More Networks on Demand

Following on the heels of the successful deal between iTunes and Disney to make episodes froom some of the ABC television network’s top shows available for download at $2 a pop, two new agreements were announced last week. NBC has a deal with DirecTV to offer episodes of a number of major shows for download to an interactive video recorder. And CBS has arranged with Comcast to provide on-demand access to some of the network’s top shows.

This appears to be a rapid response to the Apple/Disney deal, and it can only be good for consumers in the long run. Some of the conditions for downloading and viewing are a bit restrictive — the Comcast shows have to be viewed within 24 hours of when they were ordered — but I expect competition and experience will loosen the restraints. And based on how quickly these moves came, I expect those changes to come sooner than later.