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CBS Working to Join iTunes [Update]
Friday, February 3rd, 2006 at 9:45 AM - by Staff
CBS Digital Media president, Larry Kramer, confirmed that the television network is negotiating to bring its programming to the iTunes Music Store (iTMS). According to MarketWatch, CBS is negotiating several distribution deals right now, and Apple is among them. It has already signed deals with Comcast, which is offering some shows on-demand, and Google's upcoming video service.
[Update: John C. Dvorak said in his blog Friday that CBS has already dumped Google as a distribution partner. - Editor]
The network is also making some programming available through its own Web site. Episodes of the reality TV show Survivor will be available for US$1.99 each, matching the iTMS pricing. Also like the iTMS, the episodes will be commercial free.
Unlike Apple's model where you download videos and watch them as often as you like, however, purchased episodes of Survivor can only be watched on line up to 24 hours after they are ordered.
There is no time frame yet on when to expect CBS and Apple to finalize a deal.
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