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CBS.com will sell Survivor episodes

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 3rd 2006 12:37PM
Survivor Panama: Exile Island castDid you miss last night's season premiere of Survivor Panama: Exile Island? Did you try and TiVo it only to find that it didn't record? Well no worries because CBS announced on Wednesday that Survivor fanatics will be able to download new episodes of the show directly from CBS.com for a buck ninety-nine.

CBS has not come out and said they won't try and strike a deal with iTunes but for the time being it seems like they're trying to avoid teaming up with the download juggernaut. They have deals in place with Google Video (you can get CSI: episodes from there) as well as Comcast's on-demand service. CBS has not instituted a "pay for it and you own it" system like iTunes though. After your purchase a Survivor episode, you'll be able to watch it for 24 hours and that's it; just like pay-per-view.

I'm not sure what the big deal is there... why not just let consumers keep the video?

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Gee Sean. That was kinda rude, wasn't it? I mean, no one rags on you for watching, say, all those mind-numbing sitcoms ... I'm just sayin'.

February 04 2006 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


A studio out to milk the consumer as much as possible by expiring the download.

Yeesh. OK, Apple may not have a perfect system, but it's really damn good in terms of media selection, fair, and of course, pretty damn usable, so why try anything else? Because you want to beta test something that's unproven?

sigh. The studios will never learn.

February 03 2006 at 10:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jamie Flanagan

One correction: you can rewind or fast forward after the entire file is downloaded and it calls home.

February 03 2006 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jamie Flanagan

I wouldn't say my wife is dumb as she's a forensics anthropologist. She did however miss last night's premiere and decided to give CBS a try. This is the one and only time she will use what she calls "a user hostile environment."

Let's begin with the fact that the video says it downloaded and listed itself at being 44 mins and some secs long. After about 8 mins it ended as it was still missing about 500MB of the 600MB download. Add to this an inability to rewind or fast forward while viewing. That's insane. She's re-downloading the video while still in her rental period and is miffed that she will have to watch the first 10 mins again rather than skip that part... unless this download 'fails' as well. The first download did say that only 108MB had been downloaded but that it was Finished. There was no button for "Say Isn't There More to this File."

The picture quality for a video file that's 600MB in size is crap. I could've downloaded a much higher quality HD video from some bittorrent feed. And with the this kind of treatment by CBS...

BTW, I've purchased numerous TV shows from iTunes.

February 03 2006 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

because if you're dumb enough to watch this show in the first place, you'd be dumb enough to "rent" it off the web.

February 03 2006 at 3:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"I'm not sure what the big deal is there... why not just let consumers keep the video?"

Because in the big picture they would rather you didn't own any content and just rented it from them again and again. This is like asking why not give people high resolution downloads. Or why not get rid of the DRM cruft so people can do what they like with their files. What is good for the consumer, and what the consumer wants, is so far down the list for big media that it is a non-factor.

February 03 2006 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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