Update: the last time I looked at NBC, I found that their "NBC Direct" viewer was difficult to install, and I never got it to work in on my PC. Let's try it again and see what happens.
Well, I can wrap this up quickly. After looking at NBC's end user license agreement, I can definitely say that NBC Direct is not worth installing.
From the EULA:
"The Service contains a library, storefront, and downloading manager to assist you in downloading Content for storage and/or viewing on your computer . . . YOU SPECIFICALLY AGREE THAT THE SOFTWARE MAY DELETE FILES AND CONTENT FROM YOUR HARD DRIVE(S) AND OTHER COMPUTER MEDIA."
"The service uses peer to peer ("P2P") software to deliver Content files to your computer more quickly. P2P software works by using the processor and bandwidth function of computers in a network to deliver Content more quickly and efficiently . . . In order to use the Service, you hereby grant permission for the Software to utilize the processor and bandwidth of your computer for the limited purposes of (i) facilitating the transfer of digital files and communication between the users of the Software and the Services and (ii) pasting links to content in instant messages and RSS feeds."
And if that's not bad enough:
"Digital Rights Management: The service contains and enables digital right management technology that may be included with Content files provided to you via the Service, including technology owned by third parties such as Microsoft for Windows Media."
That's the worst EULA I've read since Google mangled the original Chrome browser EULA, which was quickly amended.
So NBC would like to put a storefront application on my PC to handle downloads that are encumbered with DRM and which sets up a P2P file sharing network that tells others what files reside on my PC by RSS feeds and instant messaging.
That's mighty precious of them, and I wonder how many folks are using this service without even knowing that their PC is talking with other PCs out the back door and that the NBC download/upload manager is sucking up the bandwidth that they pay for even when they are not using the application.
I suggest that you avoid NBC Direct like the plague.