The secret weapon behind The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and The Soup

Ever wondered how your favorite late-night comedy show sifts through all of those cable news clips to bring you the most ridiculous? According an article posted online by The Wrap, much of the credit goes to editing bays full of caffeinated employees. But a technology called SnapStream makes their work easier. Despite being a mere 14 years old, the Houston-based company is a must-have for hosts from Jon Stewart to Joel McHale, as well as The Daily Show, The Soup, The Colbert Report, and Last Week Tonight, as well as broadcast networks. SnapStream not only records hours of television, but searches for key words and phrases through closed captioning. Because the service for viewers who are hearing impaired is federally mandated, companies like SnapStream can use it to track whatever shows need.

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