NEW YORK, September 18, 2008 — The Colbert Nation and Comedycentral.com are the true mavericks. Forget empty promises, these two forces working together have embraced change and delivered the new ColbertNation.com, the ultimate online destination and authority for “The Colbert Report” fans. The new site reinvents the way in which fans of “The Colbert Report” can learn about the show, watch videos and become Colbert Nation “heroes” by participating in the broader online community. The ColbertNation.com site features video clips from every episode dating back to 2005, the year that “The Colbert Report” launched, giving viewers a full screen video experience and a first-hand look back to the meteoric rise of the South Carolina Presidential candidate Stephen Colbert.
“I’m thrilled with our new Web site. I only wish John McCain knew how to get there,” said Colbert.
“The re-launch of ColbertNation.com unites Stephen’s fan community with the show’s complete video archives,” said Erik Flannigan, executive vice president, digital media, COMEDY CENTRAL. “I look forward to more digital escapades from the Nation as Stephen continues to connect with his audience through the new Web site.”
The new ColbertNation.com is the hub for all things Colbert featuring links to every Colbert related gossip online. It is the best place to stay up-to-date on all the latest news and buzz about the show. On the home page, users can find information about upcoming guests, special events and on-air stunts like the “Green Screen Challenges.” The homepage also includes an area called “State of the Nation” which not only reflects site activity like the most recently posted videos, but gives users updates on everything happening in Colbert’s world on and off the show.
ColbertNation.com features a complete video archive of the four seasons of the Peabody® Award-winning and Emmy®-nominated “The Colbert Report,” an improved video viewing experience, extensive tagging, new tools for discovering video clips and brand new community features. For the first-time ever, every minute of every season of “The Colbert Report” are available in video clip form for users to enjoy. Every clip has been meticulously described and tagged, giving the users the best search mechanism. With a single click, users can access iconic segments like “The Word” and “Better Know District” or they can sculpt their own search by combining tags – the power is in their hands. In addition, recommended collections of videos will be made available to users who are looking for a fun place to start exploring the world of “The Colbert Report,” or users can browse through all the videos from fan-favorite segments. All clips are available to be viewed in full screen, embedded on blogs and shared with friends. The most recent episodes will be available in their original on-air form with limited commercial interruptions.
ColbertNation.com truly embraces and celebrates the community that revolves around Stephen Colbert. Members can start their own blog, upload photos and connect with other fans of “The Colbert Report.” They can also voice their opinion by rating clips, leaving comments and starting discussions with other members. ColbertNation.com is powered by the Flux platform which allows visitors to create their own ColbertNation.com profile, allowing them to interact with other members of the community and mark out which clips are their favorite.
The launch of ColbertNation.com is sponsored by Infiniti and MasterCard.
“The Colbert Report” airs regularly Monday-Thursday at 11:30 p.m. following “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Repeat episodes air Monday-Thursday at 1:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Friday at 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (all times ET/PT).
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