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NBC Direct: Download Your Fave TV Shows

NBC Direct: Download Your Fave TV Shows

Ever since Apple ganked NBC content from iTunes, couch potatoes worldwide worried where they’d get to watch their favorite TV shows online. Well, fret not, my pets. Check it:

NBC Direct users will be able to download full length episodes for viewing on Windows based PCs. Each original episode will be licensed to users for viewing through “NBC Direct” for one week following broadcast and will then expire. The downloaded file will provide users with an improved overall viewing experience compared to traditional streaming video. The list of programs available at launch will include “Heroes,” “The Office,” “Life,” “Bionic Woman,” “30 Rock,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

Check out the full announcement inside…

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NBC DIRECT

NBC today announced the launch of its new service, “NBC Direct,” which will allow users to download and view NBC’s popular primetime and late-night entertainment programming on their desktops for up to one week after broadcast. This new feature provides yet another platform on which fans will be able to enjoy NBC Entertainment content. The announcement was made by Vivi Zigler, Executive Vice President, NBC Digital Entertainment.

“With the creation of this new service, we are acknowledging that now, more than ever, viewers want to be in control of how, when and where they consumer their favorite entertainment,” said Zigler. “Not only does this feature give them more control, but it also gives them a higher quality video experience.”

The first version of this new feature, which will begin beta testing in October, will allow users to download full length episodes for viewing on Windows based PCs. Each original episode will be licensed to users for viewing through “NBC Direct” for one week following broadcast and will then expire. The downloaded file will provide users with an improved overall viewing experience compared to traditional streaming video. The list of programs available at launch will include “Heroes,” “The Office,” “Life,” “Bionic Woman,” “30 Rock,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

Later in the beta launch, users will be provided the free subscription option that will allow them to pre-select their favorite NBC programs they want to watch. Those shows will be automatically delivered to their computers as soon as they are available after the original broadcast. The downloadable player will also have filtering technology, which will prevent it from playing any stolen copyrighted material.

Future versions of “NBC Direct,” which will roll out over the next several months, will provide expanded platform functionality and will allow DRM (“digital rights management”) protected versions of its programs to be downloaded to Macs and portable devices in addition to PCs. NBC.com plans future enhancements such as high-resolution versions of programming made available via a closed P2P (“peer to peer”) distribution network. Using closed P2P will ensure that the maximum number of users will be able to view consistent, high-quality content directly from their desktops. Later in 2008, NBC.com plans to offer other business models for downloaded content in order to provide its users multiple options to consume their favorite NBC programs. These paid business models may include download-to-own, rental and subscription.

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  • dorothy

    I think that is cool :)

  • ana

    wow awesome…but i’m more excited to watch “GOSSIP GIRL”!!!!!!!!!

  • ana

    oh and jared i just LOVE ur site i’m really addicted to it!!! it’s really better than any site out there!! keep up the good work

  • DUI

    how much is this going to cost?

  • david

    yawn. the only reason I want to download something is to put it on my iPod or my iPhone. and I can only download it a week after airing? whatever. Looks like I’ll just record it in HD on my DVR and then export it to my iPod if I want to watch it again.

  • the_original_nika

    and for outside of the U.S?

  • Ashley

    Nice choice of pictures, JJ. :D

    But yeah, #6 – we’re left out. Stupid American television with their stupid copyright crap… (sorry, I just really like watching Heroes and The Office on demand :P)

  • http://www.madisonmusic.net madisonmusic.net

    cool…

    http://www.madisonstyle.blogspot.com – where fashion and music meet!

    http://www.myspace.com/madisonsmusic – you have to see this!

  • Elle

    tear so Australia miss out once again and have to wait months till we get to watch the awesome shows.

  • Zoe

    Hey Jared!
    I was just wondering, where did you find the pix of the heroes european tour?! I’ve looked everywhere but they are nowhere to be found :(
    If anybody knows?!…

  • the_original_nika

    I know #7, so unfair. DAMNIT!

  • Anika

    ugh so they snub the Mac users because they were pulled from iTunes – bastards!

  • http://www.madisonmusic.net madisonmusic.net

    Thats cool

    http://www.madisonstyle.blogspot.com – where fashion and music meet!

    http://www.myspace.com/madisonsmusic – you have to see this!

  • ****

    Yeah, watch out Hayden! He hits his girlfriends!

  • Granny Panties

    VERY COOL!

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