Thursday, August 28, 2008

Fringe Streamed to Dorms

Fox has announced it plans to stream the premiere episodes of Fringe and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles online to college students at the same time they premiere on TV. To view the stream, the computers must be located on a .edu domain probably limiting its streamers to those that live in college dorms.

The move is said to be an attempt to get students that probably have a computer but not a TV to watch the show. More likely the it’s an attempt to curtail later bittorrent downloads of television shows as the networks continue to have the false assumption that one download = one loss sale.

"We talked about what we could do with colleges given the fact that we have so much traffic coming from them," said Fox Entertainment chairman Peter Liguori. "The light bulb went off -- by simul-streaming 'Fringe' and 'Sarah Connor,' (the college students) get to see the show, and we get the increased fanbase and buzz."

Terminator premieres September 8th and Fringe on September 9th.

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