The Onion News Network, the rudest “cable news” channel around, is breaking new ground with a paid download, and it’s using the iTunes Store to try it out.
These videos, and others, are available for free in an ad-supported iTunes video podcast, via an iPhone app, and and in online streaming archives. The new venture is a 12-minute news report from the year 2137, and is only available as paid iTunes download for $1 in SD or $2 in HD. Presumably, if this experiment works out, you can expect to see more of the same.
The Onion included a preview clip of the paid video on the standard podcast feed on June 28.