by pat howard

PASSIONS | Online streaming returns tomorrow…but it’ll cost you

In DirecTV, NBC, Passions, The 101 on September 30, 2007 at 10:07 am

You spoke up, disgruntled Passions fans, and DirecTV listened. Many fans of the nine-year-old soap can’t or won’t make the switch to DirecTV, the exclusive home of new episodes. Beginning tomorrow, you have another option: an online streaming subscription for $19.95/month.

Episodes will be streamed and archived at www.nbc.com/passions. Episodes will be posted daily after airing on The 101 and archived for eight weeks, ample time to keep up with the glacial pace of the action in Harmony.

It’s likely small comfort to many who can’t afford to shell out $20 a month for quasi-reliable online streaming for a soap they used to get on regular TV for free. Also, $20 is a little less than 1/3 of what I pay DirecTV for 200 or so channels a month, The 101 and new episodes of Passions included. But it’s better than nothing for those fans who can’t or won’t make the switch.

In other Passions news, the entertaining weekly live call-in show, Passions Live, which airs Thursday nights on The 101, has been extended for four more episodes. Host Eric Martsolf (Passions‘ Ethan) gets to keep his shirt on for at least 30 minutes a week, fielding calls and corralling his crazy castmates. This week, it was Sheridan and Gwen, McKenzie Westmore and Liza Huber (episodes are streamed online and archived at the NBC site).

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