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December 6, 2005
A New Model for TV?

My iPod is not of the video variety, having a lowly black and white screen. This doesn’t bother me, as I kind of want less TV in my life rather than more anyway.

Nonetheless, this caught my eye with great interest:

NBC Universal programming now available on the iTunes Music Store spans from the 1950s to the present, including NBC’s “Law & Order,” “The Office,” “Surface,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” the USA Network’s Emmy Award-winning “Monk” and Sci-Fi Channel’s “Battlestar Galactica” as well as classic TV shows including “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Dragnet,” “Adam-12” and “Knight Rider,” on the iTunes Music Store beginning today.

Could Steve Jobs have actually found a new, workable model for TV distribution?

Initial shows available on the iTunes Music Store were limited to those broadcast on ABC, a network owned by Disney. There was a great deal of speculation that Disney was caving to Jobs’ request simply to maintain their distribution deal for Pixar films, which have made them a boat load of money (a really big boat, incidentally.)

With NBC jumping on board, the story gets very very interesting. An awful lot of people thought this would fail, for some very good reasons. Looks like like maybe not so much.

Beware that reality distortion field though. It’s always hard to tell how much of an effect that has.

Posted by skooter at 10:32 AM This entry is filed under Entertainment, Technology.
This entry is tagged: Apple, Battlestar Galactica, Television

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