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NBC Says It Will Pull Shows From ITunes

Friday, August 31, 2007 11:35:09 AM
NBC Universal has told Apple Inc. that it would not allow its television content to be sold on iTunes following a dispute over pricing.

NBC Universal-controlled television programming accounts for an estimated 40 percent of the video downloads on iTunes.

The company's contract to sell more than 1,500 hours of news, sports and entertainment programming on iTunes expires at the end of December. NBC was required to inform Apple by Friday if the contract would not renewed, said Amy Zelvin, spokeswoman for NBC Universal Digital.

Apple was not immediately available for comment Friday.

The companies are expected to continue negotiations. But NBC Universal's hardball tactics, reported Friday in The New York Times, illustrates unrest among content providers concerning Apple's pricing policies.

iTunes offers songs for download at 99 cents and video for $1.99. Media companies want more say in pricing and, in NBC Universal's case, is anxious to offer different packages by bundling programs together at different prices.

Availability of Web-popular programs like USA's "Psych," NBC's "30 Rock" and Sci Fi's "Battlestar Gallactica" would all be affected.

NBC Universal also wants iTunes to stiffen anti-piracy provisions so computer users would not have easy access to illegal downloads.
 

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Man I'm digging these titles Jules :D Now if I can just get "The Humpty Dance" out of my head...
 

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Stupid move by NBC.
I'm not so sure it is. If I remember correctly Universal Records has also pulled out from ITunes. It seems as if ITunes is loosing content fast and NBC does not want to be the last one on the ship when it goes down. I think a lot of companies want to put their content in places that price better and also allow people to download the content onto any brand of MP3 player.
 

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Don't even get me f'king started on this!!

I'm going to be SOOO f'king pissed if I can't buy 'The Office' on iTunes!


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