two solitudes: Alan Sawyer's views on the media industry

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

A glimpse into the future of TV?

CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- Walt Disney Co. said Monday that it would stream several hit ABC shows such as "Lost" and "Alias" for free over the Internet in the next two months, as the company tries to jump-start a new revenue stream for its content.

Disney said that episodes of "Desperate Housewives," "Lost," "Commander In Chief" and the entire current season of "Alias" will be available at its Web site for free during May and June, as part of what it called an "experiment."
This is the first time a broadcast network has made such programming available for free.
The shows will be streamed in a 16-by-9 widescreen format in Flash 8, which Disney says offers the "best video quality." The streams will be compatible with both the PC and Mac platforms.
The programs, which will be available the morning after they air on ABC stations, can be rewound, fast-forwarded and paused, but will include commercials that cannot be skipped.

It will be interesting to see what the quality is like.


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