Just in time for its fall launches, NBC has secured so-called stacking rights to almost all of its fall line-up, including The Voice, Superstore and Saturday Night Live, reports Variety.
Owning the stacking rights means that NBC can offer viewers the five most recent episodes for free on demand on its website and mobile apps, as well as full seasons to subscribers of participating pay-TV providers and specifically its parent company, Comcast.
NBC also will offer the entire season of its rookie comedy The Good Place, starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson and created by Mike Schur. Episodes will become available online as they air on NBC, with the whole season eventually online. The sitcom is the only new show for which NBC full rights because it’s produced by Universal Television, a sister company to NBC.
Pay-TV subscribers will be able to watch the 25 most recent episodes of late-night’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and daytime’s Days of Our Lives, both of which air five days a week. NBC also has full stacking rights — which means five episodes for free and entire seasons for authenticated pay-TV subscribers — include returning drams Blindspot, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago P.D., as well as new dramas This Is Is and Timeless.
NBC has acquired stacking rights to about 90 percent of its shows, according to Variety, compared to last season when it owned about 60 percent of the rights.
NBC also released an version 4.0 of its redesigned app for Apple iOS devices. The app now includes support for Google’s Chromecast, which allows viewers to cast video, via the NBC app, to the TV-connected dongle. Similarly, users of Apple’s AirPlay can stream video from the NBC app to an Apple TV box. Those who are watching on iPads can watch in a split-screen view so they can use two apps simultaneously, allowing them to watch a show and tweet about it simultaneously for example.
App users can share episodes across social networks and can rewind ten seconds at a time. The app also now works in both portrait and landscape, which although common for most iOS apps, marks the first time that feature has been available via a broadcast TV app.
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