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NBC has announced that it is now offering a collection of news and documentary programming for purchase from the iTunes Music Store. Programming from NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC will be priced at $1.99 per download. The offerings include select NBC News and CNBC specials, “NBC News Time Capsule,” “Tom Brokaw Reports,” “Meet The Presidents with Tim Russert,” “Dateline: Crime & Punishment,” and MSNBC’s “Caught On Tape” and “Lockup.”

From NBC’s announcement:

NBC News is also showcasing some unique “Time Capsule” programs produced in a digital-only format available only on iTunes. Hosted by “NBC Nightly News” Anchor and Managing Editor Brian Williams, initial offerings include “In His Own Words” programs on both John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon, featuring rare and exclusive interviews from the NBC News Archives.

“As the leading news organization on the planet, we have an incredible reach, a massive archive and a unique ability to package our material together in an iPod-friendly format,” said Williams. “We cover the world every day—this is an opportunity for our viewers to carry it around in the palm of their hand.”

Other highlights from NBC News on iTunes include Williams’ first-person account of covering Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath; Tom Brokaw’s “Greatest Generation” reports—three programs that served as companions to his best-selling books; and “Meet the Press” moderator Tim Russert’s “Meet the Presidents” series: complete episodes of “Meet the Press,” available for the first time and including special new introductions from Russert.

NBC News programming has already found a successful home on iTunes with its many podcasts. Over the past eleven months, an average of 500,000 customers per month have downloaded NBC News audio podcasts, a number that continues to increase each month. This newest video offering at iTunes continues NBC News’ leadership in digital media. NBC News content is featured prominently on its joint venture website MSNBC.COM, on the industry-leading NBC Mobile service and on NBC News Radio.

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Comments

1

Great idea. I continue to be amazed by the creative ways that companies are finding to use the iPod. It is evolving into much more than a media player. Between this and the Nike partnership, Podcasts, and all of the other advancements, iPods bring so many different resources to every demographic. Great job.

Posted by Jason Martin on May 25, 2006 at 11:50 AM (PDT)

2

$1.99 for a 30 minutes of news?

Give me a break.  This is becoming ridiculous.

Posted by Mike T. on May 25, 2006 at 1:18 PM (PDT)

3

Just curious and not bashing anyone.

Who is willing to pay $1.99 to watch the news?

I know the current offerring are more documentary products but can’t help to imagine what’s coming next.

I agree with the first poster.  It’s always great to see how companies can make use of the ipod, but I sure would like to see bigger advancements.

Posted by 3rdEye on May 25, 2006 at 1:35 PM (PDT)

4

why pay for this when you can watch ABC, NPR, and many other news sites for FREE!!!???

Posted by 1stEye on May 25, 2006 at 8:09 PM (PDT)

5

I can see like .99 per clip, but $2 per clip to watch NBC news footage on stories? Don’t think i’m gathered around the ipod to watch the latest and greatest from nbc news.

Posted by david amodt on May 29, 2006 at 11:54 PM (PDT)

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