Sunday, August 20, 2006

Fox To Offer Shows For Free Online

Today would normally be our weekly ratings report day, but the final numbers have been delayed, so we do not have them. Sorry, but we do have news for you.
Fox Entertainment Group is offering free prime-time programming on the web sites of nine of its 24 biggest owned and operated stations, marking the first time ever that local stations will stream network programming on their web sites, Broadcasting & Cable reports. Fox Digital Media has teamed with Toyota to be the exclusive ad sponsor for select episodes of Fox entertainment series from Fox's 20th Century Fox Studios, including returning shows Prison Break and Bones, and comedies such American Dad, The Loop and Stacked. They are available for free through the new "Fox on Demand" on the station web sites in New York (WNYW), Los Angeles (KTTV), Boston (WFXT), Dallas (KDFW), Washington, DC (WTTG), Tampa Bay (WTVT), Orlando (WOFL), Birmingham (WBRC) and Greensboro (WGHP). Fox is also in talks with its affiliates to offer them a similar streaming video player.

New episodes of Prison Break and Bones will be available the day after they air on TV. Additionally, the stations' sites will feature several episodes from each of those series' first seasons, as well the entire first season of The Loop and a handful of episodes from Stacked and American Dad.

I find it very strange that Stacked will be on it, since the show is canceled. The Loop returns mid-season I believe. Also, I'm in NJ, clearly my local Fox is WNYW, yet the streaming player says I'm not in the NY market? Very strange. Fox needs to fix this.

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