ABC is making Desperate Housewives and Lost the first network entertainment shows available for download on a subscription basis via Apple's iTunes.
In addition, Scrubs, the NBC laffer produced by Alphabet sibling Touchstone Television, is expected to make its iTunes debut today, accrding to Variety.
As for Lost and DH, consumers can now buy the entire current season of both Touchstone TV-produced shows on iTunes for $34.99 -- about $14 less than what a full season would cost if episodes were bought individually. Skeins are being sold as part of Apple's "Season Pass" program.
After buying a season pass, consumers can immediately download all previously broadcast episodes from the current season. Remaining segs are placed in customers' download queue the day after they air on ABC.
The advantage of the program is that it allows nets to quickly monetize a full season of a show rather than rely on consumers to remember to download each week's episodes.
ABC has been selling the first seasons of DH and Lost on iTunes since the fall. According to ABC TV Group digital topper Albert Cheng, consumers had been bombarding Apple with requests for the "Season Pass" program.