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TV Guide Promotes Teenager’s Pirated Star Trek Video Channel August 23, 2007

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: TNG , trackback

The current issue of TV Guide has an interesting Trek item in their regular ‘Hotlist: Best of the Web’ sidebar. It announces that Star Trek The Next Generation is now available to view online for free at VEOH.com That is big news as TNG is the only Trek series not available online (plus TOS, DS9, VOY and ENT episodes all cost $1.99 at XBox Live, Amazon UnBox and Apple iTunes). But once you visit the channel TV Guide lists it quickly becomes clear that this is not a new offering from CBS (who have an official VEOH channel), but rather pirated episodes being uploaded by a Norwegian teenage girl named Monica (aka ‘Meopic90′ pictured right). In addition to the channel owner clue, each episode is branded with the name and url of an unauthorized torrent site…oops.

It is likely that most TV Guide readers will assume that since it is listed in TV Guide it is a legit thing. VEOH.com is a large well established site with big backers. Both CBS and Paramount have official channels on it – both prominently displayed on the front page. VEOH also distinguishes itself from YouTube and others by allowing easy downloads in addition to streaming.

The TV Guide Listing…

 

Although I am sure Monica is happy to be promoted in one of the largest circulation magazines in the world, CBS is not amused. CBS has confirmed with TrekMovie.com that this channel not authorized. No comment was available from TV Guide. 

 

UPDATE: The channel and account has been removed…no doubt CBS made a call. The next question is…will CBS go after TV Guide for promoting piracy…maybe not otherwise their fall shows may all suddenly get bad reviews.  

 

Thanks to John Tenuto for the tip and the scan.

Comments

1. First - August 23, 2007

Premier

2. Shatner_Fan_2000 - August 23, 2007

There must be something in the water in Norway…

3. Dennis Bailey - August 23, 2007

Love it. :)

4. SirMartman - August 23, 2007

Heres hoping that the CBS, The TV Guide and the police all join forces and take this person to court.

I think she will be easy to find, *smerk,,*and hopfuly they will make a good example of her and what happens to people that are involed in priating and torrent sites.

:-)

5. Pizza Hotdog - August 23, 2007

Quality not too bad for streaming. I just wonder who’s going to pay for the bandwidth now? No doubt Monica just became very popular, and no kidding CBS is not amused. My heart just bleeds for multi million (billion?) dollar corporations.

For those who sqawk about TOS being the only Trek there is, I must say there were a lot of really good TNG episodes. Remption being just one of many. (Thanks Monica for the memories)

490 dtST

6. Ergo - August 23, 2007

Far be it for me to point out that torrent sites are not, in fact illegal and neither are bittorrents per se.

As for taking this girl to court, that would depend on what Norweigan law(s) shes breaking. I suspect that getting the TNG episodes removed from Veoh would be easier than taking a teenager to court *rolls eyes*

7. Pizza Hotdog - August 23, 2007

Typo on previous (Redemption) was the epiosde mentioned.

Anthony, any chance of adding the ability to edit one’s posts’?

8. operations - August 23, 2007

This is just one of the LOL moments :-)

9. Demode - August 23, 2007

She’s kinda cute… lol…

10. Zev Love X - August 23, 2007

Bah, the way I see it, free TNG on the web is a nice way to get even for that comically priced $200+ tag on the TOS-R DVD’s later this year.

11. Trekker670 - August 23, 2007

There are a bunch of episodes available. At one point most of Voyager and Enterprise were available (probably about 3/4 of the episode from both series) but since then many were deleted for copyright infringement.

12. paustin - August 23, 2007

looks like shes about to expose her Norweigan ta ta’s in that picture.

13. John CT - August 23, 2007

What a stupid cow.

14. Rastaman - August 23, 2007

Love her TNG Season 1-4 hairstyle. Reminds me of Lt. Yar’s sister actually.

15. Allister Gourlay - August 23, 2007

oh dear the cheek…hehehe!
saves me digging out my tng DVD’s!

