Boycott NBC !!!

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by netdog, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Write to NBC right here and tell them you are going to boycott their programs until they return to iTMS at the same price as everybody else. Surely MR readers can generate enough email to scare the **** out of NBC, and when they fall back in line, other media conglomerates will be afraid to make such demands -- a result that serves us as consumers.

    $4.99 is ridiculous. Let them know what you think.
  2. lord patton macrumors 65816

    lord patton

    Jun 6, 2005
    I like the idea of putting pressure on them, but how 'bout this:

    Start a web campaign to make their various season premiers (the Office, Battlestar, etc) the most torrented shows ever. Set up some some banners, ribbons, signatures, whatever, and prime the pump for some piracy.

    Just need a slogan and a graphic.
  3. netdog thread starter macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    I guess we could just say, "I was going to subscribe to seasons of Heroes and The Office at iTMS, but now I will just pirate them instead!"

    That might shake them up a bit.
  4. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    one shouldn't have to resort to illegalities to show a point.
  5. Mac-Addict macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2006
    Hm... well.. its not hard for me to do it xD I don't even get the channel "NBC" I get "ABC1" but I don't think thats the same thing. (I live in the UK :D)
  6. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    But what better way to prove that you're willing to pay for media content than advocating and promoting piracy?:rolleyes:
  7. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Dude, it was a business decision, not an attack on Apple. NBC can charge whatever they want for their shows and if Apple doesn't agree then I don't see anything wrong with it.

    I think calling for a boycott on NBC sounds like some lame Apple Fanboy plan. I mean, is it really that big of a deal?
  8. netdog thread starter macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    I buy all my television via iTMS or DVD and watch things like the news in free and legal online feeds. I just think that we should play upon the fears of the suits who made this crap decision to demand so much from iTMS.

    Maybe we should just start emailing them torrent links. Nothing illegal in doing that. Tell them what we think at the site in the OP and use a torrent address as a signature at the bottom of the message.
  9. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    If it is not too much trouble, would you be a dear and grow up?
  10. netdog thread starter macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    I don't consider letting NBC know how we feel about their pricing policies to be immature. Quite normal behaviour. Sorry it pushes your buttons. Don't read the thread if you aren't interested, eh?
  11. echeck macrumors 68000


    Apr 20, 2004
    Boise, Idaho
    If it is not too much trouble, would you be a dear and not be a jerk?

    If you think it's a dumb idea or a waste of time then fine, but how about you not waste our time by making snide comments, eh?

    I've been boycotting NBC ever since I quit my job working for an NBC affiliate a year ago. ;)

    I'm more than happy to continue my active boycott of NBC for you!
  12. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    I've been boycotting NBC for years.

    Not intentionally, of course, but simply because there's nothing worth watching. :D
  13. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
  14. Luis macrumors 65816


    Jul 19, 2006
    Costa Rica
    Me too. Been wanting to see The Office for some time, guess now is the perfect time to start downloading it.
  15. Wyvernspirit macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2002
    For the life of me, can't think of any NBC programs I watch now. hmmm...

    Oh well, guess I won't really think about them at all.
  16. jonnylink macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2007
    Well I certainly won't be using unbox.....
    (I know I know)

    I wrote an email to them when this all came out and let them know how I felt. I think that is the best thing to do. It is a business decision not an attack on Mac users, but that doesn't we have to like it. And a boycott is one way to show you don't approve, after all the concept of the free market is that you vote with you money. If NBC sees that their business decreases they have to reconsider. Doesn't mean they'll come back but it does mean they'll *probably* think about it.

    Boycotting is a form of politics, nothing immature about it. Writing to them to let them know that they have to sell on iTunes or you will steal is not boycotting though, that is just stealing. Plenty of folks will do that (which is why it is a bad business decision), but threatening them isn't the way to accomplish anything meaningful.
  17. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    Yeah, I wrote them an email as well when this news was first made public explaining to them that, because I can't set my schedule around the TV I just download all of my shows that I watch from iTunes to put on my iPod for later viewing. I simply told them that their decision to remove themselves from iTunes meant that I would no longer be able to watch any NBC programs. It was simple and to the point without being childish or threatening illegal activity.
  18. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

    Roy Hobbs

    Apr 29, 2005
    Just turn on the damn TV, NBC is free why pay for it at all???
  19. shu82 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2007
    Rocket City, AL
    An eyetv hybrid and a $15 dollar antenna from Radio Shack has done wonders for NBC shows!
  20. TSH332 macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2007
    Well yeah, it kinda is a big deal

    Yeah it kinda is. Some of us layed out some cash (like $400 for an Apple TV) mainly for enjoying this program. Some of us (living overseas) don't have the option of watching this program on television/cable.

    Secondly, an attempt at strong arming a 150% price hike is an absurd display or out of control corporate greed and is well deserving of a consumer backlash and a little financial punishment.

    I purchased Season I on iTunes and would have purchased Season II before NBC's blunder. Now I'll watch it in pirated segments on iTunes or via a Torrents download (which takes about 30 seconds to find) until NBC learns a good lesson. As soon as they come back to reality and have learned not to alienate their fan base with ridiculous pricing, I'll be happy to go back to being a paying customer (that I will remain with all the other networks).

    Sorry, but they deserve to suffer a bit for this one...
  21. Drile macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2005
    This is the way to do it, not by threatening piracy.

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