Dear CBS & COMCAST, Where Is ‘Person of Interest’ On My VoD Service?

by on October 4, 2011

in Entertainment

Brusimm Cinema Static TV NewsDear CBS, when Person of Interest debuted, starring Michael Emerson and James Caviezel, I unfortunately missed it. But never fear I thought! COMCAST has boasted proudly about carrying every show on their VoD service called On Demand.

So I wasn’t worried. It will show up!

Alas, I was a bit disappointed because the next day Person of Interest did not show up on the VoD menu! Eh, not worries, right?

Some shows, like for example, FX’s Justified episodes ALWAYS showed up, but they did so seven days after an episode aired. Like clockwork.

So I waited. I’m insidiously patient.

But then after last weeks episode of Person of Interest, the show didn’t show up on COMCAST’s VoD. I just double checked tonight and under TV shows, in the alphabetical listing, on my COMCAST VoD, Person of Interest is still missing in action.

At this point, I’m pretty busy following various TV shows and even though I’ve been told this is a great show, and I was very much looking forward to it, I guess I’ll catch it some other time.

I’m just a lone voice and nary a difference will be made to the advertisers if I miss their ad supported TV show. I’ll either catch the TV show some other day, or miss it altogether.

In fact, I noticed on the Xfinity website, it says the following:

“Sorry, On Demand listings of ‘Person of Interest’ are currently unavailable.”

I also found one entry on the web that indicated the following:

“Our content team is constantly working to bring you a wider selection of TV Shows and movies. We add new content daily, but due to licensing agreements, we may not have every movie/show/episode available for viewing.”

So I once again have become slighted when I trusted in the system. I ask “when will I learn?” But I tend to continue to try and trust in people and the supposed system. Maybe some day, I may change that premise… but I am who I am.

It’s a bit frustrating, not having the show I wanted to watch but there it is. I’ll get over it on move on to some other TV show. I’ll probably catch it in reruns or head over to CBS online because they do have it online…. [].


{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce Simmons October 27, 2013 at 12:17 am

HEY ALL, Person of Interest is NOW on my Video on Demand menu. Check yours!

BruSimm March 20, 2013 at 8:32 am

Actually Tim, your thought did add something that hasn’t been mentioned previously (or I missed it) but that PERSON OF INTEREST isn’t even on iTunes.

It’s my solid belief they’re trying to push live ratings and DVD sales with this tactic. I haven’t even tried watching it since I can’t get to it, and then I try to catch the summer repeats. If possible.

Even though I’d like to say that (emotionally speaking) this tactic is hurting the show, the ratings say otherwise.

And it’s crazy because CBS is awesome with (most of) their content online… they don’t lock out FF on On Demand, they make things available after midnight that day on On Demand, etc, etc… too bad the distribution company for POI is the way it is, that’s for sure.

THANKS for chiming in adding that bit Tim!

Tim March 20, 2013 at 7:58 am

I figure I will add my thoughts to this thread in case it makes a difference. I have missed 3 pivotal episodes of POI from the middle of this season. For some reason my DVR erased all of my series recordings sometime during the winter hiatus and I didn’t realize it until I’d already missed recording several episodes. Once I realized the show wasn’t available on demand, I was willing to spend the money to download them via itunes and now I realize I can’t even do that. Why would you deny your viewers any opportunity to catch up on your show? It’s not as if POI is a series of stand alone episodes and if you miss one it’s not a big deal. It’s a storyline that is constantly evolving and if you miss pieces of it, it’s impossible to understand what’s going on. This same glitch in my DVR caused me to miss several episodes of Criminal Minds, but at least that show has the good sense to make episodes available online and on itunes. I truly believe you are jeopardizing an excellent show by alienating viewers this way.

Joel March 16, 2013 at 2:05 am

I missed an episode of POI and I now realize this problem. It’s available NOWHERE to be streamed legally. They think they can make a geeky show and not use content distribution methods relevant to the geeky viewers. It’s almost like they are trying to support piracy. I do not want to go buy a DVR when the internet can provide the same purpose.

Simon March 3, 2013 at 2:08 am

Terrible idea to not provide some sort of digital portal to access the old seasons. You will lose viewers each year based on basic biological attrition (death) if nothing else. I’m not going to buy a DVD box set in this day and age to simply catch up with a show. I’m not going to start watching the new seasons without catching up, which I can’t, because some group of genius dinosaurs thought it was a good idea to leave this show completely unsupported in a digital world. CBS, if you’re truly concerned about embracing your “hip and young” image then stop plastering LL Cool J up on the tv screen and start plastering him AND you’re flagship shows on Netflix, Hulu, OnDemand, XFinity, etc.. If you’re not showing your old content as well as the new you will not grab the young crowd who expect to have all of that content at their fingertips. and if it’s the contract and licensing negotiations getting in the way, maybe it’s time to drop those who refuse to believe the 21st century has already started the party without them.

Noreen S. Butler December 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Person of Interest seems to be the only show NOT being shown!! why, why, why????????
Please allow it to be shown some kind of way. I too can’t see POI at its regular time (CST 9:00). So I look forward to seeing it whenever I can.

Thank you very much!!!

Clare November 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Just another viewer looking for POI epsodes that I missed during the 2 weeks of power outage over Sandy. Why not on Demand?

alexandra November 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm

What is up with you CBS get Persons of Intrest back On Demand…… 🙁

Lockheede November 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm

This show is not produced by CBS, it’s produced by Warner Bros. There seems to be some type of conflict that Warner will not allow it to be available from CBS VoD.

