Thursday, October 04, 2007

Dear Comedy Central

To whom it may concern:

I love The Daily Show. I like the Colbert Report. I watch South Park. I watch Reno 911 sometimes and I loved the movie. I've even been known to watch parts of an episode of Drawn Together. Sometimes, I can't watch the shows I like, nor make it to the endless reruns of the episodes I miss. If I have time during the day, I'll watch them online.

I can understand why you swiftly and efficiently remove your videos from YouTube, even the one about Dimitri Martin talking about videos being removed from YouTube. I can even sympathize with your desire to earn some revenue by hosting ads before the clips you have on your lovely website. Could you do me just one favor, please? Could you try to ensure that the requested video actually plays instead of just skipping to the next ad? I marvel at your ability to make me think for a second that maybe I clicked the wrong link, when instead I am just being screwed by your assheaded attempts to wring Jon Stewart for every drop of gold in his humor. He's a funny man and his fans are legion. Perhaps you could throw us a fucking bone maybe? I mean, I wouldn't want to put you out of sorts with our corporate overlords and all, but I don't think they would object if you actually played the requested video, cobagz.

Let me explain how this works. I click the link, the ad loads, plays and then the clip loads, plays and I move on happy and thankful that I can see a show I missed. This shouldn't be too hard to figure out, since there are literally hundreds, perhaps thousands, of non-porn sites that have figured this arcane trick out. Most of those websites probably don't have even a tenth of the starpower of the Daily Show.

In closing, why must you be so fucking inept?

UPDATE: As of 10:30 am Friday, they seem to have fixed it. Sort of. The commercial played 6 damn times before finally getting to the load screen of the clip I wanted to watch. Unsurprisingly, the clip is loading slower than molasses in winter, but we have progress. I was about to send this post to Comedy Central but wanted to be fair and see if their shitty site would work somewhat properly today. Their advertising is wasted on me as I use a different cellular provider.

It is the only one that receives signal in the Metro tunnels. From what I have heard, all providers were supposed to have roaming service on the Metro lines but this particular carrier built the network and then told the DC government and the Metro board to suck it. Since the DC government is rather similar to an aging hooker, they were unable to bite back. That cellular carrier remains the sole provider in the Metro and others can not even make roaming calls. This story has never been confirmed so take it with a pile of salt.


Kathleen said...

Amen, brother chuckles.

Adorable said...

I double dog dare you to e-mail that to them.

Do it.