Broadcasting has announced that its new episodes will no longer
be available for free on the Web until eight days after they debut.
According to Fox, the only way to watch
recently-aired episodes before the eight days is to be a DISH
Network subscriber. Other cable/satellite providers will be
added to the list over time.
For those of you who use Hulu to watch
new Fox episodes of shows like "Family Guy" and "Glee," you
must have Hulu's paid subscription service in order to watch them before the
eight-day waiting period as well.
Non-cable/satellite subscribers can watch the new
episodes online for free after eight days post-debut.
According to Fox, DISH Network is the first
provider to release this feature, but "more are coming soon."
concerned that cord-cutting is going to be a problem," said
Fox President of Affiliate Sales, Mike Hopkins. "The more you enable
it by putting content out there for free without any tether to a pay-TV
subscription, the bigger that danger becomes."
that there may be consumers that are unhappy. If this works, you're going to
see a lot more content online," Hopkins added.
This new feature will take effect August 15, 2011.