Originally Posted by kenaustus
Hate to say it, but who really cares about NBC.
If they can't understand the limitations of a lot of consumers to add another $100 a month for television shows then there are other channels.
As long as NBC can keep their commercials in the shows to be rented why do they need 99¢ every time we want to watch something via AppleTV?
1. They won't be keeping their commercials. The files are the same ones used for purchases just with a slightly different flavor of DRM.
2. They make more money with OTA and are worried that one of the precious few will rent instead of watch and hurt them big time.
See typically you are looking at a minimum of 10k per 30 seconds of ad time on a show. And that's for a really crappy show that they figure won't go that night in the ratings. Something like American Idol that has really great numbers it's more like 100k per spot. Now that money is based on the show scoring a particular amount in the ratings, particularly in the sacred 18-35 demo. Which is the same group that buys tech like crazy and would have little issue with not buying a tivo and paying $40-50 a month for service and just rent the eps.
So what if a few folks do that right. i mean shows get millions of viewers. Actually they don't. The ratings is based on a sample of some 25k viewers whose OTA, Tivo etc is counted weekly. Those numbers are then used to guesstimate how many folks are watching. If even one ratings viewer doesn't watch something it can mean a drop of several thousand to hundreds of thousands for a show. Which means make good paybacks that are at least 1000x what said person paid to rent the episode (which the network only gets 70c from anyway). So the networks are freaking out.
Now that said, I'm not really keen on this censorship by a select few or that the networks are clinging to a 1950s way of life so hard. I want them to embrace the future and credit shows with all forms of income. If a show makes or beats it's budget, it stays. If not, buh bye. And stop treating folks like all (for example) hispanic males 18-25 think the same. Cause they don't. Demand a change in the ratings system. Get a better sample and better numbers. Give us better stuff to watch and here's a wild thought, you might make more money
Originally Posted by VisualZone
Heroes was the only show worthwhile on NBC for me. Now that it's canceled, NBC, you just don't matter anymore.
Heroes was a good show turned into a crap show by the end. And NBC was part of the blame. Season 1 was tight, well written and intriguing. The rest were a mess. In part because they lacked the time limit that season one had. It happens a lot with shows. The networks don't want to have to spend the money on new shows so they want to keep what they have for as long as they can, particularly when it is super popular. So they don't end date things and force the writers to drag out stories that shouldn't have been. The Nets just don't get that the age of I Love Lucy and her new zany trouble each week is gone. Tight mini series and extended minis do work. Not all seasons have to be 22 eps long. Not all shows have to be 10 seasons. Let the schedule serve the show, not the other way. That's something they haven't learned.