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Comcast To Offer CBS Content

harmon.jpgFirst there was an announcement that DirecTV would offer downloadable NBC Universal programming for 99 cents an episode. It certainly didn't take long for others to jump on that bandwagon.

CNET is reporting that Comcast and CBS are teaming up to do pretty much the same thing. Of course, there are some differences, and they aren't exactly good, but it's a nice try.

First of all, they are only offering four shows in the CBS lineup: "Survivor," "The Amazing Race," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "NCIS." In other words, it's the shows that most people are watching anyway.

Episodes cost 99 cents, but you will only get them for 24 hours. Gee, thanks. Or I could just TiVo or tape them and own them forever. Remember when paying for downloads meant you actually got to keep something? Hopefully the tide is not turning towards this trend.

Viewings are offered through Comcast's On Demand service, so I guess it's kind of cool if you are already reaping the benefits of that service. Some systems might offer "CSI" and "NCIS" in high-def, if you have the proper setup. And if you are waiting for new installments of "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race," you can relive the moments of the previous season -- if you're willing to pay for that.

Posted by Rachel Cericola on November 9, 2005 10:50 AM
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