It seems that the TV companies have finally began to understand that the Internet is more than just a way to publish their TV program on the website. They understand that it will benefit their business if they publish TV premieres early on the Internet to create some buzz that could not be created otherwise.
Amazon and Yahoo are just two of the websites that offer premieres on their websites. As usual this content is only available to viewers of certain areas, probably only to viewers with an IP from the United States. All others rely as usual on P2P and Usenet to grab the episodes from there.
If you are from the United States you can go to Yahoo and view Aliens in America as well as Friday Night Lights until September 30th when they are replaced by Dexter, Life is Wild and Brotherhood.
Amazon is currently offering season premieres of Bones, Rules of Engagement, Til Death, House and Big Bang Theory. Amazon Unbox is only available to customers from the United States as well.
Update: While Yahoo and Amazon are still making available TV shows on their websites that you can watch - sometimes for a price - they do not seem to feature premiers anymore. The Yahoo website for instance offers a page of TV shows that the company is making full episodes available for. This includes shows such as Modern Family, Glee, Castle or Sons of Anarchy.
You can watch the TV show on the Yahoo website courtesy of Hulu, a TV show aggregator for users from the United States and a couple of other countries.
Amazon too appears to no longer make available TV show premiers on its site. While you can rent or buy TV shows on it to view as streams, it appears that premiers are no longer part of that deal.
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