More middleman mayhem

NBC has cut a deal with cable set-top box maker Aeon Digital to provide programs on-demand. From MediaDailyNews:

The deal…will allow consumers to access NBC Universal Television Distribution shows, “Blind Date,” “The 5th Wheel,” and a special uncensored episode of “Jerry Springer.”

NBC Universal theatrical movies will also be available–“Ray” and “The Motorcycle Diaries,” “The Skeleton Key,” and “The Wedding Date,” as well as upcoming premieres of “The 40-Year Old Virgin” and “The Constant Gardener.”

As more and more networks (studios) explore how to distribute the content they own, it’s clear that the role of the middleman (TV station, movie theater, video store) is a business model with a questionable future.

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