South Park to be Available For Free in Its Entirety, Only on Hulu

South Park to be Available For Free in Its Entirety, Only on Hulu

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All 17 seasons of South Park will be available completely free to stream on Hulu.

Popular video streaming service Hulu announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Los Angeles today, that it will be the exclusive streaming home for all seasons of South Park. The exclusive, multi-year licensing agreement means that all 17 current seasons of South Park will be available completely free of charge via the service, from now until the premiere of season 18 this fall (September 24).

"South Park has revolutionized TV and pushed boundaries with unparalleled topicality and daring humor," said Craig Erwich, Head of Content, Hulu. "South Park has been one of the top ten most popular shows of all time on the platform. We're thrilled to offer the series to fans in its entirety."

When season 18 does premier, fans will have next-day access to the episodes on both Hulu and Hulu plus, while SouthPark.cc.com will continue to have all seasons of South Park until season 18 starts, at which point Hulu and SouthPark.cc.com will have a revolving selection of free episodes available.

"This is a natural partnership for us," said South Park creators Matt Parker and Trey Stone. "We are excited that the entire library will be available on Hulu and that the best technology around will power South Park Digital Studios."

While I'm sure this is fantastic news for all our American viewers, as an Australian, this doesn't really change much, as all I have to look forward to is a whole bunch of "this video is not available in your country" messages.

Source: IGN

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If it's only on Hulu, it's not free then. Besides, that's what South Park Studios is for! And if they DON'T have 200 and 201 then it'll be a double failure to me.

Steven Bogos:

While I'm sure this is fantastic news for all our American viewers, as an Australian, this doesn't really change much, as all I have to look forward to is a whole bunch of "this video is not available in your country" messages.

To bad there isn't way to hide your location online. Somebody should really invent that. Like a private network, but completely virtual. Hmm...

But yeah, they have already been online for quite a while at South Park Studios. Doesn't really change much

I thought that they already had episodes online at South Park's website? Why would they give them all to Hulu when that just locks out anybody not in the USA?

Trey and Matt have always been super chill about people watching south park wherever they care. Hell I recall it being one of the most pirated things on the internet back when everyone was using things like Kazaa and Limewire.

And their reaction was pretty much: 'Okay cool.'

So in light of that, when I was old enough to manage my own money I bought a boxset once because consumer trust must be rewarded. I like being treated like a human enough to do that.

So this being free on Hulu is pretty much an 'okay whatever' state of affairs, they offer their episodes free on their website for the US.

...Not so kind to their international customers but that's because local law taxes them up the butts, and they can't share the US domain in the same breath. Sucks.

otakon17:
If it's only on Hulu, it's not free then. Besides, that's what South Park Studios is for! And if they DON'T have 200 and 201 then it'll be a double failure to me.

That's pretty much my big question about this. I've never even SEEN 201, and I only saw 200 once...not that I'm getting Hulu in any case, but is there any word on including the two most controversial episodes?

otakon17:
If it's only on Hulu, it's not free then. Besides, that's what South Park Studios is for!

No... Hulu's free service will have 'em too; this doesn't require Hulu Plus. At least until the season 18 premiere, at which point south park studios won't have the whole series either; both it and Hulu will have the most recent episodes, with older episodes on a rotation rather than the complete series. They haven't said whether Hulu Plus will retain access to the whole library or whether it'll be on the same rotation as free Hulu.

I looked, and didn't see 200 or 201 on there. That makes me a sad panda. Surprisingly, though, Hulu does have Cartoon Wars.

P.S. Thanks

They lied; "Super Best Friends", "200" and "201" are still not on Hulu or Hulu+. I am outraged at this false advertising. I might sue them for lying...

otakon17:
If it's only on Hulu, it's not free then. Besides, that's what South Park Studios is for! And if they DON'T have 200 and 201 then it'll be a double failure to me.

