Microsoft offers ‘Arrested Development’

“Microsoft will run free episodes of the quirky TV comedy ‘Arrested Development’ through its MSN Video service later this year, making the show available online for the first time,” Elizabeth M. Gillespie reports for The Associated Press.

“MSN, the software maker’s Internet unit, said Wednesday it will run display and video ads instead of charging viewers to watch the critically lauded show that was a hit with a relatively small but fiercely loyal audience,” Gillespie reports. “MSN will have exclusive portal rights to syndicate the show’s 53 episodes for three years.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: “Arrested Development.” Isn’t that the code name of Microsoft’s Windows unit?

It’s really too bad. Back in January, we suggested to Fox Entertainment President Peter Liguori that they breathe new life into the show via Apple’s iTunes Music Store. Stuck with MSN for three years, it’s deader than dead now. Fox must really hate that show.

Related article:
Arrested Development: Fox slow on embracing Apple iTunes Store distribution – January 17, 2006


  1. It’s too bad one of the greatest creations in the history of time has to be blemished by association with Microsoft.

    The pilot episode is already up, but of course, because I have neither IE or WMP 11, I can’t watch it. I have the DVDs anyway, but again, Microsoft is being platform-dependent (no surprise).

    iTunes still makes a whole bunch of sense – no dependency on streaming (WMP streaming is absolute bullshit too), and Arrested Development deserves to be seen without ads.

    Bottom line, buy the DVDs; you won’t regret it one bit.

  2. I guess this is Microsoft’s attempt at being cool. But no thanks. I’ll just wait for the season 3 dvd’s to go along with Seasons 1 and 2 that I already own. Wouldn’t matter if iTunes carried it either. DVD’s are a much better deal than DRM laced 320×240 videos which cost more.

  3. I absolutely hate those turds at FOX. Arrested Development will be Family Guy version 2, except it will never be able to come back because it features actual actors. Most brilliant show EVER.

    By the way, to anybody who has seen all the episodes:

    Watch episode 206 – Afternoon Delight. Right after the opening credits, you’ll see the banana stand being lifted up by the crane. Pause, and read the graffiti on the crane:

    “I get u Bluth”, signed (towards the bottom), by “Hello”.

    25 episodes later, we learn, for the first time, what that graffiti was all about. Unreal!

    Makes me so pissed off to think about the plethora of material that must have been dropped because of FOX’s antics. By the way, “The War at Home” and “The Loop” were renewed, while AD was nominated for another 5 Emmys, with ZERO promotion.

  4. Again, MS teams with the media provider to maintain the current system (adverts). What’s new?

    Then again, before I become too “give the people what they want”, I understand that the free streaming shows with ads that could not be skipped were pretty popular. Was there ever a final accounting on whether they were more popular than the iTMS versions of the shows?

  5. I think this is great. If they sell a boatload of DVDs and few downloads from MSN, then even Stevie Wonder could read that writing on the wall. As far as hating Fox, I may be disappointed, but they DID bring us The Simpsons, 24, American Idol, That 70’s Show, Brit Hume, America’s Most Wanted, Family Guy, Tony Snow and good football coverage.

  6. Okay, Lindsay, are you forgetting that I was a professional twice over— an analyst and a therapist. The world’s first analrapist.

    Of course— the ‘Bob Loblaw Law Blog.’ Wow. You, sir, are a mouthful!

    You know, Michael, if I may take off my acting pants for a moment and pull my analrapist stocking over my head, George Michael has been acting strange lately. I think he may have developed what we in the soft sciences refer to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Or the O.C. disorder.

    Oh, good. Have sex with this girl right now. Do it, go. Get in there. Have some sex with her right now. I didn’t think so. Ann, you need to decide whether you want a man or a boy. I know how I’d answer.

    Although, perhaps I should call the ‘Hot Cops’ and tell them to come up with something more nautically themed. Hot Sailors. Better yet, Hot Seam…

    No, it’s pronounced a-NAL-ra-pist

    Well, yes, but I’m afraid I prematurely shot my wad on what was supposed to be a dry run, if you will, so now I’m afraid I have something of a mess on my hands.

    Oh, no, no. I’m not in the group yet. No, I’m afraid I just blue myself.

    Oh, like when they [Brits] say ‘poofter’ to mean ‘tourist,’ yes.

    A flower in my garden, a mystery in my panties.

  7. ILLUSION, Michael. A trick is something a whore does for money – or cocaine

    I will not take this sacred duty lightly. I am going to get you the single healthiest call girl that this town has ever seen…Oh, I’m not going to spend this kind of money and not watch.

    Oh, that is just great. Now I’m expected to climb back on top of Kitty and do my thing again. I mean, this family runs into problems and it’s ‘Oh, let’s have G.O.B. **** our way out of it.’

    Please refrain from discussing or engaging in any sort of interoffice ****ing or ****ing or finger **** or ****ing or ****ing or even ****. Even though so many people in this office are BEGGING for it. And if anybody does anything with my sister Lindsay, I’ll take off my pants, I’ll shave ********. And I’ll personally _____

    I’m dating this Christian girl right now. She wants me to be honest and reconnect with my son. And I’m trying to get her to renounce God and **** me, but I just want to prove to her that I’m worth it!

    GOB: Maeby we’ll meet a couple of young coeds along the way. How young is too young for you?
    MICHAEL: Okay, that’s not going to happen. Okay? There’s not gonna be any coeds. There certainly isn’t going to be any magic. It is a path to a lonely life where people mock you and you don’t even realize it.
    GOB: But Michael, I’m a magici… Oh, I see what you did

    Let’s just hope they don’t try to get even by trying to ‘cirsumvrenting’ the law.

    But I am not a pimp, Michael. She needed protection. So I make some threats, wear this hat, and I collect my ten percent….
    MICHAEL: Yeah, that’s a pimp

    I like to look in the mirror.

    I don’t want to say it. First place chick is hot, but has an attitude, doesn’t date magicians. Second place is someone weird usually, like a Chinese girl or a geologist. But third place, although a little bit plain, has super low self-esteem. So I step in and, uh, lay her crown upon my sweet head.

  8. <i>As far as hating Fox, I may be disappointed, but they DID bring us The Simpsons (even a broken clock is right 2x a day), 24 (Pt 2 of 2x a day), American Idol (75th retread of The Ted Mack Amateur Hour from the 1950’s, That 70’s Show ( retread of Happy Days set in the 1970’s), Brit Hume (ABC reject- delusional as the rest at Faux News), America’s Most Wanted (OMFG, Family Guy (highly overrated), Tony Snow-Job and good football coverage (you are kidding about the cartoonish lame sports coverage on Faux Sports (swoosh under every garish graphic, etc).

    Jesus, you watch way too much TV.

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