TV downloads may undercut ABC stations

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. Sonofhaig macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2003
    Greenvale, NY
    This is the future. Adapt or go under..... simple.
  3. SiliconAddict macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Meh.....Doubt it. Its a tossup for with the ads and get the show for free in HD format or pay 1.99 and get it off of iTunes that is only in standard def. The killer deal with what Apple is selling is for those people like me who are chronic show missers. Example. I missed West Wing last night. I'm going to BT it tonight. I'd rather have a nice phat pipe and get it from Apple for $1.99 in 10 minutes then the 30 it will take off of BT. Then there was Threshold I missed the other night...That took 20 minutes to download. Of course not a big deal for people with TIVOs. *shrugs* Again a toss up right now.

    Maybe in a couple years after Apple launches the REAL movie store but for now? Nope. Nothing to worry about.
  4. ipacmm macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2003
    Cincinnati, OH
    I really don't see this going to happen because it is $2.00 to download it...if it was free, I could see this happening, but maybe.
  5. Santaduck macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2003
    No way are the legions of rabid LOST fans going to wait until after the broadcast just so they can download it for a small screen.
  6. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    It's great to have a way to grab an episode you missed and "stay caught up."

    But this is HARDLY going to replace watching TV!

    Nor is it intended to.

    Analysts are truly saying this will give TV itself a "a smaller audience"? Seriously saying that? :confused:

    PS, here's the same affiliate guy saying he's NOT worried :D
  7. mainstreetmark macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    Sounds like "I'm all for progress, as long as nothing changes".

    One might imagine that some bored dude will download Ep #1 of Lost, having never seen it, and become a fan, and start watching them on TV as they come out. Bam, a NEW viewer. It could happen.
  8. freiheit macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2004
    Indeed it could happen

    It could definitely happen. That's how I got onto Threshold. I'm a huge fan of Brent Spiner but honestly I missed all mention of this show until after the 4th episode had aired. If I'd gone into ep 5 never having seen it, I'd have been really bored and would never have watched it again (nothing bad about ep 5, just saying I would not have understood anything that was going on). I grabbed the first 4 eps on the net and now I'm a loyal watcher of the show on CBS.

    Reception in my area is so bad, I'd even be willing to pay $1.99 per episode, commercial free, for a small size but good quality version of the show. But until Apple expands their stock of TV shows, I'll continue to watch the show on TV with commercials. I'll just do what all TV viewers do during commercials -- go the bathroom, get a drink, make a snack, gouge my eyes out with rusty nails to avoid having to watch inane commercialization... oh well maybe not.
  9. macnulty macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2003
    Rehoboth Beach, De
    In the near term this will not impact TV viewership, quality and convience are not even close to traditional TV.

    In the long term, change is unavoidable. Either you change or your world will change around you.

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