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NBC Direct beta open

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 13 Nov 2007 9:49

NBC Direct beta open Announced around the same time that Hulu launched its beta, NBC Direct has entered into beta now, and is already stirring up tech sites to point out everything that's wrong with it. Compared to Hulu, NBC Direct not only offers nothing more, it offers much less and for a more limited time. It carries under 20 shows, some of which only come in two minute digests, while Hulu carries content from NBC, Fox, E!, FUEL TV, SciFi channel, and USA Networks.
NBC Direct is only available through a Windows Media Player and Internet Explorer-enabled client and requires the latest .NET framework to be present. After a show airs, episodes can be downloaded for 48 hours, not a whole lot of time to provide viewers with an option to catch up.

The service offers no mobile support and any of the programs are available in a more convenient fashion with Hulu. It seems that much more work is needed on NBC Direct, which the company will no doubt be told time and time again from feedback of the beta.


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