NBC – The first of many?
Like many of you, I digest a lot of news media during all hours of the day and for me the primary source is the internet and news feeds via RSS. Well, just a short while ago, NBC announced that it is not renewing it’s contract to sell NBC programs via Apple iTunes in the coming year…
NBC’s motive for doing this is Apple’s control of the iTunes environment and consequently pricing. I know some people think most things including TV should be free, but a company’s got make money to put those programs on air! There are lots of other issue to consider as well such as DRM (those for and against) and screen size – the iPod being somewhat small for me.
Don’t get me wrong, I like and use iTunes a lot and thoroughly enjoy my iPod, but consumers and media companies alike are looking for something a bit different. Adobe has come up with a solution known as the Adobe Media Player, but it remains to be seen whether it will be as well adopted as iTunes. AMP addresses a lot of the issues that media companies face and puts them in control of what kind of media they deliver and how much (if anything) this media costs.
Coming back to NBC, they are Apple’s largest provider of content and the story below details that many other contracts from the likes of ABC, CBS, Fox, etc. are coming up for renewal over the next year.
So, here’s a bit of Friday news for you to digest and ponder as we head into the holiday weekend. Cheers!
originally posted 8/31, updated 9/2
Update – 9/4
Well, I did receive three terrific, passionate responses that for the most part condemned NBC for the odacity to ask for $5.00 per episode. As I mentioned in my responses, it is Apple who floated that number, not NBC. Today, NBC and Amazon announce a new deal to distribute NBC content at $1.99 per episode. Here’s one of a myriad stories on this latest development
Update 9/10 Okay, okay, I’m like beating this dead horse now, but the story keeps going on, though not with the same force as a week ago. NY Times article is quite interesting and deserving of your time…