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CBS considers offering shows on iTunes

CBS Digital President Larry Kramer said this week that he has had talks with Apple about selling CBS television shows on the iTunes Music Store. Kramer said a deal with Apple is a strong possibility as long as the “economic proposal is fair enough.” Currently, the only network the offers shows through iTunes is ABC.

CBS recently announced that it will offer downloads of three episodes of prime-time sci-fi series “Threshold” online via The network also recently released a large number of podcasts through the iTunes Music Store, including “60 Minutes” and “Guiding Light” podcasts.

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Somehow I highly doubt that CBS will offer NBC Nightly News downloads.  Call me crazy…

Posted by wil on November 3, 2005 at 4:53 PM (CST)


“CBS recently announced that it will offer downloads of ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’”

Isn’t that an NBC program? I don’t think CBS can legally do that.

Posted by Nate on November 3, 2005 at 4:53 PM (CST)


Yeah the article you linked says that CBS’s statement *followed* NBC’s statement that NBC would be offering that show… might wanna edit that… :-/

Posted by matt on November 3, 2005 at 5:16 PM (CST)


YES! YES! How I Met your Mother! YES! DO IT! (It’s my fav new show of this season)

Posted by emutree on November 3, 2005 at 5:35 PM (CST)


“CBS recently announced that it will offer downloads of…

Posted by spongy on November 3, 2005 at 6:40 PM (CST)


Don’t get too excited about seeing your favorite prime time shows on iTunes very soon. It’s no coincidence that ABC chose “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives,” along with the Disney shows. They could come to terms with Apple because they handle production AND distribution for those shows. Most television shows are produced and broadcast under different corporations. And that means the rights/permissions/licensing fees get much, MUCH more complicated.

I think it will happen, but it will take a while, as everyone tries to get their piece of the pie (actors need residuals, etc.), and Steve Jobs tries to keep the cost down for the consumer.

In the near future, internet distribution will become a standard part of television contracts. Those rights will either be retained by the production company, or purchased by the television network. And everyone else who is lower in the chain (writers, actors, etc.) will already have their compensation spelled out in their contracts.

Posted by BJ Nemeth on November 3, 2005 at 10:06 PM (CST)


The day that some production company makes money, enough to cover their costs + a little dough for taking the risk, producing a show for the iPod, look for Apple to become HUGE in media WITHOUT busting our chops with ads.

Its starting with the amateurs, then the techies, then the pornographers, then the enthousiasts, then the pros.

I’ve seen product from everybody but the pros.

As soon as they can figure out the model, I look forward to the first “first run play” to be on and made for the iPod.

Posted by Charles-A Rovira on November 3, 2005 at 10:11 PM (CST)


Updated story… I read too quickly and thought they announced that they were offering both Threshold and CBS News downloads. Forgive me for not knowing who’s anchoring all the nightly news shows these days… there’s been a lot of changes lately at all the networks.

Posted by Larry Angell on November 3, 2005 at 10:58 PM (CST)


Just wait. Everyone will jump on this train.  I just want the NFL to get in.  Hell, for $5 I’d pay for the “great game” I missed on Sunday.

Posted by MOG on November 3, 2005 at 11:39 PM (CST)


I suppose it’s a step in SOME direction. But without the outside production houses offering up their product I don’t see this going very far…unless the networks decide to assume more risk in the production of their product just to have content to sell to services like iTMS.

However in OTHER news, I’m kinda surprised that there’s been no reporting here on ilounge about Sony’s little CD nefarious rootkit boo-boo…considering that this impacts one key competing format to the iTMS (music CDs), I’d think that Sony’s malware mess-up only serves to strengthen Apple’s market hold in the music selling business. I would think that this factor alone is worth reporting.

Posted by flatline response on November 4, 2005 at 1:10 AM (CST)


Jack, shows can be backed up to a disc.  That’s not to say a DVD or VCD could be made…but they can be backed up.

Posted by Gordy. on November 4, 2005 at 9:13 AM (CST)


In RE: spongy’s comment about “350Mb HDTV quality avi file vs. streaming version or low quality 2 dollar version?”:

There are NO 350Mb “HDTV” quality AVI’s online. Anything less than 1280x720 is NOT HIGH DEF. Ever.

HDTV is either 1920x1080 or 1280x720. Capturing a show in HD then scaling it down to sub DVD resolution takes away the whole “High Definition” part of the equation.

By that logic, Apple could label their stuff as “HDTV” quality if its encoded from HD Sources…

Posted by Kai Cherry on November 4, 2005 at 10:03 AM (CST)


“There are NO 350Mb “HDTV

Posted by spongy on November 4, 2005 at 10:50 AM (CST)

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