What are the pre-existing contractual obligations that stops south park studios from showing certain episodes?
after they have already been aired on tv?
- 9 years agoFavorite Answer
Licensing is the key to business. The truth is, SouthParkStudios.com, the way I know and remember it, can be streamed around the world... at least that's how I remember it because I was able to watch SouthParkStudios.com from Hong Kong.
Anyway, back to the point. Comedy Central/MTV Networks has to make episodes "clear to stream" to the site, so there's a pre-set time of which they allow anyone to watch these episodes on the internet. The reasons as to this are not disclosed to the public, but the least they have done is to give a clear sign of when to expect the episode to be available unless otherwise noted.
Some episodes may not be available at all, but knowing that there's a pre-existing contract means it will be online unless pulled by the said undisclosed contract.
The long story short is, they had it planned all along and there MAY be other people (like those probably outside the U.S.) that haven't seen the episode yet.
- PoohBearPenguinLv 79 years ago
Without actually looking at the contracts, I can't say for certain.
However I don't think there are any. I know Comedy Central has made decisions to not show certain episodes again - like the Tom Cruise In The Closet episode - due to certain spinelessness on Comedy Central's part in the face of celebrity douchery.
Comedy Central also censored the episode with Mohammad in it, causing the creators of South Park to almost cancel the show entirely out of disgust. You can read about that whole mess on the Wikipedia entry for South Park.