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.