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Lacy vs. CalzagheEnough already, Apple! Can’t a guy get any sleep around here what with all the new content and such?

Well, not content to try their hand at the comedy game in iTunes, Showtime decides to get into the sporting game as well. We can’t let ESPN and ABC have all the fun and profits, now can we? Showtime is making available (or, will make available, it’s listed but unavailable at the moment—if you’re reading this Friday morning, it may be available now) their Showtime Championship Boxing programming in iTunes. This particular fight, the Super Middleweight Title Unification bout between Jeff Lacy and Joe Calzaghe, actually happened last Saturday, so I won’t spoil it for you. But hopefully, in the future, they’ll add fights in a more expedient fashion.

This really has been quite the red-letter week in iTunes television. Many barriers that I’ve felt have restricted some of the potential program offerings have been removed this week. We now have access to shows that run daily, actual sporting events and content available on DVD at the normal iTunes price. I look forward to what else is in store. But not now; now is for sleeping.

Well, it’s supposed to be new content Tuesday, but it looks like somebody broke something. I can only assume, however, that it will be fixed later today. In the meantime, let’s look at what’s there now and I’ll update when it’s fixed.

Showtime apparently wants some of that sweet, sweet stand-up comedy candy. They’re jumping into the act with their uncensored, one-hour Dave Chapelle special, For What It’s Worth. I expect this to be a top-seller very quickly.

And that’s it at the moment. iTunes appears to be broken at the moment as the lower half of the page is currently missing. I can only imagine the reason why, but I bet that more content will be added later once someone on the west coast wakes up and realizes that someone else screwed up. There is one possible hint, though. The Comedy Central Stand-Up section is now misnumbered. It could be hinting of some additions to it today, but this is pure speculation.

We’ll find out soon enough. As soon as I know more, I’ll post here.

(And I apologize for the lack of posting lately, I will be remedying this very shortly.)

UPDATE: Actually, this appears to be it for this week. There are two new episodes of Inside the Actors Studio of Morgan Freeman and Martin Lawrence and that’s all the updating we get today. Later today I’ll post a summary of everything that’s been added since my last update.

ShowtimePremium cable network Showtime has added some of their library of entertainment to the iTunes Music Store. Alert reader Ruben discovered this last night while I was fast asleep. The new television shows that they’ve added are Sleeper Cell, Weeds and Fat Actress, the reality/comedy from Kirstie Alley.

Two things that are especially interesting are in play here. One, this is the first of the premium cable networks to offer their ware on iTMS. Because these programs already air commercial-free and for a premium from their customers, I was wondering if the opportunity to sell them piecemeal through iTunes would be enough of a value proposition for these networks. Apparently it is.

Secondly, and perhaps even more importantly, Showtime is owned by CBS Corporation. Does this mean that CBS could be joining the iTunes fold soon? It certainly means that negotiations are already coming to some sort of fruition.