Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Apple TV and Home Theater

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Mar 23, 2007, 11:08 PM   #1
Applenewb
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Itunes prices for TV Shows seems high...

Hi all, my first post here I'll be making the switch very very soon so as a 20+ year MS user I'm very excited. On to my point:

It seems to me that the current pricing for TV shows is just way too high. Songs may be half the price, but I think for most people you get way more replay value out of a song purchase than a TV show. Am I wrong to think this?

Anyway, I calculated even modest usage of Apple TV as a substitute for cable, something I am 100% willing to do, and the pricing just makes it impossible.

For example, I watch:
House
American Idol (so sue me)
Lost
Battlestar Galactica
Dresden Files
A&E and History Channel Documentaries

Assuming I watch only 7 shows a week, I would be paying 60.00/month to use AppleTV as a standalone. That almost exactly matches my current cable bill.

Granted it would be nice to have TV Shows on demand, and see entire seasons at once, I do not see the benefit or excitement of "owning" episode 21 of House.... do I really want to watch it again?

Regardless, I know AppleTV is meant as a supplement for the movies/shows on demand etc, however I see a very obvious niche Apple could fill if they wanted.

Namely, allow people to purchase shows/series for a *discount*, say even .99/show and let that show persist for x#/days. Then give users the option to pay an extra 1.00 to own it forever. I feel the added volume would more than make up for the reduction in revenue per show.

In that scenario I could watch 7 hours of TV a week and my monthly bill would work out to half my cable bill, which is enticing.

Now sure, most people will use it as a supplement for movies, higher quality broadcasts, and shows they missed or wish to see a whole season of....however with a DVR I don't miss shows and I'm speaking mostly to TV here anyhow.

So, since I'm new maybe this has been discussed (search yielded nothing), but I'd appreciate feedback. Thanks!
Applenewb is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Mar 23, 2007, 11:18 PM   #2
/dev/toaster
macrumors 68000
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Francisco, CA
I have purchased a LOT from iTunes and I get very good replay value out of everything I own. Some of these shows I only get from iTunes. Like, South Park, Drawn Together and Prison break.

I have even gone back and watched everything a few times.

The shows on iTunes are not a replacement for a DVR (DVR is for people who want to watch a show once) iTunes is good for people who want to download it now (legally) and keep it to watch over and over again. Once in a while I will be able to catch South Park on Comedy Central but its rare.
/dev/toaster is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Mar 23, 2007, 11:43 PM   #3
zap2
macrumors 604
 
zap2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Washington D.C
I'll rewatch a good TV show...House I can watch alot, but that not currently on iTunes.

I've bought 24 the last few weeks, because i didn't have the time to watch on the monday it aired. 2 bucks for TV shows is fine IMO, movies are harder for me to buy. 10 or 15 bucks, so it needs to be a good movie to buy.
__________________
"We can't all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by." Will Rogers
zap2 is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Apple TV and Home Theater

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Apple TV 2 TV Show Sorting TheCheapGeek Apple TV and Home Theater 40 Nov 21, 2012 02:47 AM
Browsing iTunes Store for TV Shows in AppleTV mattfromcanada Apple TV and Home Theater 1 Jan 9, 2011 09:33 PM
Looking for an application to gather info and artwork for tv shows/movies in itunes marcel-v Mac Applications and Mac App Store 2 Aug 15, 2010 09:40 PM
Itunes - 'description' field for tv shows and movies Cordeiro Mac Applications and Mac App Store 5 Sep 7, 2008 10:02 AM
Thoughts on itunes new Resolution for Tv Shows macfan881 Mac Applications and Mac App Store 4 Sep 21, 2006 05:57 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:59 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC