Disney-ABC Television Group's ABC Entertainment and the Warner Bros. Television Group announced today that they have reached an agreement regarding the digital distribution of "Big Shots
," "Men In Trees
," "Notes from the Underbelly
" and "Pushing Daisies
In addition, new episodes of returning series "The Bachelor
," "Brothers & Sisters
," "Dancing with the Stars
," "Desperate Housewives
," "Grey's Anatomy
," "October Road
" and "Ugly Betty
," as well as episodes of the new series "Carpoolers
," "Dirty Sexy Money
," "Eli Stone
" "Private Practice
" and "Samantha Who?" will be offered free to consumers on ABC's website the day after their broadcast premieres. Generally, four episodes per series will be available at any given time.
Under the terms of the experimental deal, ABC has the ability to distribute all four series as non-permanent offerings, which includes streaming episodes online and retaining the advertising revenue generated on ABC.com's Emmy Award-winning broadband player, as well as utilizing the pilots on alternative platforms to launch the shows. The episodes will be available at ABC.com the day after their broadcast premieres.
The unique two-year deal allows ABC.com to stream each episode up to four weeks after its broadcast, and in return, Warner Bros. will have the same rights the following year with respect to past episodes previously streamed on ABC.com, and in addition will be able to offer digital downloads of the prior year's episodes, as well as DVD boxed sets. While Warner Bros. will be able to stream the episodes to unlimited outlets, the episodes will be branded ABC and promote back to the network.