It was announced over the past week that TV Guide Network (now owned by CBS itself) has acquired the rights to air the late night program Big Brother After Dark, freeing Showtime’s menagerie of networks to go back to airing late night soft-core porn, I suppose.
At first, I thought the move was tremendous for CBS, despite the show being reduced from three hours a night to two. While TVGN doesn’t air on my basic cable outlet here in Pinellas County, that can’t be said for most cable systems across the country. It seemed to many Big Brother fans in the Twitterverse as a move backwards, however. They pointed out that TVGN’s content does not air in high definition as the bullet point to show that this was a regressive move, not a progressive one.
Now that it’s been revealed that CBS has bought TVGN, I would simply say not so fast. There’s more of this story that remains to be played out, including how the season will be shown online, as CBS.com takes over from Real Networks providing their video content. Stay tuned.