Originally Posted by herbapou
From the latest news I saw, forget about a TV package with a monthly fee. The networks will TRY
99 cents for some shows. Dont expect to get all shows at 99 cents.
Yep... the fools just don't want to see the reality of the situation... their content just isn't as valuable as it was in decades gone by... Also, when I say 'valuable' I don't mean in the QUALITY (cough) of the programming but the number of EYEBALLS that are desiring to see it (live - AD revenue) and/or on DVD/BluRay/Digital Delivery (practically pure profits).
One if not two generations are growing up in a world where 'the boob-tube' does NOT dominate their free time... and 'free time' isn't as great either... kids in the last few decades have had far more things to fill up their time then I did when I was growing up... 'Play dates' and 'trips abroad' (older kids obviously) were simply not head of and I lived in a very affluent town growing up. We would 'tear it up @ Sea Side Heights or LBI - hoping to hell we survived the week without getting arrested or involved in a drunken brawl ending at the emergency room' (good times!
) after graduation now, the kids go to Paris or Italy and not just the 'super rich ones'.. TV is taking a back seat for the first time in the history of this country and the networks don't know WTF to do.
And if they think OVERCHARGING for the product is the way to go... they are sorely mistaken. People will simply move on to something else... There's lots of things that are calling out for our entertainment dollars and while buying old TV shows might be one way to go... there are LOADS of other ways to go and many are far more fulfilling.
Originally Posted by herbapou
Hulu is coming in with an Ipad app that will required a subscription fee. Amazon is also coming in with a Kindle bookstore app for the Ipad. It will be interesting to see if Apple is going to allow this in the app store... if not expect one hell of a anti-Apple media coveraged. Netflix could also easily develop an Ipad app if they want...
I am waiting to see Apple reaction on apps that are competing with Itune before I buy an Ipad.
As for the apps... I've been involved with really long and silly arguments over this so I'll do my best to lay out what is likely to happen without raising the ire of other individuals who would come to the defense of the App Store...
- Apple will allow ANY app provided it does the following:
1. Conform to the terms and conditions set out in the developer guidelines.
2. NOT utilize ANY undocumented functions no matter how well known they are or how harmless they seem.
3. NOT allow ANY form of in APP purchasing**
4. NOT violate any laws (copyright or otherwise) and/or be potentially offensive (porn).
** In APP purchasing.. this is a sticky issue.. a programmer that wishes to send purchase information (an order) to a web site via SSL is prohibited
from doing so no matter how secure the transaction is. However a programmer CAN provide in APP purchasing PROVIDED they use APPLE as the order/payment service AND don't mind paying APPLE a 30% fee from each transaction. So if a vendor is selling an item that they might make... 15% on the sale and APPLE demands 30% ... then as you can see the company that developed the program would actually be LOSING 15% on each and every sale (they would go broke).
Of course they COULD just RAISE the price of each item they sold via the APP by 30% but THEN who on earth would buy from them when the same product can be purchased by Apple for 30% less. As you can see its a no win scenario.