Do you plan to download TV SHows?

Will you download TV shows?

  • Yes

    Votes: 23 35.9%
  • No

    Votes: 28 43.8%
  • Not possible for me (not available in my country)

    Votes: 13 20.3%

  • Total voters
    64

iDM

macrumors 6502a
I just bought an iPod about 30 minutes ago and i have been thinking about it. I plan on buying maybe 1 music video right when i get it to check out how it functions but beside that I may buy a TV show or 2 if they are ones i like(obviously) and i have like a long flight somewhere or something that would be pretty sick i think, i just got a smile on my face thinking about doing that!!!
 

pdpfilms

macrumors 68020
Jun 29, 2004
2,385
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Vermontana
Mitthrawnuruodo said:
In 320 x 240? Why?
I've already downloaded three Lost episodes, and must say they look GREAT. I would definetly not guess they were only 320x240. They look comparable to DV files that are 640x480. And at $2 per episode... It's a great price.
 

MarkCollette

macrumors 68000
Mar 6, 2003
1,555
32
Toronto, Canada
I've never bought any music from iTunes, but I'm considering getting some TV episodes. Can you guys answer some questions for me about the Fairplay DRM?

If I buy some Fairplay DRM'd media (music or video), and upgrade computers to something new, can I just move the media files over? Do I have to copy an encryption key file too? Do a have to do something online? If I upgrade my computer once every 3 years, for 30 years, will the stuff I get now still work then? Thanks.
 

jared_kipe

macrumors 68030
Dec 8, 2003
2,967
1
Seattle
pdpfilms said:
I've already downloaded three Lost episodes, and must say they look GREAT. I would definetly not guess they were only 320x240. They look comparable to DV files that are 640x480. And at $2 per episode... It's a great price.
Why is that a great price? 2usd an episode makes seasons over 50usd!!! And they would be free over the air?!? I'd rather them have included a tv tuner, so you could PVR them to the ipod.
 

1nsanity

macrumors regular
Jun 27, 2005
102
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pdpfilms said:
I've already downloaded three Lost episodes, and must say they look GREAT. I would definetly not guess they were only 320x240. They look comparable to DV files that are 640x480. And at $2 per episode... It's a great price.
Well if there are 25 episodes and that = 50$ that is if you buy them one by one, but still a full season is probably the same price of DVD. Meaning you'll end up paying the same thing you would if you would buy in dvd format. And personnally I would rather buy on dvd format than download from the net each episodes for 2$

But that's me...
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

Moderator emeritus
Mar 10, 2004
13,595
142
Bergen, Norway
Actually season 1 is for sale for $34.99, but I still prefer DVDs and ordinary broadcasting in (at least) PAL resolution (768 x 576), anything less than that isn't even interesting for free... ;)
 

mkrishnan

Moderator emeritus
Jan 9, 2004
29,641
12
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
I haven't checked this out yet, but I'm really interested... of course, for a lot of shows, I can just set the Replay to record them and then download them to my computer if I want. But if Apple starts to build up a real library...I'd be very interested.
 

MarkCollette

macrumors 68000
Mar 6, 2003
1,555
32
Toronto, Canada
1nsanity said:
Well if there are 25 episodes and that = 50$ that is if you buy them one by one, but still a full season is probably the same price of DVD. Meaning you'll end up paying the same thing you would if you would buy in dvd format. And personnally I would rather buy on dvd format than download from the net each episodes for 2$

But that's me...
True, it's DVD prices for a lower resolution, but it's available throughout the season, instead of only months after the season. And it'll probably download faster than a torrent and be legal too.

And to everyone talking about how TV is cheaper: To me, TV is only useful if you have a TiVo, or a PVR setup on your computer. I have neither, nor do I have cable. So, to me, this only leaves three choices: DVDs, bittorrent, or now, iTunes.
 

macbaseball

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Feb 27, 2005
988
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Northern California
When I first heard you could download episodes I was a bit disappointed because I just bought an EyeTV 500. After watching the keynote, I no longer care, as the 320x240 resolution will look like crap full screen on my 20 inch display, which is how I like to watch my episodes. So to answer the original question, I will not download episodes, unless for some reason the EyeTV fails and there are no re-runs.
 

