I missed the first episode of the V last night and forgot to DVR it. “No big deal,” I thought, “I’ll catch it on Hulu tomorrow.”
Unh-unh. No such luck, my friend. V is not available on either Hulu or ABC.com (s DIS) today. The pilot is, however, available for free on electronic sell-through sites Amazon VOD (s AMZN) and iTunes (s AAPL) (hat tip to TV by the Numbers).
Instead of the full episode, ABC.com greeted me with a survey that asked a bunch of questions relating to online video and release windows for content. Screengrabs below but a good example is: “Given a choice, would you rather watch future V episodes online or on TV?”
It looks like episodes of V won’t be available online until four days after they air on TV (but, they will have fancy social TV functionality). Overall, ABC is obviously trying to gauge the viewing behavior of its audience, which, for a show like V is probably a tech-savvy one.
All the networks are coping with changing TV viewing habits, so it’s no surprise ABC is is asking some straightforward questions. We’re just wondering what took them so long. Here are some questions from the survey: