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In what appears to be the most compelling sign yet for the coming end of days, Comedy Central's The Daily Show w/Jon Stewart has ended international access to full episodes via it's website.
The post to thier forums:
Yesterday, April 28, we restricted access to full episodes of The Daily Show for several countries outside of the U.S. We did so at the request of the content licensees who control the television broadcast rights to the show in those respective territories.

We want to make it clear that we hear you, the Daily Show fans. We read your posts and comments on the boards. And given the very reasonable user feedback you've posted, we fully appreciate that fans of the show outside of the U.S. want access to full episodes. Regrettably, the nature of international licensing makes that extremely complicated.

Please know that Comedy Central will continue to work with local TV broadcasters around the globe in hopes of granting access to these episodes in your country. In the meantime, you still have access to the rest of TheDailyShow.com, including these forums.

Thanks for your understanding.

The forum thread has over 270 responses at the moment(10:30 +2GMT). The response are nearly uniform in thier content "This is lame". I have to say, I completely agree.

It's a shame there are no channels in Finland broadcasting the daily show (free or otherwise). The same holds true for quite a large number of other countries.
As one of the first responders to this thread pointed out. "congratulations on chasing your technology savvy viewers to pirate bay, and losing viewers who can't be bothered trying to download it."
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From:mrcowman
Date:May 11th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Veoh, Hulu, and the BBC have been at this forever. Youtube can enforce regional rights on videos.. and now, it's spreading to the minds of other corperations.

http://gawker.com/5229900/the-global-village-is-too-poor-for-youtube
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