“South Park” dwellers don’t have to go dumpster diving for streaming videos as of right now.
southparkstudios.com has launched with full-length episodes and clips from the cranky ani show’s 12 seasons.
“South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone said of their new home: “We got really sick of having to download our own show illegally all the time so we gave ourselves a legal alternative.”
As of this afternoon, all but the most recent of 169 episodes in the “South Park” library are up there.
The rollout scheme goes like this: New episodes will go up “as soon as possible” after they debut on Comedy Central and remain on the site for a week. Then it’s off to limbo. A month later, they’re back and in the archives.
So as of right now, you’ll have to be patiently wait a day for “Major Boobage.” Who wouldn’t. Headed for the netherworld soon is “Britney’s New Look” (embedded below, for a few days).
The site also offers those with no lives the “South Park” Avatar Generator, with which they can become one of the show’s twisted kids. Of course I did it. “They can pick from millions of combinations to create their perfect self portrait in the ‘South Park’ world. To date 35,000 Avatars have been created,” your MTV Networks press release said.
The generator worked fine, and the result (left) looked a bit like me only not barnacled enough.
Looks like another heh-heh public beta, open to the entire plant: “The site which rolled out a beta version last Wednesday has already received over three million page views, over two million video plays, and more than a million streams of full episodes,” the SP flackery noted.
Perhaps this “beta” will give them time to work on the s-l-o-w loading times.
The site seeks to go global, which should cheer the demented in Britain, Australia and the like. Here’s Ane Garefino of South Park Digital Studios:
“One goal in moving forward is to make every episode of ‘South Park’ available world-wide. Currently, full episodes are not available in the UK, Australia and a few other foreign territories but we’re not far off from making that happen. We have some contractual issues to sift through but we’re getting there.”
In other news of young superweathy men and their creations, Digg founders Kevin Rose and Jay Adelson are sending their own web-only “Diggnation” show to the slightly annoying Blip.tv, along with a few other series from their revision3.com
“More than a dozen Revision3-produced shows will be made available,” your press release raved. “Taking advantage of the open nature of blip.tv’s platform, Revision3 will make each show accessible in multiple formats ranging from Flash to Quicktime to DivX to 3gp for cell phones.” The shows also go out via the Blip distribution network.
Revision3 also has been encouraging viewers to get with the Miro open-source video player, a desktop ap good for Macs and PCs.
The shows already get a good ride around the Net but Blip provides some ad bucks and a decent platform.