NEW YORK, October 18, 2007 — comedycentral.com is partying like its 1999! COMEDY CENTRAL, a division of MTV Networks Entertainment Group, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), announced today that comedycentral.com, the Emmy®-nominated and Webbyreg; Award-winning Web site, has launched thedailyshow.com, the ultimate online destination for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” fans. The new site features video clips from every episode dating back to 1999, the year Jon Stewart took over the reins of “The Daily Show,” and will be expanded to include the show’s entire video history, totaling well over 13,000 high-quality clips.
“There continues to be a rabid appetite for COMEDY CENTRAL programming online,” said Erik Flannigan, executive vice president, digital media, COMEDY CENTRAL. “With thedailyshow.com, we have created an online destination that raises the bar by providing an exhaustive video library for everything ‘Daily Show.’ This site exemplifies MTV Networks’ strategy of creating in-depth, engaging vertical sites for our vast library of quality programming.”
Visitors to thedailyshow.com can watch video clips from last night’s show, the week’s best moments and videos spanning the full Jon Stewart era — including guest interviews, correspondent segments and a myriad of other highlights, including many clips never seen since their original airing. In addition, the site will extend the users’ experience with episode synopses, correspondent (past and present) profile pages, embeddable video, games, downloads, mobile content and merchandise. In addition thedailyshow.com will feature one-click bookmarking and link-sharing with sites such as Facebook, digg.com, del.icio.us and Fark.com.
With extensive tagging, themed playlists, specialized search tools and video-sharing capabilities, thedailyshow.com offers fans an enriched, cross-indexed experience that makes it simple to revisit popular past segments such as “This Week in God,” “Even Stevphen,” every Beth Littleford and Steve Carell piece, as well as all current and past correspondent pieces.
In addition to thedailyshow.com homepage offering last night’s show clips, last week’s segments, and upcoming guests, the site will also feature “The Wayback Randomizer,” which will randomly pick a clip from any show 1999 to present with a click of a button; and “The Daily Show in the News,” featuring press coverage that relates to show In other media.
Upcoming thedailyshow.com features will include detachable video playback, which will allow the user to both view a video clip and to continue browsing the site; a wiki that will empower fans to enhance the information on the site; user-generated playlists; and a public forum.
The launch of thedailyshow.com is sponsored by AT&T, Hyundai and TiVo.
COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in more than 91 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of VIACOM Inc.’s (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) MTV Networks. COMEDY CENTRAL’s Internet address is www.comedycentral.com. For up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs visit Press Central, COMEDY CENTRAL’s press web site at www.comedycentral.com/press.
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