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NBC, CBS to Offer Shows On-Demand

Nov 7, 2005  •  Post A Comment

NBC and CBS announced Monday they will offer their top programs commercial-free through on-demand providers for 99 cents each within hours of airing.

NBC’s agreement is with DirecTV and also includes shows from its cable networks, such as USA, Sci Fi and Bravo. CBS’s deal is with Comcast and will include episodes of “CSI,” “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race” and other shows.

“The way people are consuming content is changing,” said David Zaslav, president of NBC Universal Cable. “Through this agreement with DirecTV, consumers will be able to watch top NBC content on-demand for just 99 cents when they want, without commercials. It’s a huge sea change.”

The NBC offerings will be available only via the new DirecTV “Plus interactive DVR” receivers, rolling out this month. The CBS shows will be available on Comcast’s VOD service starting in January.

The NBC announcement was made early Monday morning, and was quickly followed by the CBS announcement. Both releases claimed their deal was the first of its kind.