Originally Posted by AppleInsider
Apple has reportedly reached out to TV networks in recent weeks with a proposed $30-per-month subscription plan to deliver content via iTunes -- a service it hopes to launch in early 2010.
I subscribe to Bell ExpressVu and we have a digital PVR. Our monthly package of home phone + satellite TV + PVR rental + Internet Services comes out to 195 CDN per month. I would LOVE to replace it with:
- Movie rentals
- occasional DVD rips of stuff we own, trashed once we're happy or tired with the movie.
- family vids converted to MP4 - the kids get HOURS of fun watching school plays,
photos and educational podcasts i have ready.
- Movie purchases. I never thought I'd like using it, but the convenience is unparalleled.
I've purchased about 10 titles to dat and am happy with all of them. I am not a cinephile
so I have no 10 thousand dollar home theatre to put super HD content into.
- for what we can't get we OCCASIONALLY rent thru mail-order DVD. Monthly tally is 11.00
CDN for all-you-can eat with only one DVD out at a time.
- 3rd Party ADSL or DSL provider. Good service can be had for about 30 dollars CDN per month.
- kept for 911 service and phone connectivity. We're going to drop it to a basic service with no extras or VM (two iPhones in the house).
So the Tally in the end would come out about 1/3 to one half the amount we now pay, and we'll get more use out of our entertainment system to boot.
I get all my CBC content besides live radio through iTunes. I can't possibly catch up with the content I want to see or her, but at least I can search, organize, and prioritise the content I want to see, and what I can't consumer on the AppleTV I carry on the iPhone.
Apple has the strategy perfectly right. They will move onto the print and digital reader world to finish the portfolio and I'll ideally be able to stop receiving my Toronto Star and Globe and Mail subscriptions on physical paper and get them in digital formats. It will be pure profit for them to do so as I want to see the paper layout without paying the 130 dollars per year for the delivery.
Add iTunes subscriptions to that so I can get my individual programs and we're set! Lots of shows have gone off the air that I want to see, despite all the "specialty" channels. I see a new dawn coming, and it will be very interesting to watch.
Anyone else with similar experiences?