One giant leap for AOLelevision: (From the WashingtonPost.com) “AOL and Warner Bros. are planning to put thousands of episodes of once-popular television shows like “Welcome Back Kotter” and “Chico and the Man” on AOL.com, where high-speed Internet users can view them for free…The companies, both part of media giant Time Warner Inc., will profit by sharing revenue from advertising, including banner ads and four 15-second streaming video ads per 30-minute episode.”
The service will be called In2TV and will launch with interactive games and six channels.
“We have 4,800 episodes available during the first year.” … Two additional channels are in the works, he said, adding that computer users would have immediate access to new puzzles, trivia games and ways to interact with the programming itself.
Observation: Don’t think I’ll be spending much time watching old episodes of Maverick, however, I think this is a rather can’t-miss idea. Isn’t this the type of “synergy” that was supposed to come from the merger of Time and AOL?
Update: The WSJ’s version of the story (free).