CBS will be producing user-generated-like TV promos to try to lure viewers. Not only that, but it wants to produce short-form clips of TV shows.
Haven't we been here before?
It wasn't that long ago -- before networks were streaming full free episodes -- that they were offering clips of their shows.
For some, it's kind of like watching ESPN's "SportsCenter" highlights rather than watching a whole late season Yankees-Red Sox game. Just give them the juicy bits and they're done.
CBS says it continues to learn lessons from those crazy users that generate content -- like one guy who put together a clip of one-liners of David Caruso from "CSI: Miami." It was so funny that CBS showed the clip during its upfront presentation last May.
The network's digital strategy may just seem like a conservative play all the way around. CBS points to research that says what users want right now -- not two or three or five years from now.
CBS is conservative -- perhaps rightfully so -- syndicating its content to scores of qualified Internet video destinations rather than getting involved in the risky NBC-News Corp proposition of Hulu.com, a stand-alone Internet destination intended to be a sort of modern-day big cable system, housing all sort of programming.
For CBS, it's back to a cautious future of the Internet.