Survivor clips “too expensive” for Real; now part of Yahoo’s pay service.

Survivor clips “too expensive” for Real; now part of Yahoo’s pay service.
Last week Yahoo unveiled its new $9.95 a month Yahoo Platinum service, and it features video from Survivor Amazon. CBS’ Survivor web site still includes clips of the show; Yahoo says the footage offered as part of its package is “exclusive video footage to see action never shown on TV.” Previously, Real offered video clips from Survivor via its RealOne subscription service, but it was “too expensive,” the New York Times reports. RealOne also included access to the live Big Brother feeds; CBS has yet to decide who will broadcast the live feeds from Big Brother 4. The service also includes “exclusive” footage from American Idol 2.
+ also: Survivor airs tonight, Wed., again this week.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.