March 2006


National Football LeagueWord comes today from MarketWatch that the most National of Leagues of Football is seeking to renegotiate their online licensing deal (currently with CBS Corporation’s SportsLine and Time Warner’s AOL) which expires in May. While no decision has been made yet regarding who would be a potential suitor, Apple’s name is being dropped alongside Microsoft, Sony, Google, Yahoo! and most likely CBS and AOL who, I imagine, would be interested in re-upping that contract.

The bad news for Apple here is that unlike many of their other arrangements, this isn’t a “let’s work together and all make money” kind of situation, but rather more of a “pay us a whole bunch of money for the rights to sell our content,” something that would likely be a radical change of direction for Apple. And we’re talking about all sorts of money involved, too. Sprint Nextel paid $600 million over five years for rights to highlights, statistics and programming from the NFL Network. So, while it’s certainly intriguing to think of the possibilities, I think Apple is kind of a dark horse in this race.

(Thanks, iLounge)

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Of all the adjectives I might use to describe my computer today, “cooperative” wouldn’t be amongst them. So, let’s try writing this post again…

ScrubsGood news on the “frequently requested” front. As previously reported by Tunevision, Disney’s Touchstone Television and NBC Universal have come together to get NBC’s Scrubs into iTunes. Currently, only the current season, season 5, is available and new episodes will be added as they are aired. No word on when or how older seasons might be added, but as you’ll recall from the previous blog post, Touchstone would receive all of the profits from previous season sales, so that may be a factor in the lack of expedience concerning previous seasons.

South Park Season PassAlso as previously reported on Tunevision, South Park seasons 3 and 10 (the current one, currently only one episode) have been added into iTunes. Also more good news here, South Park also has the season pass option. I’m happy to see more networks buying into the season pass option.

Another day, another addition or two. Let’s do this.

Ghost HuntersFirst up is for the Sci Fi channel fans. NBC Universal has added Ghost Hunters to iTunes. Well, not Ghost Hunters specifically, but “The Best of Ghost Hunters” which features a lot of the highlights from season 1. OK, if you’re a fan of the show, that may not be exactly what you’re looking for, but guess what? It’s offset by the fact that it’s free. So you can’t complain…too loudly at least. There is a season pass option, so new season 2 episodes will likely be added as they become available. The season resumes after its winter break tomorrow (3/29).

2006 Fashion Week HighlightsAlso added to iTunes, one for the fashionistas: highlights from 2006 Fashion Week—the Olympus Fashion Week in New York City and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Los Angeles. These are put together by IMG. I really have nothing to add to this one, seeing as how my fashion sense tends to incorporate various T-shirts and jeans and little else, but hey, if you’re interested, the highlights (which check in at over 20 minutes and are given the “Explicit” tag) are available for you to purchase.

Finally, one last change worth nothing. ABC has added season pass options for their two most popular shows, Lost and Desperate Housewives. Good to see more series taking advantage of this option.

First off, my apologies for a continued dearth of posts. I will be addressing that in a follow-up post. But for now, on to the new content.

The Showbiz ShowRemember the other day when I said that the bulk of Comedy Central programming was now available in iTunes? Turns out that there was one last show I had in mind that was still missing: The Showbiz Show with David Spade. Well, you can forget about that final Comedy Central oversight because the weekly entertainment series is now available for purchase in iTunes. That pretty much does it for Comedy Central’s original programming as now pretty much everything that is still an ongoing show. Well, there’s still Distraction, but whatever.

Hannah MontanaBut if that was the only show added to iTunes today, well, I wouldn’t have tacked on “Disney’s Hannah Montana” to the end of this blog post title, now would I? Of course not, that would’ve been an unethical attempt to improve my standing with Google (*cough*Friends Family Guy The Simpsons ER House 24 Survivor CSI The Amazing Race American Idol*cough*).

Moving on, Disney’s new (apparently) series, Hannah Montana, about a girl who leads a double life…as a pop star, is now available for purchase in iTunes for your tweens who are growing up too fast or your teens who aren’t growing up fast enough. It stars Miley Cyrus who is the daughter of country one-hit wonder Billy Ray Cyrus. So, go figure that. Apparently it does seem to have generated a significant level of buzz online from the intended audience (this is why us adults are just now hearing about this for this show for the first time), so it’s a good addition for Apple and Disney.

South ParkNo sooner after I mention South Park simply in passing, do I get the heads-up from alert reader (and Tunevision regular) Ruben about forthcoming episodes of South Park. I direct you to this message board thread at South Park Studios’ web site dated this past Sunday. It states that season three will be available in iTunes “very soon — possibly in the next few days.” It also goes on to say that “episodes of season 10 [Ed. The current season] should also be available on iTunes within a week of their airing on Comedy Central.”

So there you have it. I ask and I receive, apparently. Thanks for the heads up!

Mind of MenciaComedy Central continues to add to their stable of programming available in iTunes with Carlos Mencia’s Mind of Mencia. Wait, seriously? Mind of Mencia? Well, OK, I guess. I mean, I suppose the show has to have some audience somewhere. “Thank God Chappelle quit” indeed.

Anyways, my, uh, “personal” feelings aside, Mind of Mencia is available if you’re interested. The good news is that this means that the bulk of Comedy Central’s new programming is now available for purchase (except for new South Park episodes—go figure). So, there’s that.

Walt DisneyMore good news about the iTunes Music Store comes from the House of Mouse this time. TV Week is reporting that at the TelecomNext show in Las Vegas, Disney CEO Bob Iger told attendees that since they began selling content in the iTMS almost six months ago, they have sold over four million videos. Iger also said, “Technology has transformed authority from the distributor and creator to the consumer. Today’s consumer is more tech-savvy and governs how and when and at what price content is sent to them.”

(Thanks, MacMinute)

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