Viacom is blocking full episodes of its own shows on its own websites. Viacom has done the same thing to other companies. But don’t take our word for it.
- Multichannel News and Variety have both reported that Viacom is the one blocking Suddenlink customers’ access.
- Jon Stewart criticized Viacom for doing this to DirecTV customers.
- The New York Post reported that Viacom did the same thing to Cable ONE customers.
In doing this, Viacom is violating the principles of an open Internet. If you agree, please consider contacting the FCC. Specifically, you can visit this page on the FCC website and click the proceeding number 14-28 next to “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet.” That should take you to any easy form you can fill out and submit. (Note: While the public comment period on this proceeding officially ended Sept. 15, the form to submit a comment was still available as of the date of this post. Also, we’ve been told it may take a while for the FCC to publish the comments it receives.)
In the meantime, the shows you like may be available through other, non-Viacom Internet sources. Thank you for your patience. We hope Viacom will reconsider and stop this action.