Fox is planning to stream the premiere of J.J. Abrams’ new thriller Fringe, along with the season premiere of action series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, online at the same time they screen on TV, according to a report by Variety. This is said to be the first time a major network has decided to do a day-and-date TV/Net premiere for a major network show. The catch is that only computer users on college campuses will be able to log in to watch the simul-stream.
Fox is hoping to expose the college crowd to the shows, and they are more likely to have computers than TVs in their dorm rooms.
Computers that login to Fox.com from a college-based .edu domain, will be given full streaming access to Terminator on Monday, September 8th, the same night it returns to Fox, and the series premiere of Fringe, the next night, on Sept. 9, when it launches for TV viewers.
Fox VP Bill Bradford came up with the idea after gathering that .edu addresses were among the website’s top visitors.