Fox to limit watching of new TV episodes online after August 15

The days of watching an episode of your favorite TV show online the day after the episode is shown on television may be coming to an end. The Fox TV network has announced this week that starting on August 15, most people will have to wait eight days before watching a previously broadcast TV episode online like Glee, Fringe, House, Family Guy and others on outlets such as Hulu Plus. The one exception, at least at the moment, are people who subscribe to the Dish Network satellite TV service. They will be able to use their Dish Network username and password to watch Fox episodes the day after they are shown as usual. Fox says that more cable and satellite outlets will also provide the same service that Dish Network will have on August 15.

So why is Fox changing the rules for watching its episodes online all of a sudden? According to the Wall Street Journal, Fox is worried that more and more people are choosing to watch episodes online first rather than watching them in front of their television sets. Fox TV executive Mike Hopkins admits, "We understand that there may be consumers that are unhappy." However he adds that putting up an 8 day viewing barrier might allow Fox to add even more content from its TV network online in the future. The article says that other TV networks such as ABC and CBS are thinking about delaying the official online release of new TV episodes of its shows as well.

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Anybody watch COPS? I've been watching that show since it came out in the 80s. You can't make up the stuff you see on that show, heh.

when its online, I can watch it on my schedule not theirs. Also for those who say just DVR it, My cable company charges 10 bucks a month for it and I would rather pay hulu and Netflix that money and get more for my money.

After cancelling firefly and some other shows, just when you thought Fox couldn't be any dumber, they did it.

Now, people are just going to cancel their hulu+ and start pirating more. GJ FOX!

Fox, ignorantly promoting piracy...

I wonder by placating their local stations, how it averages out with all the Ad revenue loss due to piracy. They don't seem to realize that even the average joe and non-tech people are easily able to obtain their shows through other means.


PS I would imagine stuff like this is why Hulu is trying to make a fast sale. They are having trouble getting the licensing for Hulu Plus on devices already, and their licensing deals are very fragile with even Hulu keeping themselves as the Licensee can't keep the exclusive licensing agreements that many wanting to buy them out would need.

Maybe it is time to say goodbye to things like Hulu and push for a national online broadcast standands so that there is at least a consistent interface of access. This would also put in place methods for the local stations to provide advertising and be far easier for the consumers. But that would make too much sense...

stupid move by fox..

All the networks and even cable channels should just get together and setup a system like Crunchyroll.com.. Have an affordable paid subscription for ppl that want to view it sameday/1day later and up to the first week and every week a new episode is released the previous week show is made free to all with commercials placed in them. .. *shrug*

There are ways to get around this obviously.. change IP's, clone mac's, use diff usernames etc etc... where there is a will there is a way!

Even though I can't watch them here in Canada, this is pretty stupid. People are just going to switch back to torrents.

Lexcyn said,
Even though I can't watch them here in Canada, this is pretty stupid. People are just going to switch back to torrents.

Switch...back?
I never left. lol

Lexcyn said,
Even though I can't watch them here in Canada, this is pretty stupid. People are just going to switch back to torrents.

I never had a problem when tethered from my rogers cell phone Guess that Ontario IP looks a lot like a chicago one?

Fox is obviously feeling hurt and lacking lots of money after their newspapers were shut down in the UK and murdoch being proven to be a ****ing moron.

n_K said,
Fox is obviously feeling hurt and lacking lots of money after their newspapers were shut down in the UK and murdoch being proven to be a ****ing moron.

doubt it... Fox is doing just fine. I'm sure Fox won't be the last doing this either. Everybody needs to make money off of advertising.

There's no reason to apply that delay to pay services like Hulu Plus. I would understand this kind of behavior at CBS, where they show episodes on their website for free the very next day. Not in this circumstance.

It doesn't matter to me.... I've stopped watching Fox ages ago. Whenever I have the urge to watch a new Fox series, I am reminded about Firefly and Dollhouse.

Z'Loth said,
It doesn't matter to me.... I've stopped watching Fox ages ago. Whenever I have the urge to watch a new Fox series, I am reminded about Firefly and Dollhouse.

Yeah they have nothing good. Those ******* canceled Lie To Me.

Fox is worried that more and more people are choosing to watch episodes online first rather than watching them in front of their television sets.

Fine, I won't do that anymore then. I'll just torrent the episodes.

Fox is worried that more and more people are choosing to watch episodes online first rather than watching them in front of their television sets.

Those that can't or choose not to watch them when they are aired on TV usually have good reasons for not doing so. Busy lives, lack of a DVR, not yet released in their country, etc...

By doing this all they'll do is encourage people to grab the episodes online via other channels, ie. Piracy. This is a royally stupid move if you ask me.

I know given the choice, I'd prefer to watch new episodes on a TV in HD at a time of my choosing using my DVR (Sky+). I only grab the episodes online when the TV studios and local channels don't show the episodes when they are first released. Like showing some series here in the UK months after they are shown in the USA for example.