Itunes prices for TV Shows seems high...

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Applenewb, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2007
    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:
    American Idol (so sue me)
    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!
  2. macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    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.
  3. macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    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.

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