Fox Gets It: Free TV Shows on iTunes

While I find their news shows offensive, it’s not ironic that Fox should show up as progressive on the new media front (Murdoch bought MySpace after all.)

The latest deal is covered here: Fox strikes deal for free shows on iTunes

I particularly liked this comment by GGGlen: NBC vs Apple+Fox:

NBC content- loaded with commercials,
Apple+Fox- commercial free.

NBC content expires in one week,
Apple+Fox- keep it as long as you like.

NBC content excludes 25 million Mac users,
Apple+Fox-viewable on any platform capable of running iTunes.

NBC content excludes the #1 MP3 player on the planet (it’s not
compatible with the iPod line)
Apple+Fox- iPod friendly.

Apple+Fox? Find a way to expand on this, and let NBC join the
ever-growing list of failed “wannabees”.

Video Shows (or Channels) Are Attracting Real Money

Beet.TV is calling this a “boom time for niche media” as in Believe It: Boom Time in Niche Media is Now: Mediapost Sells for $23 Million….WallStrip Producer Explains the $5 Million Value Proposition for CBS..and More! Impressive sales for producers who started their own thing, only on the web. Real sales for real substantial dollars. Nothing pie in the sky. Unquestionably, internet video programming has become a REAL market.

NYTimes covered the MediaBistro sale

NYTimes Spotlights The Internet-to-Cable Comedy Incubator

I love this. More evidence of the power of putting video online. More creative freedom and opportunities for creative people. More media power to the people. More breaking up of the old guard media empires (oh yeah, they call those “disruptive technologies”), etc.

New York Times television “news” section calls its report: Online Yesterday, on Cable Today


Whoa! Netflix to Offer Free TV Shows to Members

The battle for the distribution of broadcast programming via the Web is heating up. Apple’s iTunes Store has made big waves by selling TV shows at $1.99 each. Now NetFlix is rolling out what is essentially a perk for membership. Free downloadable TV shows.

Here’s the TechCrunch overview of this announcement and the official NetFlix press release and the NYTimes perspective.