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NBC to Give Away Free Rentals of Its TV Shows

nbc.jpgNBC had a public breakup with iTunes, moved to Amazon, and some speculated it was due to NBC being unhappy with pricing. But in a surprise move, NBC announced that it will start offering free rentals of its TV shows. The “free” will be subsidized by ads and is limited in time, meaning after 7 days, the download doesn’t work anymore. But, free is free and its a download, rather than a streaming video.

Via Motley Fool.

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4 Comments

  1. Caro
    Sep 20, 2007 @ 11:23:00

    And it’s apparently supposed to be PC only at first, leaving us Mac users out in the cold for a while. :(

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  2. Jill Monroe
    Sep 22, 2007 @ 10:19:16

    Grrr. I’m wondering if that’s punishment to us Mac users since we’re probably more inclined to use iTunes anyway. We actually had purchased the The Office season last year. Oh well, I guess NBC won’t be getting any of my money.

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    Sep 23, 2007 @ 15:38:05

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  4. DS
    Sep 24, 2007 @ 14:49:28

    Hate rentals. I never get around to watching the show during the time I’m given– I’m also bad with library books so it’s just a procrastination issue. I know better than to pay for download rentals.

    I’m also hesitant to download the software because of the DRM and Sony rootkit crisis a while back. Looks like this PC user will be sticking with itunes also.

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