Daily DigVid Review: Sex and the City, Anywhere, Anytime
Ok, granted, it’s been more like the semi-Daily DVR in the past couple of days, but an onslaught of work has kept me from my blogging duties. My apologies but everyone is so busy with upfronts you probably haven’t even noticed, right?
On to the digital news of the day.
From the upfronts:
NBC went first, per usual, and with NBC highly focused on all things digital, it’s no surprise that some digital announcements were part of the pared-down show (or was it?). NBC is developing a digital health network, which combines the resources of YourTotalHealth.com, the health section on NBC Universal’s iVillage, with those of non-NBC U sites Healthline Networks and RightHealth. The new site will include videos produced by NBC News, NBC Local Media and Healthology.com.
Other sites that offer similar information include Oprah.com – whose namesake, Oprah Winfrey, is working hard to beef up her own online presence, according to the NY Post’s Don Kaplan — and Warner Bros.’ MomLogic.com.
If you’ve been to iTunes today, you know that what Portfolio.com reported is true: HBO shows are now available on iTunes – just in time for the premiere of the much-anticipated (if you are me) and much-marketed Sex and the City Movie on May 30. The most interesting part of the deal is the pricing: most hour-long HBO shows will go for $2.99/episode, while others (Sex and the City, Entourage, and The Wire) will go for the standard $1.99/episode. Does this mean Apple is relaxing its policy of $1.99/episode for TV downloads? And if so, should we expect to see NBC back on iTunes? Does NBC even need iTunes now that Hulu.com is up and running?
Just for fun, watch Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly (whom MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann names “the worst person in the world” pretty much every day) have a total meltdown over teleprompter problems while taping Inside Edition years ago. The best part of this video is that it doesn’t phase faze the guy behind the camera at all. (An off-the-subject note to MSNBC: Countdown’s Web site desperately needs a refurb.)