16. IrishTrekkie - August 23, 2007

just went and lest her a comment , i am sure cbs will make her stop , but i know there not stupid enough to take a 16 ! year old to court . anyway fair play to her lol.

17. sean - August 23, 2007

#4 Why don’t you just call for her execution? Jeez.

18. ews - August 23, 2007

Just clicked the link in this article for her site and was greeted with ‘This user’s account has been closed’.

19. Oceanhopper - August 23, 2007

Hee hee. The crazy things that happen when people get miffed with each other.

20. Charles Trotter (Chuck Amuck) - August 23, 2007

CBS may not be amused, but I sure am. TV Guide promoting piracy? That is hilarious. Just goes to show you someone at the Guide didn’t do some research.

21. Mayhem - August 23, 2007

Her channel has already been pulled… and I was in MID-EPISODE too!

bummer.

22. Charles Trotter (Chuck Amuck) - August 23, 2007

That was quick…

23. Plum - August 23, 2007

She’s sexy. :)

24. Lao3D - August 23, 2007

[Insert nacelle cap joke of your choice here]

Sounds like there may some job openings soon at TVG…

25. SirMartman - August 23, 2007

RE : 6. Ergo – August 23, 2007

Shes taken a show for nothing
(thats stealing),,

put it on a web site for others to see,, without charge
( thats priating )

Theres the torrent site thats advertised all over the place
( thats bad for all movie companys that are trying to stamp out priating)

I still stand by what I say, Priating of any form must be stopped and I still hope she ends up in court.

Oh and by the way,, torrent sites and all forms of priating ARE against the law.

where I come from,if you take something without payment , they call that theift !

26. brady - August 23, 2007

Does anyone know when STNV WEAT starts tonight?

27. brady - August 23, 2007

WE MUST STOP PRIATING!!!..as soon as i figure out what Priating is lol ALSO we must stop illiteracy in our time.

28. Mike T. - August 23, 2007

Technically, if i’m not mistaken, wasn’t TNG aired on television for FREE back in the 1980’s and 1990’s?
Can you really call it pirating if you can still turn your TV on and watch a show for free ( or for what you pay for cable or sat. TV since you can’t get the Spike channel or G4 channel over the air)?

I could see it if she was charging money to view TNG or selling bootleg DVD’s, but come on, it’s not like taking a CD and putting it on the internet for free, that way you are depriving the artist of making money. TNG was on regular TV in syndication for free like a million years ago before they came up with the idea of selling video tapes and then DVD’s.

If somebody wants to sit infront of a monitor and watch a crappy image of TNG, let them. If they want to watch a high quality image in front of a large screen TV they will by DVD’s like I did. Stop trying to squeeze every last penny out of the Trek fans. Go make some new material like maybe direct to DVD stories of TNG, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise.

29. Mark Lynch - August 23, 2007

Didn’t take long for someone to act. Her account is now closed guys and girls…… lol

30. Hon. David Kulessa - August 23, 2007

Good on her.

31. Kevin - August 23, 2007

Viacom is one of biggest sue happy companies of all time. Is she nutz?

Yeah, she’s not getting money for it. They’re still aired on TV. But those stations pay CBS money and make money off of advertising.

She’s gonna sued for lost profit.

This is gonna send Viacom on another one of their “taking unlicensed props and merchandise from fans by force, shut down any unlicensed web site and sue everyone” crusades.

Looks like I’ll have to find a reason to get back into Star Wars for a while.

32. David - August 23, 2007

Yes, this was definitely a case of (1.) bad judgment on her part as this was definitely illegal, and (2.) stupidity on TV Guides part for not realizing the faux-pas in the first place LOL.

But it WAS fun watching a few episodes this afternoon before they brought it all down.

33. CmdrR. - August 23, 2007

Trying to watch WEAT now. Didn’t know til I got to the site there was a 6p ET showing. There’s a 10p ET also. But, I’m not sure I’m doing it right. HA. I’m kinda hoping that after they have their big event, they’ll let low-tech boobs like me download it.

