When it comes to TV, it's becoming clear that there are going to be more and more avenues for consumers who want their content served up in many ways. Media companies continue to try out new ways to approach content distribution, particularly in the field of television. On Tuesday, Yahoo!
There are some caveats here, though -- just two episodes of two shows (How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men) will be distributed. The episodes will be available free of charge and will also be commercial free. However, in light of recent developments in this area, there's little that's incredibly exciting about this agreement between the two companies. Not only is the content limited, but they're all "encore" presentations, meaning that fans of the shows have already seen the episodes. The initiative will last only a week.
It's been interesting to watch digital distribution of video content gain steam over recent months -- and quickly, too. Disney's
It's obvious that on-demand distribution is gaining steam, and the current state of affairs was spurred on by the time-shifting elements of digital video recorders like Stock Advisor pick TiVo
That said, this particular plan from CBS and Yahoo! just pays lip service to the idea, seeing as how, for the time being, it's only allowing viewers to taste two episodes of just two shows. Meanwhile, it's interesting that such CBS hits as its CSI series of shows are missing from the roster. (It's worthwhile to note that CBS streamed episodes of its show Threshold from its own website earlier this year.)
If anything, this deal with CBS gives Yahoo! the opportunity to distribute more content -- Yahoo! has been making moves in that direction recently, although TV content seems to have been limited to clips and outtakes -- and gives CBS a vehicle to expand its audience for the shows in question. In that regard, this initiative looks like savvy marketing for both parties. However, it seems a guarantee that more interesting developments in the digital distribution arena are sure to come, and likely sooner than later.
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Alyce Lomax does not own shares of any of the companies mentioned.