NBC to Offer Free, Limited-Time Downloads of Its Shows

Soon NBC will be allow viewers to download many of their most popular programs free to personal computers and other devices for one week immediately after their broadcasts. NBC announced a few weeks ago that it was pulling it’s shows off of iTunes.
According to the New York Times:

The files, which would be downloaded overnight to home computers, would contain commercials that viewers would not be able to skip through. And the file would not be transferable to a disk or to another computer.
The files would degrade after the seven-day period and be unwatchable. “Kind of like ‘Mission: Impossible,’ only I don’t think there would be any explosion and smoke,” [Jeff Gaspin, the president of the NBC Universal Television Group] said.

Update 9/21: Looks like ABC is also offering downloads.