Every year, it seems that the amount of broadcast television events gets smaller and smaller, even as television companies get larger and larger via purchases, mergers, spin-offs, and whatnot. These days, everyone is cutting cords and turning to online services for their entertainment. HBO is launching one, CBS has launched one, and now it looks like the Peacock network will be the next to take the plunge. NBC is looking to launch a subscription online comedy channel sometime this year.
The streaming service is the brainchild of Evan Shapiro, NBCU’s VP of digital enterprises and the former president of IFC and the Sundance Channel. The service is believed to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.50-$3.50 a month and looks to make great use of NBC’s library of comedy, from The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live to potential original programming featuring some of NBCU’s comedy stars. Not that there are many of those these days with The Office and 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation by the wayside.
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