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CBS Bypasses iTunes to Sell 'Survivor'

2 Feb, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

CBS Corp., beginning tonight at midnight, will offer the popular reality show “Survivor” on its own Web site, CBS.com, for $1.99 per episode following the show's network season premiere.

Viewers would have 24 hours to view full episodes of “Survivor: Panama Exile,” which airs tonight.

The move marks a calculated effort by CBS to bypass Apple Computer's popular iPod portable media device, which last year began offering episodes of ABC hit shows “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives” for $1.99.

CBS currently offers 99 cent catalog episodes of “Survivor,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “The Amazing Race” available at upstart Google Video and on pay-per-view with cable provider Comcast Corp.

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