ITV want to charge for online Corrie episodes
- Bang Showbiz
- 29 July 2011
ITV is planning to charge fans to watch new 'Coronation Street' spin-off episodes on the internet
ITV is planning to charge fans to watch new 'Coronation Street' episodes on the internet.
The broadcaster will charge viewers for watching certain programmes through its ITV Player service, starting with archive episodes of the soap and special spin-off storylines.
A series of web episodes of 'Coronation Street' following character Rosie Webster's journey to London have already been made for ITV's online service, although it is not know if these will be available free of charge or not.
ITV have, however, said normal, concurrent episodes of the soap will remain free to view online.
Other shows in the frame to become pay-per-view include ITV2's most popular show 'The Only Way Is Essex', as well as archive programmes such as 'Cold Feet', 'Inspector Morse' and 'Cracker'.
In 2010, 'Coronation Street' fans had the chance to view both possible endings to Gail McIntyre's murder trial on itv.com before the real one was screened.
While ITV's profits have suffered through the recent recession, they recently announced half-year profits of £181 million compared to £97 million at this time in 2010.
ITV boss Adam Crozier said: "We're encouraged by our progress to date and the prospects for ITV in the medium to long term, although we remain cautious about both the TV advertising market and the economy."
Rival broadcaster Channel 4 offers its own On Demand service, which has a huge archive of their shows, for free.