Friday, September 15, 2006

Where is the Heroes Pilot?

All I kept hearing about was how NBC was going to offer the Heroes pilot as a free download on iTunes on September 1st. I've been searching and searching since then and can't find it. Are they trying to vex me? Is finding the Heroes pilot a superpower I have not developed?

5 comments:

Corey Bond said...

A friend of mine in Houston went to see Idiocracy at an AMC theater, and they were giving out free activation cards that allowed you to download the Heroes pilot from iTunes. Apparently the Heroes pilot is only available as a promotion in the "Buy and Redeem" section of iTunes.

Michael Markowitz said...

Ohhhh! Thanks, Corey, for clearing that up. Silly me, I kept searching in "TV Shows"

This is just more proof that networks just don't get it. The show has no value, they eyeballs have the value. It's not a "privilege" to watch their pilot, to be redeemed and treasured. They should be letting anyone who wants to watch it do so anytime they want. Hell, they should give free six-packs of Pepsi to anyone willing to watch it before it premieres. That's called "marketing."

Plus, let's not even discuss the irritation of only letting people who go to movies see an NBC show, and punishing people who are home watching NBC. It's like those coupons buy.com have been sending me for years that are for new customers only.

Grrrr... Oh, well, another pilot I've lost interest in before it even airs.

artjennerator said...

You're totally right. ABC.com for instance has multiple episodes of their shows up for viewing. I have been able to catch up with my favs and check out some of their new series. If I miss a night I know I can watch it online the next day (heck for the next couple of weeks) if I want. NBC is really missing the boat.

Michael Markowitz said...

I'm with you. I love that you can catch up on a show you missed on abc.com or cbs.com... and in fairness, you can on nbc.com as well. But Heroes turned out to be a great show, and if they'd made the pilot available in advance, it would have gotten very positive buzz.

Also, I think it's important to offer choice. There are times when I don't want to watch a show online, and I'd rather buy the episode on iTunes and watch it on TV while I use my computer for other things. With Jericho, for example, you have a choice. With Shark, it's cbs.com or nothing. It's irritating.

Polia said...

I also thought Heroes was a "free" download.. but the other day I finally found it and it costs like $1.50 I was so bumbed!