"Pay Per View” sounds like “paper view.” An obvious joke is:
“I’ve been watching the Origami Channel. It’s paper view.”
The “paper view” origami joke has been cited in print since at least 1997 and 2002, when it was popularized in the United Kingdom.
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origami cable network
I heard this on a syndicated radio program hosted by Gary Burbank, of the Broadbank Burbcasting Corporation (BBC). He was telling this joke as he imitated Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story” program.
of the network:
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Teh monkeh is saved
ITV sport have just announced a new deal to get the channel up and running again.
They are to broadcast the world origami championships live from Tokyo next month.
It will be available only on paper view.
19 July 2002, The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec), “D’Arcy McGee grad seeks quorum to party” by Mike Boone, pg. A2:
Best one this week from The Fiver in the soccer section of The Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch’s Sky TV has just won the rights to screen the World Origami Championships from Tokyo.
Unfortunately, it’s only available on paper view.
ITV Digital had the British rights, but they folded.
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Sky have just won the rights to screen the World Origami Championships exclusively live from Tokyo.
Unfortunately it’s only available on Paper View.
It was going to be available on On-Digital, but that folded.
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Is it true that it will only be available on paper view?
CNN has just won the rights to broadcast the World Origami Championships.
Unfortunately it’s only available on paper view.
2:54 AM - 22 Dec 2008
the origami championships are on sky, but only on paper-view http://www.racing-confidential.co.uk
9:34 AM - 11 Mar 2009
I’ve been watching the Origami Channel. It’s paper view. #MrsFryGags
5:02 PM - 1 Jul 2009
1001 Kid’s Jokes
By Kay Barnham
London: Arcturus Publishing
Why don’t people watch TV shows about origami?
Because they’re paper view.
There’s a new TV show on tonight about origami.
It’s paper view.
2:39 PM - 24 Nov 2016