In a couple of previous posts (Plex channels as cable substitutes & Fox News, CNN and msnbc channels on Roku & Plex), I discussed Plex channels as content sources for the cord-cutter (which I officially am, as of this month).
Plex channel content is derived from the video podcasts made available by the actual channels. This is true of the equivalent Roku channels as well. I noted that both the Fox News and CNN channels had mostly out-of-date content, whereas msnbc did have daily fresh content, “Morning Joe” and “The Rachel Maddow Show” in particular.
When I tuned in “Morning Joe” on Plex’ msnbc channel yesterday, there was a message that the podcast would be discontinued on 2/27.
Did a little searching and found this post on Benjamin Oakes’ blog: NBC quietly discontinuing video podcasts. Benjamin says, “NBC is dropping all their video podcasts, without explanation… All the audio podcasts remain. This move seems to be about video. That can be said for almost all major broadcasters, like ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, NBC, and PBS. Seemingly no one is offering video podcasts.”
He winds up, “I can’t tell if video podcasts just didn’t get the traction in the market that they needed or if audio podcasts are just preferable because broadcasters really want to protect their video.”
One of his commenters: “…now that NBC is owned by Comcast, that is probably part of the reason they are limiting the ways that you can watch it. Boo to them!” (See Acquisition of NBC Universal by Comcast at Wikipedia.)
Further commentary on this MediaBizTech post: No more NBC Nightly News podcasts. The bigger loser? NBC News.
The move may be to avoid making any DRM-free (Digital Rights Management) content available. The problem is that their apps and websites are often inconvenient ways to view. I say “Boo to them!”, too.
Ah, well, there is still “The Daily Show” on Plex, as well as CNN International live streaming 24/7 via Nowhere Man’s CNN channel on Roku.
(See my second post of the day, Our post-cord-cutting TV Menu, for a large list of our Roku channel options.)
3/11/2015 update: The first hour of Morning Joe (39 minutes commercial-free) is available as an audio podcast. I use the iTunes channel on Roku to listen.