34. The revolutionary - August 23, 2007

VIva the Revolution!!!! Behold the future…. Soon the corprofascist minions of orthodoxy will not be able to stop the signal. Behold the truth!!!! Power to the people

35. CmdrR. - August 23, 2007

You say you wanna rev-o-lu-shu-un. We-ell, you know. iPods still cost 800 bucks.

36. CmdrR. - August 23, 2007

oops. meant iphones

37. JUSTINTIME - August 23, 2007

Ain’t It Cool News has a new interview with Zach Quinto.
He talks about Spock.

38. Dave - August 23, 2007

Is it me or does she have big bubbleys?

39. Gary - August 23, 2007

She has big bubbleys.

40. Gary - August 23, 2007

BAH! Paramount Overprices trek and thinks that we are going to pay twice as much to watch our beloved show? ha ha!

41. Charles Trotter (Chuck Amuck) - August 23, 2007

For some reason, that chick’s picture reminds me of Joe Dirt…

42. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - August 23, 2007

PRIATING = Coaxing a priapism? If so, Monica’s photo certainly priated me…

43. Harry Ballz - August 23, 2007

Hey, don’t call her nacelle caps “bubbleys”!!

44. trektacular - August 23, 2007

TOS was on you tube for a while also, man I miss the days when you could watch Trek on free TV

45. Paul - August 23, 2007

Long Live Monica! :-) We need more people like her around.

And BTW, dear SirMartman, she´s Norwegian, meaning she´s from Norway, meaning she´s not an American, unless there it’s a town named Norway somewhere in USA (woudn´t be surprised). It might surprise you, but your courts have no clout here in Europe. :-P

46. tadayou - August 24, 2007

@25

Torrent sites are NOT illegal, neither are .torrent files. Why should they?

I mean, following your logic CD-Rs or video tapes would be illegal.

It always depends on what you do with the material.
And I guess since she’s Norwegian and 16 there’s nothing much US authorities could do, especially if Norway has similar copyright laws as for example Sweden (the pirate bay, anyone?).

And by the way – just to mention it: DVDs are in many European countries more expansive than in the US of A… : / So don’t blame that girl… blame the greedy companies and the Euro as well, for that matter : )

47. SirMartman - August 24, 2007

RE :45. Paul – August 23, 2007

http://www.american.edu/initeb/bb3747a/Norway%20-%20Legal%20Environment.htm

and no,, Im not in the States

48. James31278 - August 24, 2007

I wish she would expose her “Norweigan ta ta’s”. lol Toobad her account was closed she does look kinda cute.

49. Cygnus-X1 - August 24, 2007

“…will CBS go after TV Guide for promoting piracy…maybe not otherwise their fall shows may all suddenly get bad reviews.”

It’s good to be TV Guide.

P.S. – More pics of the criminal girl wearing low-cut tops.

50. Charles Trotter (Chuck Amuck) - August 24, 2007

#48, #49 — Um…….. she’s 16.

51. Diabolik - August 24, 2007

The proper term is “man pillows.”

52. Charles Trotter (Chuck Amuck) - August 24, 2007

The proper term is “underage.”

53. Maffc - August 24, 2007

re #50 and 52, she’s not underage in Norway (16) in fact many countries around the world have an age of consent around 16 inc a number of US states (Spain’s is 13 would you believe)

54. Anthony Pascale - August 24, 2007

she may be legal in some states or countries, but the avg trekkie and I assume the avg reader is certainly old enough to be her father and many here could be her grandfather. I would certainly expect you all to act accordingly.

55. petitspock - August 24, 2007

Is it just me, or does she look like Peter Krause in drag?

56. Mr Regular - August 25, 2007

Anthony-
Thank you. Might I suggest to the other posters who don’t agree with Anthony and Charles Trotter to please take your underage tastes somewhere else?

57. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - August 26, 2007

You can get off your high horse now.

58. josiah - August 29, 2007

#54, WTFABBQ…

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