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September 19, 2007

NBC tries free TV show downloads too

The NBC television network seems to be trying a little bit of everything to snag Internet viewers. In addition to selling shows via Amazon Unbox (mentioned last week), they have announced a new service called NBC Direct which allows free download and viewing of a selection of NBC programming for up to a week after a program airs.


Posted at 9:34 pm. Filed under Companies, Internet, Internet TV, NBC, P2P, Video Downloads

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August 3, 2006

Internet televisions coming next year

There’s already Internet television programming, so what not an Internet Television on which to watch it? Apparently they’ll be arriving next year from several Japanese electronics manufacturers:

Sony, Matsushita and three other Japanese electronics makers plan to start selling Internet televisions next year, the Nihon Keizai newspaper reported Thursday.

The new TVs aim to make accessing video and similar online content easier than with current methods such as computers, the newspaper said without saying how it got its information. The other companies are Sharp Corp., Toshiba Corp. and Hitachi Ltd.

They are jointly going to be publishing a common “Internet TV” standard which ought to be interesting since there are so many competing services and digital rights management schemes today.

Posted at 11:17 am. Filed under Companies, Hitachi, Internet, Internet TV, Matsushita, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba

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November 18, 2005

NBC Universal Licenses Content to P2P

Ed Oswald at BetaNews:

Marking the first time a major studio has agreed to work with a peer-to-peer service, NBC Universal on Friday announced a deal with Wurld Media, creator of the legal Peer Impact P2P service. The agreement would allow users to download Universal movies and NBC TV events for a fee.

Customers would be able to “rent” movies from the service and view them within a 24-hour window. NBC said that it wanted to give its viewers another way to access the studio’s content in a way that protects it from illegal distribution.

Unlike other P2P networks, Peer Impact itself is the only authorized user that can upload content to the network. The company says this prevents illegal content from being transferred through its servers.

The service already offers downloadable video games, and music that is either in MP3 format or protected using Windows Media’s DRM technology.

Some of the movies slated to become available through the service include “Ray,” “Meet the Fockers” and “The Bourne Supremacy.” TV shows will include “Jerry Springer: Uncensored” and the company’s “Blind Date” franchise, among others.

More old Universal movies, less “Jerry Springer: Uncensored” please! More seriously, this is just like the AOL-Warner Bros. deal earlier in the week in that the customer is expected to join a peer-to-peer network in order to view the content, but in this case they get to pay for it too. Doesn’t sound like a winner.

Posted at 5:48 pm. Filed under Brands, Companies, Internet, Internet TV, P2P, Peer Impact, Wurld Media

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