CBS, ABC plan to stream online video episodes free on iPad

Just days after CBS was spotted testing online video for possible delivery to Apple's iPad, which is set to launch Saturday, the network has announced it'll have full episodes of "Survivor" available for viewing on the tablet on launch day as well as other promo clips for shows not yet converted for use on the Adobe-Flashless iPad. The network said it plans to be able to eventually stream all of its shows to the iPad-with the same load of commercials as it has online.

"We're working very hard to make as much of it available as possible," Neil Ashe, president of CBS Interactive, told the Wall Street Journal. "Over time, it'll be the same as online."

CBS will stream the shows using the iPad web browser.

ABC, meanwhile, said it, too plans to stream its programs to the iPad, but said it will do so using a specially designed iPad app, in an ad-supported format, also looking to its website content, including shows like "Lost," and "Desperate Housewives."

Content from both networks would be free.

For more:
- see this Wall Street Journal story

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