ABC, NBC Up Free Download Offers20 Sep, 2007 By: Billy Gil
Both ABC and NBC are offering more free episodes online.
The Walt Disney Co.'s Disney-ABC Television Group will offer episodes of some primetime shows on AOL Video, including “Grey's Anatomy” and “Lost.” New episodes will be available the day after their first broadcast on TV, and there will generally be four episodes of each show available at a time.
NBC will offer episodes of such shows as “Heroes” and “The Office” on NBC Direct, a newly launched service that allows users to download episodes to computers running Microsoft Windows software. The files, which will contain embedded advertising that cannot be skipped, will expire seven days after the episode's TV debut.
NBC also said high-definition shows will eventually be available through peer-to-peer technology, and a special software player that will prevent users from playing illegally downloaded video.
Both ABC and NBC will continue to offer shows available to stream on the companies' respective Web sites.