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After an acrimonious and public split from Apple last year, NBC says it wants to put its TV content back on iTunes — but the peacock wants anti-piracy measures and flexibility over pricing first. Speaking at the ad:tech conference in San Francisco, NBC Chief Digital Officer […]

After an acrimonious and public split from Apple last year, NBC says it wants to put its TV content back on iTunes — but the peacock wants anti-piracy measures and flexibility over pricing first.

Speaking at the ad:tech conference in San Francisco, NBC Chief Digital Officer George Kliavkoff didn’t mention iTunes by name when discussing piracy, but according to CNET, it was clear who he meant. Kliavkoff insinuated that Apple could create some type of mechanism in its iTunes/iPod combo to sniff out pirated content.

One way NBC is fighting piracy is with Hulu. Kliavkoff cited the increased speed with which Hulu now posts Saturday Night Live content as an example of providing fans with a legitimate means to access the content they want.

Kliavkoff said that NBCU still distributes its movie content through iTunes, so the two companies do talk, but the network would like to see some new pricing options before it reinstates TV content.

“It’s really difficult for us to work with any distribution partner who says ‘Here’s the wholesale price and the retail price,’ especially when the price doesn’t reflect the full value of the product.”

The spat over pricing is nothing new. Jeff Zucker, NBCU president and CEO, has complained about Apple’s pricing practices before, at one point even suggesting that his network should get a cut of iPod sales.

  1. Sadly, it appears that NBC still doesn’t want to face the obvious future of “free” — exact bit to bit coping of ANY content is how everything works from here on out…

    There is no such thing as “anti-piracy”, that’s absurd, the Web completely kills that 1970′s concept… now, there is “ONLY” creating great content with the marginal “HOPE” you will make some money.

    So give up the ghost… there is no longer serious profit in ANY music, tv or movie type… the PEOPLE have spoken, and “free” is the best choice…

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  2. [...] What does that have to do with NBC selling shows through iTunes that would be appropriately locked down with DRM—thereby making money on those next-gen products? Ummm… we’re not certain. Just don’t count on seeing NBC Universal-produced TV shows back on iTunes for a while, since Apple’s probably not gonna cave on pricing and definitely won’t turn iTunes in a subject matter filter/gatekeeper, ’cause that would kill the iPod. [Cnet via NewTeeVee] [...]

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  3. If I understand what Kliavkoff is saying, the piracy issue isn’t about the content that NBC would be selling on iTunes. There’s already DRM in the content that the iTunes store sells. I suspect he means that NBC wants Apple to take steps to disable any content that users get from other sources which is copyrighted content. Maybe I’m wrong, but it’s the only thing that makes sense. Since the content that the iTunes store sells is already DRMed, he must want Apple to police what users put on their iPods or into the iTunes software. That is NOT going to happen, now or ever, IMO.

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  4. [...] turn iTunes in a content filter/gatekeeper, ’cause that would kill the iPod. [Cnet via NewTeeVee] Bookmark [...]

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  5. [...] shot across the bow came from NBC Universal’s Chief Digital Officer George Kliavkoff at ad:tech this week, when [...]

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