Classic TV coming down the stream

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As the rash of giant sunglasses, vintage jackets, and shaggy hair indicates, retro is so hip it's almost uncool. But as long as it stays cool, people will try to make a buck off it--and that's a good thing for fans of classic television shows.

NBC today announced plans to stream full, ad-supported episodes of more than a dozen series from yesteryear on NBC-owned properties beginning this month. Among the series set to be shown online are The A-Team, the original Battlestar Galactica, Miami Vice, Kojak, and Simon & Simon. Some shows that aren't too dusty, such as mid-'90s sci-fi show Tek Wars (Shatner!) and 2003's Tremors will get their time online too. NBC did not say how many episodes of each series would be made available.

The shows will find online homes on several NBC-owned Web properties, including NBC.com, SciFi.com, ChillerTV.com, and SleuthChannel.com, with the appropriate shows residing on the appropriate site. For example, horror shows will stream on the fright-themed ChillerTV.com.

NBC is already knee-deep in spearheading an online strategy with Hulu.com, an online destination for streaming episodes of NBC and Fox (a partner in the venture) shows such as Friday Night Lights, The Simpsons, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and The Office. Hulu is still currently in its beta phase and has yet to announce a public release date.

The following is a list of all the old series to be streamed via NBC's online properties:

NBC.com
The A-Team
Emergency
Night Gallery
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Miami Vice
Battlestar Galactica
(1978) Buck Rogers

SciFi.com
Battlestar Galactica
(1978) Buck Rogers
Tek War
Night Gallery

ChillerTV.com
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Swamp Thing
Tremors
Crow
Night Gallery

SleuthChannel.com
Kojak
Miami Vice
Simon & Simon
The A-Team
Night Gallery