Abc Launches Web "Experiment"
ABC on Monday began making episodes of four dramatic shows available online for free at dynamic.abc.go.com. "Welcome to the only place online where you can watch full episodes of your favorite ABC television shows!" it bannered. Included among the four shows was the Desperate Housewives episode "It Wasn't Meant to Happen," which aired the night before, as well as last week's episodes of Lost, Alias, and Commander in Chief. The experimental run of the shows is due to last through June. A commercial is presented at the beginning and two or three within each show, which cannot be skipped; however, the content of the shows can be skipped, repeated, or paused. They cannot be accessed from overseas. Meanwhile, NBC on Monday also began making the first hour of Today available online at no cost. Each show will be archived for a week.