July 13, 2006


Get CBS News on demand from Amazon (Monica Soto Ouchi, 7/13/06, Seattle Times)

Developed by Amazon subsidiary CustomFlix Labs, the service allows customers to select and create customized DVDs from up to 10 CBS News segments or 90 minutes of video.

CBS News said it planned to offer content not widely available to the public before, including segments from "60 Minutes," classic and current "Evening News" broadcasts and "CBS Long-Form Documentaries" produced in the past 10 years.

While film and TV networks already sell their most popular titles online, the service erases the financial risk associated with manufacturing DVDs and holding inventory for lesser-known works that might not sell quickly, if at all.

CustomFlix managing director Dana Lopiccolo-Giles said the service also enables CBS to offer a wider selection of content to customers. "There's some real depth and incredible stories that really weren't available before," he said. [...]

The service has enabled TV networks to offer up niche shows for sale on DVD, including NBC's Westerminster dog show, plus the "Antique Roadshow" and "Nova" for PBS.

There's no reason to burn the DVD at all, just access the date on-line.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 13, 2006 7:45 AM

To paraphase a scathing movie review I once read: "Skip the CBS TV news live broadcast and, when it becomes available on-line, don't access it."

Posted by: Rick T. at July 13, 2006 9:14 AM

But without Dan "the Frequency Man" Rather, what's the point? It'd be like watching those Comedy Central news shows, but without the laughs. ... Oh, right, they're not funny either.


Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 13, 2006 10:49 AM

Lets see ... Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos signs a deal with CBS to rebroadcast their news shows at the same time he's running a weekly podcast on-site featuring failed ABC show host Bill Maher, while CBS's miffed ex-anchor Dan Rather inks a deal to do news shows on HD-Net, owned by billionaire Mark Cuban.

Yep, these internet pioneers are on the cutting edge of giving folks new and exciting things to view and download on their computers, aren't they? I eagerly await Google's owners starting up some sort of video news/documentary podcast show featuring fresh new faces like Bill Moyers or Ted Koppel to really excite the folks with wifi or broadband connections.

Posted by: John at July 13, 2006 3:29 PM