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Someone pointed me to an accessible part of Showtime’s customer service website, so I quickly forwarded my concerns regarding the censorship of their website to them. After almost two months, they finally replied and here is the official response:
Response (Tony) | 02/27/2006 12:27 PM
Showtime’s programming is restricted to US distribution, per our studio agreements, and as such, the SHO.com website carries similar restrictions. While programming that is on Showtime may be distributed internationally by a separate company, Showtime’s website itself cannot support those ventures. You may want to encourage the channel through which you are watching Showtime co-produced programming to manage a website that supports its programming.
Thanks for your interest,
Showtime Customer Service
This still doesn’t make much sense to me. Even if the shows are restricted to U.S. distribution, why does the website — which at most shows some clips or and at least, information that the show exists — carry the same restrictions? What type of information on the website would violate distribution rights? Does Showtime lose any money by having someone in Canada or the UK read about US-only shows? Meanwhile, there are a ton of websites already dedicated to the shows that Showtime produces which are under no restrictions, so what is special about the Showtime website that needs to block everyone out?