200 and 201 were terrible episodes no matter what the controversy is around them. Hastily written and completely self-referential trite, not a funny beat among them, and I watched the two as they aired. I'm glad those two horrible episodes were purged from the episode lists. The ending of 201 and the whole arc of the two episodes was needlessly provocative and picking a fight with a Comedy Central. Now if only Cartoon Wars could also be purged from the episode list. That whole arc just seemed really dumb and petty.

Mr.Mattress:
They lied; "Super Best Friends", "200" and "201" are still not on Hulu or Hulu+. I am outraged at this false advertising. I might sue them for lying...

200 and 201 were never shown again or included in home video sets, and South Park Studios took the Super Best Friends down as well, they haven't aired it in years. Shame because it was a decent episode. Luckily I have the 5th season on DVD with the episode on it. That being said, they are only omitting what has already been purged from the air and other sources.

Phrozenflame500:

Steven Bogos:

While I'm sure this is fantastic news for all our American viewers, as an Australian, this doesn't really change much, as all I have to look forward to is a whole bunch of "this video is not available in your country" messages.

To bad there isn't way to hide your location online. Somebody should really invent that. Like a private network, but completely virtual. Hmm...

But yeah, they have already been online for quite a while at South Park Studios. Doesn't really change much

I know what a VPN is. I shouldn't have to use one.

Well considering South Park Studios has never been viewable in Australia, this changes absolutely nothing for me.

Mr.Mattress:
They lied; "Super Best Friends", "200" and "201" are still not on Hulu or Hulu+. I am outraged at this false advertising. I might sue them for lying...

WELL GO ON! SUE THEM!

But seriously, I also never got to see 200 or 201 and I am still significantly bothered by the unavailability of the episodes.

The Cartoon Wars was and still is one of the best entertainment media commentaries they've done and it's utterly pathetic that its commentary still rings true today.

Steven Bogos:

Phrozenflame500:

Steven Bogos:

While I'm sure this is fantastic news for all our American viewers, as an Australian, this doesn't really change much, as all I have to look forward to is a whole bunch of "this video is not available in your country" messages.

To bad there isn't way to hide your location online. Somebody should really invent that. Like a private network, but completely virtual. Hmm...

But yeah, they have already been online for quite a while at South Park Studios. Doesn't really change much

I know what a VPN is. I shouldn't have to use one.

Ditto. It is so damn frustrating when there are oodles of shows that advertise themselves as available to watch online (on Canadian channels no less) and there are no episodes available, at all. Going to the U.S. versions gets you rejected immediately. I mean, WAT? You know copyright laws are pretty bad when you actually have to negotiate on individual capsules on the ISS! XD

only on? except that one site that has all the episodes free... with no adds like hulu

South Park Studios doesn't have 17 seasons worth of every single episode? Seems I really have to dig through proxies if I ever want to watch them in order.

I have no idea why people are talking like this is an improvement. South Park Studios already had every episode for free. Unless I'm missing something, all this does is (once season 18 starts) limit free users to a 'selection of episodes' instead of 'all of them' like it used to be.

Often:
I have no idea why people are talking like this is an improvement. South Park Studios already had every episode for free. Unless I'm missing something, all this does is (once season 18 starts) limit free users to a 'selection of episodes' instead of 'all of them' like it used to be.

This. It's a massive downgrade and I won't be able to follow SouthPark anymore like I'm used to.

Does this mean season 18 won't be available at southparkstudios.com? If so, this is bad news for everyone outside of the US.
I could use a proxy or VPN but that would make the streaming very slow.

Sounds more like a downgrade to me, considering that there's already a site that offers every episode for free, and officially to boot.

Also, what's with episodes 200 and 201 that got them banned/removed?

Covarr:

otakon17:
If it's only on Hulu, it's not free then. Besides, that's what South Park Studios is for!

No... Hulu's free service will have 'em too; this doesn't require Hulu Plus. At least until the season 18 premiere, at which point south park studios won't have the whole series either; both it and Hulu will have the most recent episodes, with older episodes on a rotation rather than the complete series. They haven't said whether Hulu Plus will retain access to the whole library or whether it'll be on the same rotation as free Hulu.

