up themselves. DOn’t they make sweetheart deals with their parent over in the US??

    All hail bittorrent!

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  36. james.s (1 comment) says:

    MyNameIsJack (1,673) Says:
    October 7th, 2010 at 12:34 pm
    If you don’t like the way you are treated by one supplier, go to another. Isn’t that the essence of a free market?

    —–

    It could be if the possibility existed, which it doesn’t here.

    The essence of a free market is competition with low barriers to entry, low industry concentration ratios, and firms being price takers earning no economic profit or rent. There are almost no cases of free markets operating correctly anywhere in the New Zealand economy, and premium television entertainment is certainly not one of them. Sky TV pulling services without any warning or explanation, and without amending their pricing, is not an example of a free market; it is an example of a firm with a near monopoly – by definition a market failure – abusing its market power.

    Some people enjoy applying macho apologetics to this kind of carry-on, typically using the term ‘free market’ to legitimise their argument. These people do not know what a free market is.

    There is a deep and rich history of thought in western philosophy and in economics on what the meaning of freedom is, whether in markets or otherwise, and it absolutely does not mean being able to beat your customers over the head with a stick because you know they have nowhere else to go to get a similar service (and no, the choice to give up premium TV altogether, while an option, does not make premium TV in NZ a free market). In reality, this is closer to a state of nature, which is incompatible with and in many ways the opposite of genuine market freedom.

    Whenever a firm behaves like this, there is always a sort of person who is ready and eager to remind others that life is unfair and that people should just “switch providers”, when they know perfectly well that there are no others. This person should admit that they actually have no real understanding of economics, and admit that what they are really doing is generating enjoyment for themselves through a kind of primitive misery and ignorance mechanism.

    Face it: Sky treats its customers like shit and, while they are perfectly entitled to do so, let’s try to resist the primal urge to rub people’s noses in it by crowing about how glorious the allegedly free market is. Free markets are great, but they rarely exist in NZ.

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