Bright House Networks’ digital video customers now have free access to popular network shows, such as NBC’s “Heroes” and CBS’ “CSI” series, the day after the shows originally air.

Bright House Networks calls the new on-demand service Primetime On Demand, and the launch is currently underway. The service stores the shows for up to four weeks, which allows digital subscribers to view them at their leisure.

“Whether they just missed the beginning of a show or are a day late or a week late in catching up," said Kevin Hyman, executive vice president of cable operations for Bright House, “our customers enjoy being in control of their TV viewing experience through digital video recorders, on demand, Start Over, and even on the PC.”

Bright House Networks said the following networks and TV programs are currently available on Primetime On Demand, with more networks and shows to come:

  • NBC – “Chuck,” “ER,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Medium,” “Heroes,” “The Biggest Loser”
  • USA – “Burn Notice,” “Monk,” “Psych”
  • CBS – “Survivor,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: Miami,” “CSI: New York,” “NCIS”
  • FX – “Damages,” “Nip/Tuck” and various movies, with “Rescue Me” coming soon
  • SCI-FI (coming soon) – “Battlestar Galactica”

Bright House Networks, the nation’s sixth-largest cable operator, rolled out the biggest deployment of Start Over to date last year in its Tampa Bay system. Bright House plans to continue the expansion of Start Over this year in other markets, as well as to add this free feature to more channels, including high-definition (HD) channels, in existing markets.

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