View Full Version : ABC Site Buckles as Network Streams First Ad-Supported Shows

May 4, 2006, 10:09 PM
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Link: ABC Site Buckles as Network Streams First Ad-Supported Shows (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20060504230922)
Description:: ABC's Web site crashed twice yesterday as Internet users flocked to watch streaming versions of its most popular shows, including "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives."

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May 5, 2006, 02:26 PM
Since I live in a major American city yet can't get even a trace of ABC over the air (their broadcast is powered by a watch battery I believe), I'm glad to have some free alternative to keep up with Lost. And it's Mac-friendly without ties to Microsoft control.

I don't even think I mind the ad-and-then-click-to-keep-watching idea. I already tolerate longer ad blocks than that on regular TV, and I just go do something else or talk. Annoying but a fact of life. At least this way the show doesn't go on without you clicking--so you won't accidentally miss when the show comes back on.

I wish all content was free AND ad-free, but then nobody would create it...

Here's the link:

May 5, 2006, 02:32 PM
I took a look at it last night, and found myself wishing that Fox did this (I was taking a final during Pt 2 of the House finale - a summary just isn't the same). While this is a good idea for regular viewers, it would be nice albeit strenuous on their servers and bandwidth if they offered more than just the recently aired episode. With Lost, we missed the beginning of the season, and it seemed silly to watch without the specific background...

May 5, 2006, 06:10 PM
I was hoping they'd offer the whole season. Maybe they will at least keep it going with summer reruns so I can see it all in order.

Or if the ads make for a successful business model, hopefully they'll expand and offer whole seasons.