NBC To Offer Free Downloads Of Popular Shows

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  1. marksman

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    For reasons that likely have to do with re-runs and syndication, the networks are mistakenly anal about how long people can view programs in an on-demand format.

    It doesn't make sense to me, because it does not fit with how people want to actually use it. As you mentioned, many others would also like to have a mini-marathon and watch several shows in a row.

    I consider this a nice first step, and a filler for conflicts, but it is far from perfect. They still have a long way to go to get the gun target off the middle of their foot. This just pushed it up a hair.

    I am very happy they are doing it, but it does not go as far as it could, but beggars can't be choosers.

    Some day there will be a standardized delivery mechanism that allows all networks to feed their programming into it, securely and have it be playable on a number of different devices on the consumers end. We will get there, but it is still going to take some more time.
     
  2. IJustLikeTivo

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    Wrong. They screwed the pooch. Until they find a way for this to show up on my TV for free it's of no use to 90% of the public. I have no interest in sitting at my computer to watch anything while I have a 56 1080P tv sitting in my living room.

    Now, if they partnered with Amazon Unbox for good instead of just for previews, that would be useful to me.
     
  3. IJustLikeTivo

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    Exactly.
     
  4. Bierboy

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    One week? .....meh.....
    exactly....double meh....
     
  5. jsmeeker

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    I missed that on the first read. I locked on to the "Windows PC" bit.

    One week is super lame. That makes it impossible for anyone to come into a series a little late via word of mouth and then catch up.
     
  6. SnakeEyes

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    Which is part of the reason that downloads via iTunes, such as The Office, were so successful.
     
  7. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

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    exactly. I used it for the current season of Top Chef


    and now that option is gone.


    How does NBC or anyone else think this is better? It's a major step backwards.
     
  8. Jeeters

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    How? Through yet more propietary software.

    When? Within seven days of the original airing.

    Where? In front of my PC.


    Sorry, I fail to see see where I'm in control here.
     
  9. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

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    Bogus. Yet another inane DRM crapfest that doesn't do anything whatsoever to stop copying, makes legitimate users feel like criminals, causes all kinds of costs to the company including development/support/etc., is certainly riddled with security issues, and, of course, won't work on my system (Linux) :mad: . But hey, who cares. I get enough TV on my TV; I've got better things to do with my computer (that's why I run Linux in the first place, after all! :))

    I usually think the Free Software Foundation is too coy by half with their cute turns of phrase, but when they named DRM "Digital Restrictions Management" they really hit the nail on the head :rolleyes: .
     
  10. Ruth

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    I like the idea of DLs instead of web streaming. My internet connection and/or computer has never allowed me to watch a streaming video of any length without a dealbreaking problem. I am sure I'm not the only TV watcher in that situation.

    But . . .

    Does ad-supported mean they will contain commercials that you can't forward through? That's a dealbreaker for me (but of course that is coming from a girl who cannot live w/o her TiVo).

    One week after broadcast also is highly stupid. It gets the people who are already watching but missed the last episode, but it does nothing to grow the audience for a show.
     
  11. jsmeeker

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    most certainly it will be no fast forward. I'm sure you'll be able to pause and rewind, though.
     
  12. supham

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    I think I'll stick with mininova.
     
  13. IDSmoker

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    +1
     
  14. mwhip

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    I will not use their player. Most of those things suck any how they never queue right and always play choppy. I will stick with BT.

    My prediction is NBC will be back to iTunes. They will see how much revenue they will lose and with the new iPods and iPhones there is a huge demand for video on the go.
     
  15. MarkSFCA

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    Question: Once you download the show, do you think you will be able to move the show to a TiVo folder in TiVo Desktop and then watch the show on your TiVo?
     
  16. jsmeeker

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    seems excedingly unlikely since they said it will require a proprietary player application to view the file.
     
  17. MarkSFCA

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    . . . but I'm sure someone will figure out a way to do it.
     
  18. jsmeeker

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    maybe.. Either via a hack on the TiVo or via hacking the DRM on the downloaded video, then transcoding it.

    Either way, it won't be a method supported/authotized by NBC.
     
  19. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    Try out www.tvrss.net. It takes you to mininova anyway, but it's a much better index and format.
     
  20. EMoMoney

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    I'm sure that's the case, which is why torrents still rule.
     

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