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Jan 6, 2011

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stephen_colbertIf you’re anything like me, firstly, congratulations. Secondly, it likely also means that part of your nightly routine includes watching The Daily Show/Colbert Report on ABC2. Tonight, ABC2 will air The Colbert Report for the last time.

The Comedy Channel has re-gained exclusivity over The Colbert Report and The Daily Show. TDS will remain on ABC2 until the end of the month.

One would assume that Colbert and TDS will see a heck of a lot more Australian downloads via Bittorrent in the coming weeks than ever before.

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32 thoughts on “ABC2 Farewells Colbert

  1. Watching Jon Stewart without his sidekick is just terrible.
    That they are both now going to pay tv is not right.
    These two shows finally were educatinng people about american politics.

  2. I agree with everyone who said that they were the only two shows worth watching. I cannot watch commercials any more – Harvey Norman ads fill me with an existential fury.

    OK, if you don’t know how to download, here’s how: first get a torrent programme like utorrent (http://www.utorrent.com/) – download it to your computer (it’s free). Then go to your favourite browser and go to http://www.isohunt.com (it’s a search engine for torrents) and in the search box type Colbert Report (or anything else in the world that you want really). Then sort by date or by seeds (the column headed “S” which is the number of kind people sharing the show around the world), also read the comments because sometimes someone will warn you that it is not a real torrent or is password protected and asks for money for what should be free (like Murdick). Click on “Download Torrent” and it should recognise your utorrent programme as the application to use for the download, it will then ask you where you want it copied to. You end up with an AVI file which you can play on your computer or on your TV if it is connected to anything with a USB port (like the newer DVD players.)
    Good luck! Don’t pay Rupert!

  3. Most US shows are geo-locked on their originating Broadcasters streaming services due to overseas output deals. Colbert/Daily Show is no exception. At least you can still watch full episodes officially in shorter, edited segments. Conan has copied this model.

  4. Whenever I’m in the UK and look at TDS and Colbert websites, I get “This is not available online because the show is broadcast on *channel forget*”, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was part of an exclusivity deal here as well.

  5. Seriously, these are the only two TV shows I watch religiously anymore.

    And to make matters worse, these are perhaps the only intelligent satirical shows on TV now that the chasers have also finished. Actually, they are the only intelligent non documentaries, period.

    Why must the australian public be subjugated to ‘two and a half men’ and ‘today tonight’ while the few shows with integrity are reserved to those that can afford them?

  6. Damn it.
    What the hell is going on at the ABC.
    The board should move to remove Mark Scott – he has well and truly fallen asleep at the wheel this time.
    This is a bloody outrage…

  7. This news really bites the big one :(… I wonder if Foxtel hopes it’s burying them by having them not show on the national broadcaster any more, and how Stewart and Colbert would feel about that. Hoping that Glenn Beck hates sharing Foxtel with them would only make me feel better if I actually still got to see them every night.

    Thankyou for making me think of downloading them from now on though…

  8. I am seriously upset about this. The Colbert Report and The Daily Show are my favourite shows, and just about the only things I bother to watch on TV nowadays. It was lovely having them on over dinner without having to download them or deal with any of that hassle.

    But oh well, looks like I’ll be exploring…other options. I’m certainly not giving them up just because Australian TV wants to be uncooperative.

  9. This is such a pity, The Daily Show and Colbert Report were two of the best things on TV these days. Being banished to a pay network that no-one watches is annoying.

    As mentioned here, we’ll go back to watching it online I guess

  10. The irony is that Foxtel (murdoch) ahs paid a big exclusivity payment for the tv show(s) that lampoon fox news more than anyone else. I wonder how Glenn Beck feels about that

  11. And may I just say, screw you Comedy Channel. Like this will entice a single person to get Foxtel. I’ve never been one to torrent but now I’m going to learn to torrent this and plenty more. Dickheads.

  12. Thank you. As you can see at the ethics classes’ link, I posted the sole comment there, asking why I couldn’t see an article.

    Later I sent an email to boss@crikey.com.au and received an automated acknowledgment of receipt, but the page is still blank.

    I keep going back to those blank pages every now and then, hoping I’ll someday be able to read the articles; but they remain blank. 🙂

  13. Is your article at http://blogs.crikey.com.au/whitenoise/2011/01/06/abc2-farewells-colbert/ the one intended to be at http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/01/06/abc2-farewells-colbert/ ? That link is presently on Crikey’s home page under “Media” and on page 1 of the Crikey archives. Judging by my previous experience (see links below) it will move further in the Archives each day but remain in them.

    The following links do not produce Crikey’s adorable 404 error (Oh dear, … eek) — they go to Crikey pages with all of the usual site detail (links at the top and bottom etc) and the story title in the usual bold font. However, there is no story — just a blank white space.

    As I do not read all of Crikey, there could well be others that I am not aware of like the current http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/01/06/abc2-farewells-colbert/ and these:
    http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/12/20/are-congressman-taking-their-cues-from-opinion-polls/ (which should be the plural “congressmen” of course)

  14. What?!



    It IS my routine! It’s my post-work wind-down! They’re the only regularly scheduled terrestrial TV show I actually never miss!


    You’ve made me angry, Barrett. Really angry. Is this what you wanted your blog to be? A vehicle to make people angry?!