Saturday, January 30, 2010

Why does NBC do this?

NBC blocks its shows from streaming in India, but Viacom (Comedy Central, CBS) doesn't. So I have been able to watch the Daily Show and Letterman, but I couldn't watch Conan's last show.

Why do they do this? Students here seem pretty hooked on Jon Stewart; it seems to me this might translate to DVD revenue somehow.


Wendy said...

NBC probably sells programs to Indian TV stations, so they then have the broadcast rights (including internet broadcasting) in India.

It's the same from Canada -- you typically cannot watch American programing on the internet unless you go through the Canadian distributor with the Canadian rights (and you can't watch CBC from the US).

John said...

Same with other Asian countries. Perhaps they will implement subscription.