A friend of mine once suggested something like this. Basically, news would be free, but premium content online would come at a cost. Sort of like how stock quotes are delayed 20 minutes unless you pay a premium to see the prices instantly. And those with extreme political opinions, like sports fans, would pay any price to see their favorite commentators/players do their thing.
AOL Video is announcing today a new deal with Paramount Pictures that will allow Web surfers to purchase both Paramount movie and television titles through the video portal site. AOL will also announce new partnerships with Plum, MyPath TV, BlueHighways TV, the Employment and Careers Channel and the Hip Hop Hall of Fame. At this time most of the press I've read about this focuses mainly on the movie titles being made available, but I assume we'll know more about which TV shows will be offered soon. Unfortunately, none of the movies or TV shows will be free, and will only work with Windows Media Player technology. AOL Video currently has a library of over 300 free and pay-to-download TV shows and movies.
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I recently started listening to the podcast of Penn Jillette's radio show. Jillette is the loud, boisterous half of comedy/magic team "Penn and Teller," whose show Penn and Teller: Bullshit! is currently in its fourth season on Showtime. At one point, Jillette suddenly went on a hilarious rant about one director's alleged desire to have Paris Hilton play the role of Mother Theresa in an upcoming movie. Ever the contrarian, Penn's rant was not against Hilton, it was against Mother Theresa, whom he claimed did not actually help people get well, but merely set up places where people came to die due to what Penn claimed was some kind of sick perversion on her part.
I almost blogged about this when I heard it, but I think I was distracted by a shiny object or something, because I forgot about it. However, the AP reports that another radio host didn't cotton to Penn's rant, and sarcastically offered to pay a listener $5,000 to kill Jillette. The host, John London, was fired for his comments, along with the show's producer, Denis Cruz, and Chris Townsend, a sports reporter.
Click here for an MP3 of the Penn Radio episode.
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