11/08/2005

Television industry changing fast

So, ABC announces a deal with iTunes, so CBS and NBC decide to get in on the act. This is incredibly promising for the network, but bad news for the affiliates around the country.

Comcast said beginning in January, its digital subscribers in certain markets -- but not those served by CBS affiliates -- will have download access to episodes of four CBS shows: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "NCIS," "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race." In some cases, the shows will be available within hours of their original airing.

Meanwhile, DirecTV subscribers who use the satellite service's digital video recorder features will have access to a menu of shows from NBC and Bravo, including "Law & Order: SVU," "The Office," and "Battlestar Galactica."


I don't use the local television stations that much, but I bet you I would if I could their material on demand. I get more news from 16/19/27 than 29 because their stories are accessible through the net, and my google searches
pick up their headlines.

Right now, if I miss an episode of the Amazing Race, I have to try my luck at getting a copy from illegal sources. One day I see a market for television shows that is independent of networks, aggregators of eyeballs, gatekeepers of ideas. And, that day is coming closer and closer.

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