NBC will start offering its top television shows as ad-supported downloads this fall (autumn) from the NBC Direct website.
The announcement is a major setback for the NBC/ News Corp joint venture Hulu, which was originally set up to offer this very content. The announcement also follows on from NBC’s decision to discontinue offering its TV shows via iTunes by the end of the year.
NewTeeVee reported that shows to be offered by the service include Heroes, The Office, Life, Bionic Woman, 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Initially the service will only include Windows Downloads; support for over devices, and Apple computers will be added lately.
We can’t deadpool Hulu just yet, but thing just keeps going from bad to worse for a company initially dubbed ClownCo.