“Look out, bears: Apple has once again turned the mobile content market on its head. Thank Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert; fans of Comedy Central’s late-night dynamic duo are being given the option to subscribe to downloads of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart or The Colbert Report for $9.99 though the iTunes online store [Multi-Pass]. The fee covers a month’s worth of shows, or 16 episodes. (Single viewings will also be sold for the usual $1.99 per-video price tag.) The move marks Apple’s first foray into the subscription model for digital downloading, a strategy which has been common among competitors such as Napster and RealNetworks’ Rhapsody. However, unlike those services, where you effectively rent the music, customers own the episodes of The Daily Show that they download via iTunes,” Tim Beyers writes for The Motley Fool.
“With this deal, the growing iTunes video library, and the emergence of media-savvy PCs like the Mac mini, it’s becoming increasingly clear that consumers will someday be able to forgo traditional TV altogether, downloading only what they want, and replaying it commercial-free,” Beyers writes. “Comedy Central’s new deal with Apple has the potential to alter the economics of mobile content, again. And that can mean only one thing: Disney, CBS, NBC, News Corp., and, well, every other content provider on the planet, might also find themselves on notice.”
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