There’s PBS programming on the Google Video Store, as Rafat Ali notes. Of all the programming, Charlie Rose‘s is the only show that will not be copy-protected. The show will be free for 24 hours after the show airs after which it will cost a dollar a show. [Somehow, Charlie Rose escaped the PBS.org reservation and has its own site. PBS has left a strange message where the show once lived “The “Charlie Rose” site has been retired from pbs.org.” Will other shows follow?]
I have mixed feelings about this: it’s great that some PBS content is included, especially Charlie Rose, which I enjoy when I come across it, and even better that the show will be available without DRM restrictions. It will be free for 24 hours after the show airs, then a dollar a show. Shouldn’t this be the case for all public, non-profit media– since we pay for it? And can we extend that free period past 24 hours?