“NBC’s animus toward iTunes is well-documented. But the corporate rivalry between Apple and NBC U doesn’t extend to the iPhone, apparently,” Michael Learmonth reports for SIlicon Alley Insider.
“NBC is streaming full episodes of ‘The Office’ and ’30 Rock’ to the iPhone [and iPod touch] in unprotected Quicktime format. Without advertising. Go figure,” Learmonth reports.
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: iPhone and iPod touch users, the direct link to NBC’s free content is: http://m.nbc.com/iphone/fullepisodes.shtml. Tested on iPhone and iPod touch. The video quality offered by NBC is, to put it kindly, putrid.
They are brain dead!!
They wanted scalable pricing and they got it, scaled right down to free. Not even ad money.
wow, that video quality is shit. And the sound is way out of sync.
Better luck next time LOSERS
Yes, the video quality is certainly lacking. The audio lags as well. “The Office” is about the only broadcast show we watch with any regularity, and this is a piss-poor representation of showcased content. Could NBC shoot it self in the foot any better?
(Excuse me while I cut off my nose to spite my face.)
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It looks so horrid because it’s old-fashioned 3GP (pre-iPhone mobile video) format… audio sync is atrocious as well. NBC is just *so* technologically savvy!
NBC, I’m utterly speechless.
Just testing the next BIG platform ?
Or maybe, by showing so poor videoquality, they will try to make the iPhone/touch seem like a poor product on video ? (that\s just paranoia I guess) .
But let\s face it, NBC really are suckers. It\s a pity cuz the only show I watch is The Office. So it\s off to mininova.org. = )
They aren’t “ad-free”. Please update the headline. I just watched part 4 of the last episode, and it led off with a cheesy Toyota commercial.
Retarded, or worse.
Putrid, kind of like what the Office has become?
Only on MDN can NBC offering free, un-DRM’ed, top tier programming be considered negative (no matter how crappy the quality).
Hey, remember when The Office was funny?
You won’t from these clips.
Surely you jest?
Crap quality, and this is CRAP to the point that it’s unwatchable, is MOST DESERVEDLY derided.
Perhaps I should say “Only on MDN can there be posts defending crap”?
I mean, dude? The frigging audio is out of synch!