NBC to allow free show downloads

Starting in October, the Peacock will be offering free downloads of some of its biggest shows. 

Heroes, The Office, Life, Bionic Woman, 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno will all be available for download from the network’s new service, “NBC Direct”.  Viewers will have a one-week window to watch the show before it’s locked down.  Additional features, such as HD content, usage on portable devices and “expanded platform functionality” (i.e. Macs) will come down the pipe later on.

Vivi Zigler, Executive VP of NBC Digital Entertainment said the following:

“With the creation of this new service, we are acknowledging that now, more than ever, viewers want to be in control of how, when and where they consumer their favorite entertainment.  Not only does this feature give them more control, but it also gives them a higher quality video experience.”

I’m sorry, but how does limiting (a) the length of time I have to watch a show, (b) what device I can watch a show on, and (c) what computer I can watch a show on give me more control?

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