"Hulu head of content Craig Erwich announced at TCA today that the streaming website was landing the exclusive steaming rights to South Park“. Starting July 12, Hulu will stream all 244 episodes for free until September 24 when they switch to Hulu Plus. “South Park ranks in our top 10 shows each month and hits the sweet spot for our demo,” said Erwich, “We’ll have every season of the series.” The deal is between Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s South Park Studios, a joint venture between Viacom and the South Park creators.
In a surprise appearance at the Hulu, Parker and Stone expounded on the news. Said Stone, “We worked with the Viacom player a few years ago, and there would be glitches and bugs following the upload of South Park. However, Hulu was out of the gate fast and had a better player. We looked at their player with envy, and we always wanted to have the best possible platform for our show.” Parker quipped about Hulu, “We wanted to rip off their technology.”
Via South Park Studios:
"Hulu and South Park Digital Studios announced today the exclusive, multi-year licensing agreement to stream all seasons of “South Park” on the Hulu Plus subscription service. In addition, the entire “South Park” library will be available for free on Hulu from now until the premiere of season 18 this fall (Sept. 24). Fans will have next-day access to new episodes on Hulu and Hulu Plus starting with season 18. SouthPark.cc.com will continue to have all seasons of South Park until the beginning of season 18, at which point both Hulu and SouthPark.cc.com will have a revolving selection of free episodes available. Hulu will power the video and advertising experience on SouthPark.cc.com.”
South Park co-creator Matt Stone is leaving the door open to working on another video game with fellow showrunner Trey Parker. “We’ll see how it’s received,” he told IGN with a laugh as we sat with him shortly before the launch of his well-received RPG The Stick of Truth. “This was a hellacious undertaking – much more than when we signed up for it. Never say never. I would do it again, in some fashion. I think that video games are really interesting.”
Stone discussed how getting a game that he and Parker were integral to the development to was a far cry from the early days of South Park, when they’d simply license the property out and exert no creative control. “I think we got into it casually. [We said], ‘Oh that’d be cool to do a video game.’ Visually, technical stuff…we can figure that out.
“[But] you sit and watch South park [on TV] a certain way…[and] a game is consumed a certain way. It engages different parts of your brain. The natural rhythms of comedy that we know pretty well from the TV comedy universe, they’re different from a game. And they have to be different, and you can’t resist it. You have to go, ‘Yeah, it’s gonna be different’ instead of being a joke. It’s gonna be a tool that you use that’s gonna be funny when you use it. I would start differently now if we started again.”
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South Park: The Stick of Truth reportedly has seven censored scenes in Europe, The Middle East and Africa.
BT.com reports that the scenes in question have been replaced with on-screen text that describes what’s happening behind the censorship.
The site adds that documentation sent with its review copy confirms that a mini-game involving a doctor performing an abortion on the player and again with the player performing the same procedure on Randy Marsh, as well as five anal probe scenes have been censored.
The accompanying literature adds, “Seven scenes of about 20 seconds each are censored in the EMEA console versions of South Park: The Stick of Truth. The decision to cut this content from the game was made by Ubisoft EMEA.”
UPDATE: our local Ubisoft rep has been in touch to say that the censorship is purely a marketing decision and that the scenes are also censored in the UK.
The source document states, “Each censored scene is replaced by an image background and a description text selected by Matt & Trey.”