Friday, August 31, 2007

Another Great Universal Business Decision ...

As reported on Slashdot:

"NBC Universal has cancelled its iTunes contract and will withdraw the television shows it currently offers through the service in December, when the current contract expires. This is a huge blow for the service, as NBC is the controlling interest in Apple customer-friendly intellectual properties like The Office, Battlestar Galactica, My Name is Earl and Heroes. From the article: 'The decision to withdraw the content follows disagreements between the two firms. Apple is thought to have rejected NBC's demands for more restrictive DRM and the introduction of flexible pricing. Apple was informed of NBC Universal's decision late last night. The report states that neither Apple nor NBC Universal would comment on the matter, but said they continue to talk, "free of acrimony".'"


This comment was added to the piece:

Hey NBC: I have chosen not to have cable, but want to pay you for Heroes. Guess what my only alternative will be if you pull it from iTunes?

Meaning ... people will start finding it on bit torrent or other FREE peer to peer services. I, for one, was interested in Bionic Woman, but will now just skip watching it unless Universal decides to start playing nice with Apple. It's really not an issue for me that Universal doesn't seem to like Apple ... it's that other services don't support Macs very well - that's why I like iTunes ... I know that Apple is out to support Macs FIRST!

[UPDATE] Official Apple Statement and Early withdrawal from Universal Contract

Summarized:

Apple's agreement with NBC ends in December. Since NBC would withdraw their shows in the middle of the television season, Apple has decided to not offer NBC TV shows for the upcoming television season beginning in September.

[UPDATE] NBC says Apple is the reason for the problem

5 comments:

I am a lover of children's literature said...

Hmmmm, great minds think alike... hee, hee, I just finished writing about NBC's foolish decision to pull out from iTunes, like ten seconds ago!

Seriously, I think NBC will 'smart' a hell-of-a-lot more than Apple's iTune service. I just read a lot of comments of people saying that they will resort to the 'you-know-what-method' of downloading NBC shows if they can't get it via iTunes.

Anonymous said...

Universal/NBC are truly insane. It's also reported by the NYT that Apple will announce ringtones Wednesday (9/5), but that Universal will not be participating.

I know the music group thinks they'll avoid iTunes by using Wal-Mart (stupid as that seems), but I'm not sure what avenue NBC plans to use. The new Hulu venture?

fixyourthinking said...

I think they will try Hulu ... but it doesn't make much sense.

Anonymous said...

Did you see toay's (Saturday) non-denial denial from NBC? Wow.

NBC issues a non-denial denial.

fixyourthinking said...

No, but thanks for the heads up ... I honestly think this will result in a lawsuit from Apple.