Posted Nov 14, 2011 @ 11:18 AM
Just wanted to pick up on the topic of why Chuck isn't showing up in any of the On-Demand or web based places like Hulu. As was mentioned in the 5-3 episode thread, ChuckTV.net is trying to get a specific answer, and they have pretty good connections. If they haven't gotten an answer yet, I'm guessing that the answer is either an unpalatable one that nobody wants to share, or it is currently tied up in legal and nobody's allowed to talk about it.
Since it's not available in any other format, I think the reason is probably coming from the production company rather than from NBC, but there's all sorts of ways that the contract between the two can allow or prohibit other distribution of new episodes of Chuck.
I can at least offer some first hand knowledge on the idea that NBC would be appeasing Cable Companies by restricting on-line options for their programs. Every contract I've ever seen between a programmer and a provider is dictated by the programmer. The cable or satellite providers can attempt to put up some resistance, but mostly they end up giving in because what are they going to do? Not show NBC?
On the specific topic of restricting on-line access, FOX recently decided to hold back everything for 8 days, but they put on their web site, if you want it now, tell your cable provider that you want them to sign up with FOX, and then you can sign in as a registered user.
This is not an effort to appease cable companies and hope that it will make people sign up for cable. This is an effort by FOX to turn the cable companies into a collection agency for their on-line content. When FOX goes to negotiate its next contract with Cablevision, it is going to ask Cablevision to pay them something like an additional $0.12 per month per basic subscriber to let their customers have the benefit of watching FOX shows immediately on the web. Cablevision, depending on how angry its customers are with the fact that it isn't one of the companies that is registered with FOX, will either tell FOX to pack sand or to agree to the fee and pass along this brand new $5,000,000 annual expense to its customers.
It does not seem likely that NBC is playing any sort of game in this new concept with Chuck, however. If they're going to go the route that FOX went, it would be with everything (and certainly not with a Friday night show that is getting less than 1.0 ratings in the 18-49 demo.) Maybe the production company is just banning the on-demand and internet options because they think they'll be able to get more money from DVD sales? Hard to say. I don't think they should be too worried about getting people hooked on the show anymore. Kind of late for that, given that the final 13 episodes are very much the final 13. If people weren't watching before, they are highly unlikely to pick up on it now.