On Demand TV
NBC and CBS unveiled separate plans to make some of their prime-time shows available for viewers to watch at their leisure -- without commercials -- for 99 cents an episode, throwing open the door to 'on-demand' television. The back-to-back announcements on Monday from NBC Universal, a unit of General Electric Co., and Viacom Inc. -owned CBS, came weeks after Walt Disney Co.'s ABC began offering commercial-free Internet downloads of its biggest hits, 'Lost' and 'Desperate Housewives,' for $1.99 a piece.We all want on-demand television and movies. The industry has been slow to move forward, mostly from fears of piracy and worries about being able to control their distribution systems. Eventually we will get there though, and this is a nice step forward.