I looked, and didn't see 200 or 201 on there. That makes me a sad panda. Surprisingly, though, Hulu does have Cartoon Wars.

P.S. Thanks

Hulu's 'free' service is going away.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/07/south-park-to-move-behind-hulus-paywall-and-end-free-streaming/

"The big change is the paywalling of past episodes. After September 24, free Hulu users and visitors to the show's official site will only be able to watch "a revolving selection of free episodes." Unlimited access-which today is free-will only be available for Hulu Plus users."

soren7550:
Sounds more like a downgrade to me, considering that there's already a site that offers every episode for free, and officially to boot.

Also, what's with episodes 200 and 201 that got them banned/removed?

200 and 201 came out shortly after the big controversy with a Dutch(?) newspaper printing a comic depicting Muhammad and the subsequent riots that followed. 200 and 201 was south parks spoof on that. there was a lot of other really random things in those episodes, but thats what i believe got them banned.

On topic: gotta love it when companies take something they used to provide for free and slap it behind a paywall. I 100% guarantee that piracy of south park episodes will increase by 1000% once this takes effect.

Isn't it already free on southparkstudios? This seems redundant, no?

And it is not really free, it is Hulu.

walrusaurus:

soren7550:
Sounds more like a downgrade to me, considering that there's already a site that offers every episode for free, and officially to boot.

Also, what's with episodes 200 and 201 that got them banned/removed?

200 and 201 came out shortly after the big controversy with a Dutch(?) newspaper printing a comic depicting Muhammad and the subsequent riots that followed. 200 and 201 was south parks spoof on that. there was a lot of other really random things in those episodes, but thats what i believe got them banned.

On topic: gotta love it when companies take something they used to provide for free and slap it behind a paywall. I 100% guarantee that piracy of south park episodes will increase by 1000% once this takes effect.

I dunno where you are getting your information, but that had nothing to do with the censorship and banning. It was that some small Islam extremist group called "Revolution Muslim", which was pretty much just two guys, issued a "warning" to Parker and Stone that there would be consequences to airing a picture of Muhammad(something some might remember being a joke in the Family Guy Cancellation episode), at which point Comedy Central shit their pants and censored the episode without the creators' knowledge. Because, you know, it's not like the entire point of terrorism is using fear of violence to get their way or anything, and giving in to their demands would be pretty much telling them that terrorism works, amirite?

Roofstone:
Isn't it already free on southparkstudios? This seems redundant, no?

Again, it's not redundant, it's a downgrade. They were available at south park studios, but after the season 18 premier, only a revolving selection will be available there.

GabeZhul:

walrusaurus:

soren7550:
Sounds more like a downgrade to me, considering that there's already a site that offers every episode for free, and officially to boot.

Also, what's with episodes 200 and 201 that got them banned/removed?

200 and 201 came out shortly after the big controversy with a Dutch(?) newspaper printing a comic depicting Muhammad and the subsequent riots that followed. 200 and 201 was south parks spoof on that. there was a lot of other really random things in those episodes, but thats what i believe got them banned.

On topic: gotta love it when companies take something they used to provide for free and slap it behind a paywall. I 100% guarantee that piracy of south park episodes will increase by 1000% once this takes effect.

I dunno where you are getting your information, but that had nothing to do with the censorship and banning. It was that some small Islam extremist group called "Revolution Muslim", which was pretty much just two guys, issued a "warning" to Parker and Stone that there would be consequences to airing a picture of Muhammad(something some might remember being a joke in the Family Guy Cancellation episode), at which point Comedy Central shit their pants and censored the episode without the creators' knowledge. Because, you know, it's not like the entire point of terrorism is using fear of violence to get their way or anything, and giving in to their demands would be pretty much telling them that terrorism works, amirite?

