First NBC leaves Apple for AOL, and now Fox will be offering some of their fall premieres at no charge on iTunes. Programs such as “Bones,” “American Dad,” and “K-ville” are part of the package which becomes available the day after their launch dates. Check with the iTunes Store since some of the programs have already begun. We say thank you very much since we dig free stuff and not having to wait for reruns in case we missed episodes the first time around.
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NBC has announced that their new service, NBC Direct, allows users to download many primetime and late-night shows up to one week after airing. Beta testing will begin in October and includes shows such as “Heroes,” “The Office,” “Life,” “Bionic Woman,” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” In the future, the company will be offering a free subscription option for pre-selection of specific programs. The DRM downloads will work on PCs, Macs, as well as other handhelds. This is good news to those of us who still watch analog TV, but not so good for those with outdated computers who may not be able to handle the overload.
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Comcast and CBS have announced that eight of CBS’ primetime series will now be available at no cost through its VOD (video-on-demand) service. The shows included are CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, NCIS, Big Brother, Survivor, Jerico and Numb3rs.
Previously, Comcast had allowed viewings for $.99 per episode on CBS owned and operated stations. These “free” episodes will now contain commercials sold by CBS. Available to all On Demand viewers beginning the day after network airing, they will be viewable for four weeks. Considering that you can already watch those full episodes without commercial interruption at no charge on the CBS Website (via innertube), us non-subscibers can go there to play catch-up or just survive until the reruns.
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