I recently posted about some of the networks releasing many of their première pilots as free downloads. This is on top of the many rumours about networks leaking premières on to torrent sites to create a buzz.
Now, to add to that, NBC is now offering free downloads of their popular shows via a new service they call NBC Direct. Shows such as The Office, 30 Rock, and Heroes will be available to download to your desktop using the NBC Direct software.
The initial beta launch will provide users with a free subscription option allowing the viewer to pre-select their NBC shows and then those shows will auto-download to their computer once available (after the broadcast).
A Step In The Right Direction
DRM will be included on the downloads so the software will allow users to view each episode for up to one week before the shows “expire”. Unfortunately there will be advertising included, but hey – it’s certainly a step in the right direction.
I’m beginning to think NBC understands their TV world is shifting towards the Internet and toward TV watching flexibility due to Tivo’s DVRs and Home Theater PCs.
Here’s a list of the shows that will be available for download from the new NBC Direct Service
NBC Direct Shows
These will be in beta testing beginning in October:
Friday Night Lights
Late Night with Conan O’Brien
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
If you want to see the new season’s premières now, here’s a run-down of the new shows that are already available for download and their sources:
The Bionic Woman – the first, pilot episode is available for free download now at Amazon Unbox
Chuck – the first, pilot episode is available for free download now at Amazon Unbox
Life – the first, pilot episode is available for free download now at Amazon Unbox
Journeyman – the first, pilot episode is available for free download now at Amazon Unbox
Prison Break – First season première episode on iTunes
Check them out and let us know by commenting how you found the different downloads on offer.