Comedy Central launches new iOS app for South Park, Colbert and Jon Stewart


Fans of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert just got another way to catch up on the latest episodes from their favorite late-night faux journalists: Comedy Central launched an iOS app Tuesday that promises access to close to 200 episodes of a variety of the network’s shows, including full seasons of shows like Futurama and Chappelle’s Show.

Some of that content will only be available to viewers who authenticate with their pay TV provider, but next-day access to the Colbert Report, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and South Park will be available to all viewers, regardless of whether they subscribe to cable or not.

Interestingly enough, Comedy Central decided not to add any second-screen components that would for example deliver additional content to a tablet while viewers watch a show on TV to the app, and instead bills it as a “first-screen app.” That’s consistent with a move away from second-screen app experiences at other networks. In September, an ABC executive said that the network views second-screen apps as “a distraction.”

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