PBS inked two paid download deals with BitTorrent and Vuze for primetime series like “History Detectives,” “Nova,” and “Scientific American Frontiers,” as well as kid content like “Caillou” and “Teletubbies.”
Paid downloads make sense for the commercial-free PBS, which already has an extensive iTunes deal, including a special Ken Burns section. Both Vuze and BitTorrent are undercutting iTunes on some of the more ridiculously-priced PBS offerings. An episode of “Nova” retailing for $7.99 on iTunes is selling for $5.99 on BitTorrent and Vuze. Who pays $7.99 for “Battle of the X Planes,” anyway?
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