The year was 1997. ER successfully pulled off a live season premiere, Titanic became the most expensive movie ever made, and a little cable network called Comedy Central took what was essentially the first-ever viral video and turned it into an animated show called South Park. Seventeen seasons later, the Colorado boys have delivered a plethora of shenanigans and the show itself has redefined what cable television could get away with (mainly gross, irreverent, politically incorrect and, most of all, daring stunts).
Since its debut, the show has lampooned just about everything and everyone imaginable, from Martha Stewart to Kanye West to Canada. Not to over-dramatize it, but there’s a lot of history in the over 200 episodes that make up South Park’s 17 seasons thus far. And now that those 17 seasons are exclusively available on Hulu, with brand new episodes from season 18 available the day after they air, history has never been more stream-able.
Because we took into consideration that this news can be a lot of satire for you to take in all at once, we’ve compiled some of the series’ best moments into slightly more digestible groups from the best jokes, to classic episodes, to best celebrity episodes. If nothing else, it’s perfect viewing material for when you’re hanging out with Mr. Towlie.
Without further adieu, here are a few of our favorite clips from the history of South Park. Be sure to watch all of these and more, only on Hulu.
Kenny is South Parks most ill-fated character with more on-screen deaths than you can shake an orange hoodie at. Also, we’re not sure what he just said but we’re pretty sure it’s absolutely filthy.
Just because the characters of South Park show utter contempt for every convention of civilized society doesn’t mean they don’t need someone to hold them.
Eric Cartman might just be the greatest TV villain of all time. Revisit some of his most nefarious moments with this collection of greatest hits.
Before creators Matt and Trey became Broadway superstars with The Book of Mormon, they were writing songs for the good people of South Park and featuring popular classics in a whole new light.
South Park has turned roasting celebrities into a comedic art form. From Kanye West to Tom Cruise to Martha Stewart, no star is immune to Matt and Trey’s celebrity snark.
Canadians: they’re just like us, eh, guy? Here are the greatest moments featuring our friends to the North. What a wonderful day for Canada, and therefore the world.0
Canadians are as tied to Netflix as their cousins to the south, with nearly 40% of downstream traffic in the peak evening hours on select networks attributed to the streaming service. That’s roughly triple the traffic the service generated in Canada just three years ago.
And, said Sandvine, in its latest Global Internet Phenomena Program, no other OTT service comes close. The next highest SVOD service generates just 1% of traffic. But, said the company, that may be tied more to a lack of competition from strong services like Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant Video than from a lack of interest from consumers, which should make Canada an attractive target for other services.
As for mobile traffic, more than 20% of all downstream traffic is YouTube video, making it the largest single traffic generator in Canada.
Sandvine said a variety of social networks combine to generate about a quarter of all mobile traffic, with the three largest consumers of data being Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
The top streaming content? Hockey. O, Canada!
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On the heels of a report from Ericsson that said consumers were watching nearly as much streaming TV as traditional TV, Canada’s broadcast regulator has issued its own report that said Internet viewing was up and TV viewing down in 2013.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in its annual report said Canadians increased their Internet TV viewing by 46% to 1.9 hours a week, and said viewers across all age groups watched less TV in 2013 than they did in 2012. Viewers aged 18- to 34-years-old trimmed their viewing time the most, about 4%.
The CRTC said time spent watching traditional TV about 20 hours a week is 10X more than online video viewing time, but reported the lead continues to narrow.
Netflix has had a big impact, and it’s continuing to grow. Twenty-nine percent of English speaking Canadians now subscribe to the SVOD service, up from 21% a year earlier. Among French-speaking Canadians, adoption has increased to 7% from 5%, the CRTC said.
The [traditional] companies are trying all sorts of tactics to increase the use of mobile TV by their subscribers because it’s a way to offset the pressure on conventional TV, Maher Yaghi, an analyst at Desjardins Securities, told the Financial Post. So the faster that part of the business grows, the better it will be for them. But at this point it’s still not big enough to compensate for the decline in the overall pie.
In 2013, pay-TV operators saw revenues slip1.6% to $5.4 billion, the second consecutive year of declines.
Online video revenues in Canada, meanwhile, increased 10% to $926 million.
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