Passions fans heads up! Forget to set your VCRs or TiVos? Fear not. You will never have to miss an episode of your favorite soap opera again.
NBC has announced it's ground-breaking initiative to stream full episodes of Passions online at http://www.nbc.com/Video/rewind/full_episodes/passions.shtml, available daily after 6 PM Pacific time. This marks the first time any network has made complete episodes of a daytime drama available for streaming online. The best part is they are completely free! The announcement was made today by Jeff Gaspin, President NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, Digital Content and Cross-Network Strategy. The move takes media convergence to the next level for NBC daytime.
"As we have shown with our primetime programming, adding digital extensions to our shows is immensely popular," said Gaspin. "We anticipate similar results with 'Passions' because this daypart has such loyal viewers and we're making it available on another platform."
This is not the first time same day episode of soaps have been accessible via the internet, however. Sony offered same day downloads of Days of our Lives, Young and the Restless and As the World Turns at SoapCity, a web destination for soap fans that covered all nine US soaps. Unfortunately, SoapCity ultimately met it's demise several years ago when Sony decided to cut bait and only operate sites for the two soaps in which it has some ownership or distribution interests (Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives respectively). Two differences between Sony's SoapCity's product and this new offering of Passions from NBC. Sony required a download and a subscription. Passions will stream completely free.
Let us not forget SOAPnet, the Disney-owned soap opera cable network, which shows same day episodes of All My Children, General Hospital, One Life to Live, Days of our Lives and Young and the Restless, but as yet, SOAPnet is still not available on all cable systems in all markets.
Beginning today, Passions episodes will be featured in the NBC Rewind Full Episode player on NBC.com daily after 6:00 pm PT. The episodes will remain accessible for viewing for the entire week and will be replaced as each subsequent week begins.
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