ABC to offer TV shows online for free

ABC has announced that it will experiment with offering TV shows on its website from May until July. The endeavor will make episodes of Lost, Desperate Housewives, Alias, and Commander in Chief available online the day after they're aired. Those shows will be free, too, although they will include commercials that viewers will apparently be unable to skip. Apple's iTunes currently offers shows like Lost without ads for $1.99 a pop, so this experimental foray into free, ad-supported downloads could be interesting—especially considering ABC is owned by Disney, whose board of directors includes Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
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