Fox sets new window for TV shows online

Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:49pm EDT

(Reuters) - Fox Networks said it would provide cable and satellite subscribers an exclusive 8-day window to watch new episodes of Fox shows like "Glee" online following their initial air-dates.

The NewsCorp unit said beginning August 15 new episodes of Fox shows will no longer be available to watch for free on Fox.com or video site Hulu until eight days after they debut.

To watch these episodes before that, viewers will need to prove they subscribe to a participating TV service, or watch through Hulu's paid service. Programs will be available to paying viewers a day after the initial-airing date.

The move comes at a time when major TV networks consider reining in free offerings online that could undermine their advertising and subscription businesses.

Fox said Dish Network will be the first operator to offer this service. Fox said it was in discussions with other pay-TV distributors.

Fox did not reveal the terms of subscription for the service.

(Reporting by Arup Roychoudhury in Bangalore, editing by Bernard Orr)

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