Last month, NBC announced that it would start streaming full episodes of Late Night with Conan O’Brien at NBC.com in late August. Today marked the beginning of the network’s on-demand access to fans with early bedtimes. Previous night’s shows are available on the website the each day starting at Noon EST.
Aside from regular, 30-second, inauspicious ads against drunk driving from the US Department of Transportation, the experience is awesome. Shows are broken up by segment and by day, videos toggle to full-screen seamlessly, and though the quality isn’t up to ABC’s standards, it’s definitely good enough to keep you from surfing away.
I would also like the ability to embed the shows, but of course NBC doesn’t allow that. MTV got wise to the feature and added value of allowing their content to be distributed far and wide across the web, when will NBC learn? Maybe with Hulu?
Check out O’Brien’s interview with Bob Sagat from Monday to get a feel for the show’s online home, and to hear some fantastically inappropriate Full House anecdotes. There’s no way Dave Coulier, John Stamos, and Sagat should’ve had a show associated with wholesome family values.