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Yahoo streams CBS sitcoms

updated 11:40 am EST, Tue December 27, 2005

Yahoo streams CBS sitcoms

Yahoo today announced that it is to offer its content via iTunes after rival network ABC made several hit shows available through the online store.

Yahoo is offering the commercial-free episodes of "Two and a half men" entitled "We called it Mr. Pinky" and "Madame and her special friend" as well as "How I met your mother" episodes dubbed "The pineapple incident" and "The sweet taste of liberty" until Monday, January 2nd, according to the Associated Press.




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yeah!

    Just what we need, the ability to see shows we could watch if, say, we just turned on the TV....

    How about something that's not available anywhere else. Where's Supertrain?????

  1. Double_UK

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    US only...

    Tryin' to watch the episode I got a dissapointing 'not correct region'-type of warning. So for us Europeans it's a no-show

  1. t6hawk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: us only

    Doesn't work for Canada either. I can't say I'm surprised though.

  1. Eriamjh

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Does it work for Macs?

    Well, does it?

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Apple's only Competition

    Apple's only competition seems to be when people give stuff away for free. And even then it usually doesn't fly.

    If I have my choice, I'd rather buy a program for $2 and watch it on my iPod wherever I want to.

    Try watching a streamed program on an airplane :)

  1. howdesign

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not Compatible with Macs

    Haven't exhausted all options, but can't get it to play in Safari. Part of Yahoo's embarrasing yet notoriously poor Mac support. They want to play with the big boys when it comes to delivering content, but they are still living in the 20th century when it comes to supporting other platforms.

  1. lordandrei

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Please note:

    From Yahoo's Help pages-

    Please Note: Yahoo! Video is currently not compatible with Macintosh, Linux, or Unix systems.

    -=-=-

    Personally, I don't see 2 temporary episodes, available only by net sustained stream over a protocol that is slower and not as clean as Quicktime presenting a great amount of competition to the infrastructure that iTunes has built.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hardee har-har

    Quote: "Doesn't work for Canada either. I can't say I'm surprised though. "

    Well first you'll need electricity, then a computer...this isn't yahoo's fault.

  1. Ilgaz

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Looks like USA only

    Well, we air at least two and a half man here in Istanbul. Not a big loss :)

    Thing is, they rushed it too bad it seems. Normally it should be "Not Available in Your Region" in plain HTML. That is the tradition.

    Also they use either Macromedia Flash or Wmedia format for streaming, nowhere near Quicktime or Realvideo 10 quality.

    I would be surprised if they have fullscreen option available.

  1. Ilgaz

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    You know why not?

    Yahoo got sort of an exclusive agreement with Microsoft and they do dirty tricks whatever your platform is, to show windows media.

    If you have a Windows based PC out there, launch IE without signing in to Yahoo, having everything (QT, Real, Macromedia Flash) installed. Click a video story.

    If it is Yahoo content, it will do "cool tricks" detecting your media player etc. After that, if you are lucky, you will have "settings" with windows media PRE SELECTED or, wmedia will start playing right away.

    I am not anti MS or something but Wmedia... The format is awful, a joke if dropped to 100k levels. Servers are such a joke that BBC like monsters can't dare to try them even. Of course, one of reasons servers are a joke is: Unlike Real or Quicktime, you can't run Unix (OS X, Solaris, Linux) based monsters to serve streaming.

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