Mr. E November 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm

This show spot on my DVR became a casualty of changing from Comcast to Fios (only a central DVR box instead of each box having it’s own DVR…yet only 2 shows will record at one time) after the season 2 premier. I, like many others who haven’t been recording/watching live, thought that it would simple enough to keep up with POI using OnDemand…silly me. The decision to not make this show available for viewing after the air date has cost POI a viewer that was on board for the entire 1st season. It’s a shame to have to abandon a good show, but if I can’t see it…

sweetpea November 10, 2012 at 9:35 am

I’m also wondering why POI isn’t “on demand”?!
Very few shows worth watching on networks due to so many “reality” shows so the least CBS could do is put POI on another night like Monday or Tuesday when there is literally no reason currently to turn the TV on.

couldbeafan July 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I’d love to support the show, but am quite irritated with these stupid draconian policies that leave the customers in the dirt. If you aren’t making it easy for customers to support you with their dollars, bit-torrent the episodes. Maybe they’ll get the message to change their outmoded business model.

Jersey Jane June 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

Suddenly we can’t watch Bluebloods on Comcast on-demand. We could up until June 8 2012 — when it was made available only in HD — which we do not subscribe to– seems crappy way to act.

Ray in Dallas May 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Yea I missed two episodes and after the first one I realized I couldn’t watch it on CBS or and it wasn’t for sale on iTunes like I had a season pass for Blue Bloods on iTunes. The only mention of POI on iTunes is the episode review podcast. I was HOPING after Thursday we’d see the whole season put up online but sadly NOPE. Now I’m hoping when the dumb DVD set comes out I can catch up because I’m six or 8 episodes out and I REFUSE to watch out of order because this show isn’t a stand alone it has mythology to it or canon. So prior events push on other episodes. If they don’t release season 1 till season 2 starts on iTunes then I guess I will DVR season 2 and not watch till I watch season 2. All in all though this is really crappy by CBS and clearly a money making test and I HOPE HOPE HOPE it fails or better reduces numbers of the show so much that it scares them to re release the show. I would bet CBS pushed the let’s not release the show ANYWHERE except the night of the show and then see what happens. So the numbers for the show sadly are artificially inflated and lets say this fails next season they go back to normal and POI ratings start to go down compared to last year. Will CBS consider canceling the show thinking POI wasn’t popular anymore using artificially inflated numbers? This is why I think CBS is pushing for this type of release because only tv executives would come up with an idea to make it hard for people to watch their product. Christ CBS this isn’t the 80s. We have other things to do or in my case kids changing my channel and canceling my DVR of POI.

John April 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Not only is POI not on Comcast VOD. It is not available on xfinity, Verizon fios, iTunes, amazon, and countless others. Very strange.

Bruce Simmons April 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Brian… as you noted, sometimes the distributor and production companies have other ideas of how a product gets released via different venues. And in this case, PERSON OF INTEREST seems to be an experiment, as far as I can tell. I’m wondering if they’re pushing the limits to see if this boosts DVD/Blu-ray sales?

Whatever they’re doing, you’re right… they’re probably losing fans who only tune in via VoD or streaming.

Thanks for coming by and chiming in!

brian w April 22, 2012 at 10:48 am

POI has since been taken off the CBS website. If you do not DVR it when it airs, or watch it directly, their is no “time shift” option available.

The secondary failure is they they are killing its following a year out. Many many watchers do not watch a program when it airs due to their own busy lives, but thanks to On Demand from comcast/direct tv/ etc its not been an issue in years.

Clearly the production company and publisher are at issue with modern society and its need to alter when someone watches a show.

Too bad for them.

Rick April 1, 2012 at 12:08 am

HUGE POI fan here. However, I work unusual hours, and rarely watch Person of Interest on TV. Since I don’t have Tevo, I watched it on the CBS website. Not any more. I can’t. WHY? The best show on TV, and I have missed it greatly. Writing is amazing, and the best part of the show. Acting is great for main actors, and the rest of the cast holds their own. Which can’t be said of most current shows.

I hate to admit it, but after missing so many of the shows, I am missing it less and less. I’m trying to find a new favorite, and CSI NY is the only other option. Without the POI anchor, I find myself drifting to another network for programing. That is something new for me.

Sorry CBS, but I’m getting a bad taste in my mouth for your network.

Jenny February 21, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Why is person of interest on demand?

When will it show up on demand?

How and why are series selected for on demand?

Debra Stewarat January 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I meant “Peoples Choice Award”. Sorry.

Debra Stewarat January 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Person of Interest won the Golden Globe award for New Series.

It would be nice to watch the past episodes “On Demand”.

Wake up CBS and Comcast.

Bruce Simmons December 19, 2011 at 7:41 pm

That’s how the fam here feels… we don’t jump into the middle of a season Jeanie. We missed the first few, so we’re not watching any of it until we can watch it from the get-go season & series premiere.

My guess is that it’s either a contractual issue with the production company (Kilter Films) of the show or CBS is testing a new marketing stunt to see if they can drive viewers to their website.

Either way, it’s a fail for me, and I’m guessing, those chiming in here on the site.

Hey, thanks for chiming in…

Jeanie December 19, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I as well thought CBS had a real winner here and was ready to add another show to my list…but if I am unable to feel confident that I can watch an episode that I miss, I don’t even want to get involved with the program at all. Really leaves a bad feeling about CBS when they won’t allow easy access for viewing one of their shows.

rick November 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Yep. Guess I will miss this show as well. Sorry CBS. If you want viewers to become interested in your shows you need to pay attention to your consumer demands and options these days! I also hear its a great show!

Judy November 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Well since I can’t watch Person of Interest On Demand due to not being able to watch it when it airs, I will have to forego this series and watach another one in its place, like Covert Affairs.

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