I've never actually known why it was banned, hence the 'i believe.' If thats what happened then thats pretty messed up seeing as Muhammad was never actually shown in the episode, that was the whole joke. They get Muhammad to come to south park but he has to walk around in a giant bear costume because you're not allowed to look at him.

Hulu never made sense, you pay a subscription fee and still get commercials...what? Yes, you do the same for TV bla bla bla other competing services don't have that sooo why are people onboard with that demented service?

Snotnarok:
Hulu never made sense, you pay a subscription fee and still get commercials...what? Yes, you do the same for TV bla bla bla other competing services don't have that sooo why are people onboard with that demented service?

It's especially puzzling to me since Netflix for whatever its faults doesn't have ads at all. Frankly "Hulu without ads at all!" would be an utterly amazing carrot to bait people into Plus, but no you only get the slightly smaller stick of "Maybe 1 fewer ad per video". Hulu have suggested eventually (maybe in 2 to 3 years time) they'll eventually have a third super-tier of no ads at all, but it's frustrating for them to sell an unpremium premium service.

they act like this is the first time the entire series has been available for free

walrusaurus:

soren7550:
Sounds more like a downgrade to me, considering that there's already a site that offers every episode for free, and officially to boot.

Also, what's with episodes 200 and 201 that got them banned/removed?

200 and 201 came out shortly after the big controversy with a Dutch(?) newspaper printing a comic depicting Muhammad and the subsequent riots that followed. 200 and 201 was south parks spoof on that. there was a lot of other really random things in those episodes, but thats what i believe got them banned.

On topic: gotta love it when companies take something they used to provide for free and slap it behind a paywall. I 100% guarantee that piracy of south park episodes will increase by 1000% once this takes effect.

You mean the Cartoon Wars episodes? I though that those were fine (re-airing and availability wise).

exclusive to hulu? does this means they are removing episodes from their official website? i guess somone bribed them enough this time.

Covarr:

otakon17:
If it's only on Hulu, it's not free then. Besides, that's what South Park Studios is for!

No... Hulu's free service will have 'em too; this doesn't require Hulu Plus.

does not matter, hulu is only available in US so the other 6 billion people get screwed.

Charli:

...Not so kind to their international customers but that's because local law taxes them up the butts, and they can't share the US domain in the same breath. Sucks.

Grade A bullshit. You can allow streaming from their US site to worldwide without any extra taxes whatsoever. the main reason why streaming services is country specific is contracts as the mmonopolistic pigs copyright owners for whatever reason gets to decide what countries they want to let thier property shown. because that definatelly invokes science innovation (the reason copyright law was created).

Omnicrom:

Snotnarok:
Hulu never made sense, you pay a subscription fee and still get commercials...what? Yes, you do the same for TV bla bla bla other competing services don't have that sooo why are people onboard with that demented service?

It's especially puzzling to me since Netflix for whatever its faults doesn't have ads at all. Frankly "Hulu without ads at all!" would be an utterly amazing carrot to bait people into Plus, but no you only get the slightly smaller stick of "Maybe 1 fewer ad per video". Hulu have suggested eventually (maybe in 2 to 3 years time) they'll eventually have a third super-tier of no ads at all, but it's frustrating for them to sell an unpremium premium service.

Yeah...no sense, I don't get who'd support Hulu with that in mind.
I mean, look at Amazon Prime that service is MENTAL, you get included 2-day shipping from the site and then their video service among some other things I've not touched.

So, just about ANY service is better than Hulu sooooo who's supporting it? I mean TV is just about the only thing Hulu beats.

South Park has been rendered in 16:9 HD since Season 5, yet everything prior to S13 is Pan-Scanned and bleeped on SPS last I checked. In order to get the majority of South Park in its authentic form, you have to luck out for a prime-time CC-HD re-run (all afternoon broadcasts are forced pan-scan with extra censorship) and dub the DVD audio over it.

If Hulu can provide the uncensored HD South Park content that SPS and CC will not, then I would say it is most definitely worth the price.

 

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