“Big Brother 2” on the Internet

CBS’ reality redux Big Brother 2, which will premiere 8 p.m. Thursday, will now be featured through streaming video on the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Reuters cite industry insiders as saying the Real Networks is the object of almost-finished negotiations with CBS. Additionally, the webcast will require a subscription payment by viewers–a first for a major broadcast network. Real Networks already broadcasts international versions of the show and thus is seen as a natural to partner with CBS, despite CBS’ partnership with AOL to webcast last summer’s original American version.