For DirecTV subscribers, the ongoing Viacom blackout means it’s been nearly a week since they’ve been able to watch MTV, Comedy Central, Vh1, or Nickelodeon — at least without going to the neighbor’s house. In a move to win viewers over to its side of the battle, Viacom has decided that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to remove those full episodes of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report from the Comedy Central website.
Both shows were on hiatus last week when Viacom decided to temporarily block online viewers from watching the archives of full episodes. That decision had been made in response to DirecTV telling its complaining customers they could just watch the shows they were missing for free at the various Viacom-operated websites.
But with The Daily Show and Colbert Report both returning to the air last night, Viacom decided to put the shows back online.
“We hope this is helpful to our fans with DIRECTV who have yet to switch to a cable/satellite provider that carries Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV, BET and all our 26 networks,” writes Viacom.
This is like one of those fights between friends where they each ask you to take their side. But then you know as soon as they make up, it’s going to be all, “I never meant it when I called you a greedy cow,” and “You’re not the money-grubber I told my 20 million friends about.”