CinemaNow is set to complete a deal with most of the major television networks (only Paramont/Viacom is a hold out) to provide per-episode downloads of television shows—maybe even before they hit DVD. Up to this point, CinemaNow hasn't had much success (by my estimation), namely because it takes so long to download a high-quality, two-hour movie. People are probably more willing to accept a lower-quality video file for television, though, especially for something like a 30 minute sit-com. The real question will be price, of course. $1 to $3 sounds about right for an episode (especially if we don't ever have to buy that copy again to download it to different devices), but as is typical with legal download services, it'll probably be more expensive than buying the real-world media option (in this case, DVD Season Packs).
CinemaNow Unveils a New Chapter in Television Viewing [eHomeUpgrade]