One-Fifth of Stewart/Colbert Rally Viewers Streamed Online

The Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear attracted over 250,000 attendees, but those who didn’t brave the crowds still tuned in. Saturday’s live broadcast was watched by 2.0 million viewers, but there were 575,000 live streams — meaning that one-fifth of those who watched, watched online.

Where to Watch Jon Stewart’s Daily Show Rally Live Online

This is what democracy looks like: Countless fans of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will come to the National Mall in Washington D.C. this Saturday to demonstrate for sanity and fear, respectively. Can’t be amongst them? Don’t worry, the entire spectacle will be streamed live online.

Happy News TV Fans: You Can Resume Watching Viacom TV on Time Warner Cable!

Less than 48 hours after they started taking swipes at each other, Time Warner Cable (s TWX) and Viacom (s VIA.b) have kissed and made up. The two parties have reached a deal that would allow Time Warner Cable & Brighthouse Networks’ customers to keep getting Viacom-owned channels such as Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV and VH1. These channels carry shows such as SpongeBob, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report.

The two parties struck a deal sometime after midnight, which means no disruptions for TWC customers. The two parties refused to give details of the new arrangement. Well as long as there are no new surprises at the end of the month for TWC, a couch-potato crisis has been averted. According to a report by the Associated Press:

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Viacom to Take Jon Stewart, MTV & SpongeBob Off The Air on Time Warner Cable Networks

What would happen to New York if The Daily Show went off the air? Where would hipsters get their daily Moment of Zen? No Spongebob Squarepants either – which means the Upper East side mommies would actually have to talk to their kids. A dispute between Time Warner Cable and Viacom (s VIA.b) over fees is going to impact Time Warner Cable (s TWX) customers in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and several other cities on January 1. The channels likely to go off the air include Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1 and MTV.

At the crux of the problem: Viacom wants to increase the rights fees to its 19 channels. Time Warner Cable says this is a bad time to be asking consumers to pay more money to watch television. Given the state of the economy, TWC seems to have a point. To this Viacom counters in a press release:

The renewal we are seeking is reasonable and modest relative to the profits TWC enjoys from our networks. We have asked for an increase of less than 25 cents per month, per subscriber, which adds up to less than a penny per day for all 19 of MTV Networks’ channels. We make this request because TWC has so greatly undervalued our channels for so long. Americans spend more than 20% of their TV viewing time watching our networks, yet our fees amount to less than 2.5% of what Time Warner generates from their average customer.

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