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NBC online is sweet

Just ran across the new NBC website. They have free episodes of every show on the NBC network. The shows only go back 2 weeks (at most), and they have commercials where the commercials normally go, but still, its FREE!! Heck of a lot better than buying episodes off iTunes, which was a big news deal a few months back when NBC pulled their shows from the iTunes Store.

I haven’t quite figured out how to rip the shows to my ipod so I can watch them while I’m running, but I’m working on it. I’m thinking maybe rip the screen with SnagIt and render it with Windows Movie Maker, although that seems like a lot of work. Maybe some hack in Russia will do it for me for $3 an hour (message me if interested lol).

Now all NBC has to do is start shooting a few more entertaining shows and this could be the best thing since YouTube.

watch free episodes on NBC

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After watching episodes on the site daily for about a week, I have some observations:

  1. Use Internet Explorer. Lots of problems with Firefox, like bad buffering, freezes when put into fullscreen mode, and if you pause a video to watch later, it just repeats the same scene over and over again when you come back to it.
  2. This one is for the NBC ad staff – Flash ads should be small in file size. The commercial breaks are only 30 seconds (nice feature!), so some of the ads take 20 seconds or more to load. One example I saw was an interractive Nissan ad. By the time it loaded, there wasn’t any time to interract with the rollover info boxes places all over the vehicle. Looked like great graphics, but totally ineffective.
  3. Some shows only have the latest few episodes, so watch them while you can (for free that is).

December 19, 2007 Posted by | tv, video | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment