The Race Is On

The Sundance Channel has joined the rush to distribute online, partnering with Google Video, not iTunes. "The deal allows consumers to download their choice of 18 of the network's movie titles at $3.99 for a 24-hour rental or $9.99 to own. Three of the Sundance Channel's original series are available only for purchase starting at $1.99 an episode." Last month, AppleInsider reported that iTunes should be serving full-feature films by the year's end. It already provides access to shows from 32 channels -- including ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. I bought a Daily Show With Jon Stewart episode this week (because I'd lost my own recording on ReplayTV). Quality was clearly not up to my own recording -- frame rate was too slow, action and audio were often out of sync. However, it was good enough for my purpose -- but not worth more than the $1.99 that I paid.…continue reading →

NBC Debuts “Conviction” on iTunes

I'm late to the videoTunes party, I'll admit. I poo-poohed the idea of watching "TV" on such a teeny screen until I actually held-and-watched one last fall. Guess what went on my (unfulfilled, as yet) Christmas gift list? It may even be enough to make me switch (or add) from RePlayTV to Tivo, should I ever acquire one. In January, when I couldn't force myself to watch all of the Sugar Bowl -- since I'm convinced I jinx my alma mater (UGA) when I do -- I bought the "highlights film" after-the-fact. But I watched it on my laptop. Now iTunes has scored another scoop: NBC is premiering its new legal drama show, "Conviction," for free on iTunes. From now until 3 March, when the show debuts on the traditional airways, you can download the show "for free." (I'll report later if the commercials come along with it.) Sometimes I…continue reading →