January 13, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger
The online TV/movie provider competition continues to heat up as we turn to the web more frequently for convenient viewing.
If YouTube and Hulu were the buzzwords and Internet video darlings of 2007 and 2008, perhaps ‘09 will be the year of TV.com as the hot site everyone’s going to.
The CBS Interactive-owned site combines videos and social interactivity for more than your average online viewing experience, and according to Ars Technica this week signed on a bunch of new content providers—to beef up its selection to more than 38,000 videos (clips and full episodes) from over 19,000 shows.
Of course, a host of shows from the eye network are prominently there, like “The Unit” and “NCIS,” and Ars says new content will come from Sony Pictures Television, MGM, PBS, and Endemol USA.
The high-def video section is pretty robust as well, with 65 pages of choices, including nine of full episodes—Trekkies can indulge in many HD episodes of the original “Star Trek” on the site.
The added content partnerships comes on the heels of a redesign last month, which made the viewing experience a bit more Hulu-like, but maintained features like news, trivia, forums and “buzz.” We’ll keep an ear out for the online TV buzz this year, and whether all those new networked TVs from CES 2009 that already have YouTube and Hulu capability add TV.com to the mix.
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