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Oct 20, 2005, 12:33 PM
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Lacero
Oct 20, 2005, 12:35 PM
Yes. I can see how producers of less popular shows can reap addition revenue streams by making their content available for download to iPods. This is big. I can feel it in my nipples.

With television, the biggest shows eventually move on to syndication and DVD releases, but everything else is discarded. That sitcom or courtroom drama that you just loved, the one that lasted all of two seasons? It's been dead to you because as high as your digital cable box and satellite dish channel options go these days, it's still not at the point of critical mass that would make it worthwhile to broadcast the show to the mainstream audience.

whooleytoo
Oct 20, 2005, 02:45 PM
I think the networks just need to start "Thinking Different".

Instead of being able to download a copy of last night's show 'in case you missed it', how about being able to download the show during or even before it airs on TV? They'd sell a hell of a lot more shows through iTMS, and I doubt it would have any appreciable effect on TV viewing figures.

rikers_mailbox
Oct 20, 2005, 03:03 PM
I think the networks just need to start "Thinking Different".

Instead of being able to download a copy of last night's show 'in case you missed it', how about being able to download the show during or even before it airs on TV? They'd sell a hell of a lot more shows through iTMS, and I doubt it would have any appreciable effect on TV viewing figures.

... or how about offering additional scenes/content for iTunes downloads? (I'd pay 1.99 to see a few more scenes from Lost, maybe shed some light on the Polar Bears!)

Anyways, i think the point is that the possibilities are endless. What's significant is that Apple, by now offering paid DRM downloads, has blown the option space wide open.

whooleytoo
Oct 20, 2005, 03:09 PM
Sports highlights would be a clincher for me.

I attend a lot of rugby games, and so miss the TV coverage & replays. I'd happily pay 2.50 (or more!) for extended highlights of previous Munster games.

zelmo
Oct 20, 2005, 03:17 PM
I'd like to be able to purchase the occasional Letterman show, since I rarely stay up late enough to watch and those types of shows never come out on DVD. How about episodes of The Daily Show, too?

There is a lot of potential to market content that currently has NO secondary revenue stream. If only these network folks could stop whining over percentages and get it going already!

Dr. Dastardly
Oct 20, 2005, 06:33 PM
I would love to be able to download old shows that were awesome but never found their audiance or was time shifted so much by the network that it never had a chance.

"Freaks and Geeks" anyone? :p

zap2
Oct 20, 2005, 06:46 PM
man CSI!!!

but like Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, ect MAN!!


This one will be hard to do what Apple did with Music but TV show have a Place!!

Yvan256
Oct 23, 2005, 06:50 PM
As they say, less popular shows get removed because "the public has spoken and doesn't want that".

Well, give me back Century City, please!