‘South Park’ Originally Streamed on Hulu Because of Technical Issues, Trey Parker and Matt Stone Once Said


HBO Max is now the streaming home for all seasons South Park, as well as new episodes as they air. However, from 2013 to 2020, Hulu carried every season of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s animated show. Before HBO Max was an option, Parker and Stone said they chose Hulu because of a technical issue with Comedy Central’s website.

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Hulu presented a panel with Parker and Stone to the Television Critics Association in 2013 to announce South Park on their streaming service. Here’s how Parker and Stone went about their choices.

What is ‘South Park Studio’?

South Park It began airing on Comedy Central in 1997. In those early days of the Internet, web video was primitive. The South Park Studios website still exists on Comedy Central’s website. South Park material, but by 2013, Parker and Stone knew the show needed a functional home.

“We worked with the Viacom team,” Stone said of South Park Studios. “The Viacom team had its own video player. And it was in the early stages of technology for a video player at the time that we had nothing to do with what the Viacom team did. It was quite bitter.”

Stone recalled navigating technical difficulties with his website.

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“We would go to our site, and there would be glitches and bugs,” Stone said. “To deal with all that technical stuff we don’t really understand.”

Hulu Came With Streaming Video

Hulu launched in 2008. Before it was a great set top app, Hulu streamed TV shows on its website. it affected them South Park Creator.

“Right out of the gate Hulu really had a better tech experience than anyone,” Stone said. “The people we’ve worked with at Viacom are great, and it’s been great. We got rid of all those problems over the years and stuff. I think we’ve always been a Hulu player with envy, We were like, ‘Man, we want our shows to always have the best possible performance.’ I guess, in the back of our minds, we’re always on the lookout for how we partner with Hulu?”

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Parker corrects Stone. a partnership between South Park And Hulu wasn’t his first thought.

“We were first trying to figure out how we could rip off their player,” Parker said. “How can we steal their technology? And, then, we realized we couldn’t. So it would be better if we do it the old fashioned way.”

‘South Park’ survives multiple eras of streaming

By 2013, television had entered a new era. South Park The realities of streaming had to be met. This included smartphones with the ability to stream broadcast quality video, and services like Hulu that offered high quality even at home. By 2020, streaming services have expanded so much that South ParkThe owner, WarnerMedia, had their own platform they wanted to host. South Park.

“I think the exclusivity reflects the commercial reality of what’s going on,” Stone said in 2013. “What used to work six years ago doesn’t work as much now. We have 250 episodes, and we have a lot to feed the different windows. Although I think South Park Translates really well to phones and screens and everything else, we always like to look our best and play our best. “

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