Josh

macrumors 68000
Mar 4, 2004
1,640
1
State College, PA
I'm still indifferent about the price.

Per episode, it really doesn't seem too bad.

But when you think about an entire season, and that you can buy a season on DVD for like $19...the price on iTunes seems a little high.

An entire season of shows on iTunes would easily reach or exceed $50, which is unreasonable in comparison.

If iTunes offered a download of the entire season at the end of the season for the same deal as a DVD, that would be good...but then that would hurt current sales since the deal would be MUCH better if you waited until the season was done.
 

osustudent

macrumors member
Jun 6, 2005
82
0
Ohio
jared_kipe said:
Why is that a great price? 2usd an episode makes seasons over 50usd!!! And they would be free over the air?!? I'd rather them have included a tv tuner, so you could PVR them to the ipod.
You're not looking at the big picture. For those of us who don't own expensive recording equipment or are busy and miss the airing of an episode, being able to buy it, w/o commericals the day after is brilliant. I just hope the catalog expenses quickly over the next few weeks and months!
 

CyberDoberman

macrumors member
Oct 5, 2005
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0
uh... no...

Why would I pay $1.99 an episode when I can BUY the DVD, rip my OWN DVD to the same scale, and come out ahead?

I buy TONS of music from the music store. WHY? I can buy a CD for $9 bucks as opposed to $17 from the big CHAINS.

Why would I pay $50 for a $35 DVD?

And yes... you will be able to house and play ripped DVD content.

I've already stored several DVDs in iTunes and it shows up as Video.

Process is this:

Rip with MacRipper (or DVDSHRINK on Windows)...

Then convert to .mp4 with something like OpenShiiva...

Then add to library.

Viola! Instant DVD's in Library! :)
 

MarkCollette

macrumors 68000
Mar 6, 2003
1,555
32
Toronto, Canada
CyberDoberman said:
Why would I pay $1.99 an episode when I can BUY the DVD, rip my OWN DVD to the same scale, and come out ahead?

I buy TONS of music from the music store. WHY? I can buy a CD for $9 bucks as opposed to $17 from the big CHAINS.

Why would I pay $50 for a $35 DVD?

And yes... you will be able to house and play ripped DVD content.

I've already stored several DVDs in iTunes and it shows up as Video.

Process is this:

Rip with MacRipper (or DVDSHRINK on Windows)...

Then convert to .mp4 with something like OpenShiiva...

Then add to library.

Viola! Instant DVD's in Library! :)

What CPU do you have, and how long does it take for the ripping and encoding all together?
 

mduser63

macrumors 68040
Nov 9, 2004
3,038
30
Salt Lake City, UT
If they add more shows I might buy some. I'll probably buy the first episode of Lost just to check out the quality and the show (I've never seen it before). I won't be buying whole seasons this way, but for an episode or two that you miss or that comes recommended by a friend, it seems like a really good idea. Apple would definitely get my money if they added movies at full-quality for $4 or $5 for permanent ownership, and $2 or so for a time-limited viewing (like a rental). I'd even buy a new iMac G5 to put in my room to watch movies on.
 

dubbz

macrumors 68020
Sep 3, 2003
2,284
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Alta, Norway
I don't see any reason whatsoever to use it. If they at least had used a higher resolution, I might have been able to live with the DRM, but the way it's now?

No chance.

It seems suited for the iPod and not much else.


*sigh*... It could have been great :(
 

bluebomberman

macrumors 6502a
Jan 9, 2005
919
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Queens, NYC
I can't preview the TV shows. (I double-click, and nothing happens.) Can anybody help? I'd like to see how Lost looks on my iMac (see sig).

EDIT: FYI, music videos work (they play in the upper left of the store window), but not TV episodes.
 

macbaseball

macrumors 6502a
Feb 27, 2005
988
0
Northern California
bluebomberman said:
I can't preview the TV shows. (I double-click, and nothing happens.) Can anybody help? I'd like to see how Lost looks on my iMac (see sig).

EDIT: FYI, music videos work (they play in the upper left of the store window), but not TV episodes.
Ditto. I thought something was wrong. We will probably see a patch tomorrow, assuming we're not doing something wrong.