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Fox Will Show TV Re-Runs on Internet

Reuters News Wire (
Fri, 14 Apr 2006 13:11:05 -0500

News Corp.'s Fox network has signed a six-year agreement with its 187
affiliated stations that will let it show reruns of its television
programs on the Internet, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web
site on Thursday.

The revenue-sharing agreement allows Fox to make 60 percent of its
prime-time schedule available online the morning after the shows air,
the Journal reported.

The formula is complex, but stations essentially will get a 12.5
percent cut after costs, the paper also reported.

A News Corp. spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

Fox is the home of hit programs such as "American Idol" and "The
Simpsons," and is the latest television network to take a shot at
making its programming available online as more people turn to the
Internet for entertainment.

Walt Disney Co.'s ABC television network announcement earlier this
week that it will offer some of its most popular shows, including
"Desperate Housewives" and "Lost," for free on an advertising-
supported Web service.

It also comes after CBS Corp. made the "March Madness" NCAA college
basketball playoff games available online.

General Electric Co.'s NBC last December started offering programs for
sale on Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes downloading service.

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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