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The On Demand Future of TV

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 15 Nov 2005 00:34:08 -0500

The On Demand Future of TV
Aired: Monday, November 14, 2005 11-12PM ET

By host Tom Ashbrook:

There is a gusher of news from the world of television lately - and
maybe the end, we're told, of TV as we know it. The common theme is
the collision of television and the Internet, and everything going "on

Haven't had enough of "The Fugitive," "Eight is Enough," or "Welcome
Back Cotter"? There is news today that Warner Brothers and AOL will
put them all on line.

Last week, CBS and NBC announced 99-cent downloads, on demand, of
prime-time fare: CSI, Law & Order and more. ABC is pushing "Lost" and
"Desperate Housewives" through i-Tunes. The electronic hearth of
television is being shattered.

Hear about on demand and on your own, in TV-land.


* Tom Lowry, Senior Media Writer at Business Week, co-author of the
article "The End of TV (As You Know It)" in the current issue of
Business Week.

* Aaron Barnhart, Television Critic for the Kansas City Star

* Jim Nail, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, co-author of a
new report arguing that the "TV Schedule will soon be as irrelevant
as last night's news."

* Steven Johnson, author of "Everything Bad Is Good for You: How
Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter."

* Bob Thompson, Director of the Study of Popular Television at
Syracuse University.

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