Monday, May 15, 2006

A Thought Just Occured...

What if the SciFi Channel - in its ongoing bid to upgrade its image and make its web component a more vital part of its business model - did the following?

-- Licensed shows for its broadband portal like Survivors, Blake's 7, The Tomorrow People, Space: 1999, UFO, The Starlost, etc...

-- Placed advertising with those shows for streaming...

-- But also made them available commercial free for download for a small fee per episode or subscription (but only in the states)

-- Negotiated deals for the DVD rights for some of these shows through their Universal DVD label.

What if they also streamed their Scifi Original movies?

We know they are making original programming for the web - and that has been long overdue and will be a great engine to drive the curious to the site - but since there's all these other portals springing up, wouldn't it make sense for the channel to be the great repository of all things Scifi? An archive that feeds the beast?

2 comments:

Shawna said...

Hey, have you read this yet this morning? http://www.thefutoncritic.com/pr.aspx?id=20060515nbc02

NBC details their online content, which is pretty impressive, I think.

Bill Cunningham said...

A step in the right direction to be sure - but again, nothing about archiving previous content.

Another question - is this going to put TiVo in a tizzy?