NBC.com to offer free downloads of ‘The Office’

From today’s press release:

NBC.com today announced the launch of its new service, “NBC Direct,” which will allow users to download and view NBC’s popular primetime and late-night entertainment programming on their desktops for up to one week after broadcast … The list of programs available at launch will include “Heroes,” “The Office,” “Life,” “Bionic Woman,” “30 Rock,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”


Tipster: Scott


  1. Wow, NBC is really trying to spin the whole Itunes thing their way… Hey, whatever. At least I won’t need to buy cable just to see my favorite show.

  2. So when they say ‘download’, does that mean I can keep the whole episode for as long as I want and watch it how many times I want to?
    OR does it mean that It’s going to buffer and I can only see it once, unless I go through the process again?

  3. That’s smart for NBC. They really screwed (or ITunes screwed them, who knows the truth) themselves breaking off the relationship. The Office along with other shows were saved bc of the downloading site and the new shows plus the old ones that are drowning (30 Rock) really need something like this as an alternative.

  4. “for up to one week after broadcast . . . ” Only one week? Hmmm, hopefully there’s a way to get around that . . .

  5. They still won’t be able to be put on iPods though, right? And the link says “ad-supported”, so they are going to include commercials too. I guess they are all about greed at NBC. That being said, I will still probably download them.

  6. Yeah this is cool. I downloaded some Office episodes off iTunes 2 years ago and can watch them today the same as I did then. This may be free, but I’d rather pay the $2 to keep the download forever without ads.

  7. Depending on what type of file the download will be, it may be possible to convert that file to work with itunes. (insert evil laugh here)

  8. Forgive my confusion, is this in addition to, or instead of, the online streaming that we heard about recently? Anyone?

  9. It sounds good for now. If you read the last couple graphs though, they talk about adding “paid business plans,” including download-to-own, rental and subscription. And DRM is a fairly controversial subject.

    I’ll really miss being able to get and keep them via iTunes. I don’t have Tivo, and iTunes helped me so much in really getting into the show during the second season, esp. when my work schedule didn’t let me get home in time to watch. I still bought the DVD sets of course. :)

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