Disney to stream ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ‘Lost’ for free with embedded ads

“Walt Disney Co.’s ABC Television will offer some of its most popular shows, such as ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ‘Lost,’ for free on the Internet in a two-month trial, the company said Monday. Advertising revenue will support the trial run on ABC.com, with advertisers AT&T Inc., Ford Motor Co., Procter & Gamble Co. and Universal Pictures already signed up,” Reuters reports. “‘Commander in Chief’ and ‘Alias’ along with ‘Lost’ and ‘Desperate Housewives’ will be available on the Web in May and June, starting the day after they are first broadcast. Viewers will be able to pause and move between ‘chapters’ in an episode but will not be able to skip embedded ads.”

“ABC sells digital downloads of its highest-rated TV shows for the popular iPod music and video player, while other networks have been testing online and video-on-demand formats for airing shows soon after they first appear on broadcast TV,” Reuters reports.

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  1. I can hardly wait for MacDude to remove his hand from his tiny flaccid penis long enough to apply his fingers to his fetid keyboard long enough to post his latest brain dead prediction of the demise of Apple, itunes, Steve Jobs, OS X, and a large variety of other matters he is so clueless about that if his brains were gasoline they couldn’t power an ant’s motorcycle around the inside of a cheerio.

  2. ABC sells digital downloads of its highest-rated TV shows for the popular iPod music and video player

    A minor point, but of course you do not need a video-capable iPod to watch the shows you’ve purchased, just a computer. It bugs me when respectable news agenies miss this point.

  3. Haha, so much for the video iPod.

    I read a article online that said only the show LOST is really selling well online.

    So apparantly people will spend money for quality show downloads and advertising is more profitable than $1.99 a show download.

    Well it was a nice experiment, I hardly use my video iPod anyway.

  4. More importantly, what’s the name of the one that lets you edit out the commercials?

    If you can download or play the show to a Mac, one can use SnapZ Pro X to screen record w/sound into a Quicktime movie that can be edited with Quicktime Pro.

    No commercials and it’s free.

  5. It is cause those other shows suck. Lost is interesting, but Desperate Housewives has gotten lame. Same with Commander and Cheese. Alias is cool, but something that will never be mainstream.

  6. Mileages vary Joe,

    I use my video iPod frequently. Since training people is part of what I do I find it useful to download podcasts on Photoshop, Indesign and the Creative Suite. I can keep up with them wherever I happen to be (last week flying to Chicago for example) and since photography, presentations, and music are also areas I work in the video iPod works well for me there too.

    It’s certainly possible to record the Daily Show on to a DVD, then use Handbrake to Rip it to the iPod and view it that way…but I like the convenience of just having it automatically download, sans commercials.
    So…like many other areas of life I pay for the convenience. You could certainly stop at a store, buy a drink of some kind and then go through the drive through for lunch…but instead you pay $1.49 for it there.
    Don’t like commercials? Buy the episode. Don’t mind commercials? get it free.

  7. And I can use Quicktime pro or iMovie to eliminate the ads?

    You can use Quicktime Pro to eliminate the commercials.

    This is how:

    In the little arrow area that moves along while your playing, you can mouse over and a pair of new triangles appear together.

    All you have to do is position the first arrow at the begining of the commercial and the second arrow at the end of the commercial and press delete.

    Piece of cake, save the file. Drop into your ITMS Library with a new name/episode.

    Screw paying $1.99.

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