Originally Posted by antkm1
I agree that there are a lot of crap networks out there that I would rather not subscribe to, but I do because it's part of a package.
That being said though, I think what a lot of people don't realize is, if TV went 100% a-la-carte, then once you've watched everything once, how do you find out about new shows? With no commercials, how you find out about new content. For my household, 99% of the new content we find out about is either: 1. Commercials or 2. friends/colleagues. That's how I heard about LOST, a commercial. We hardly ever search for new content via internet. Granted every once in a while i stumble on something. But that's about it. If it went the iTunes model, you'd start hearing crickets coming out of your ATV after a while IMO.
Additionally, without Ads and cable/satv/dish companies, we would have no TV to watch. They play a huge part in the broadcasting of new shows. And I think that's what all the Media Giants are afraid will happen. If that happens where to commercials/previews fit in? We all hate those forced video ads that pop-up and we instantly close them if that option is available, but i digress...
Plus Mr. Pig, I find it surprising that you can't watch a movie more than once? You must have a very short attention span. Granted I don't have a huge library, and I thin it out every once in a while, but I do keep at least 50 of my favorites in the collection at all times. With Netflix, I find myself buying less and less movies, because for the price we pay, I can stand to rent movies a couple times.
How to find out about new shows? Like you, I have found out about good shows from friends/coworkers. I also check websites to see what is new. Solution: The cable companies and/or Apple should host a free "You-Tubish" preview channel, complete with clips from each show/movie. Have Apple make the channel available for free in itunes.
The problem I have with ads? Let's see......I would pay $100.00 a month for a "package" containing hundreds of channels - most of which are crap. Most of the money from my monthly bill would finance junk such as "news" channels, MTV, etc. If I really want news, I would go online. I avoid getting my news from a Media Giant. Why else do you think few people buy newspapers anymore?
Oh, and when I view a 2 hour movie, one third (or more) of that time is devoted to commercials. And the cable/satellite companies turn up the volume on your TV real loud whenever an ad runs. Brilliant. Remember the argument for cable TV when it first came out? "It's wonderful! For a monthly fee, you get all these channels and NO commercials!"
I do not watch a movie more than once. I am able to do it, but I choose not to. I get bored watching re-runs. I do make exceptions to this rule: "Scrooge" and "It's a Wonderful Life" need to be seen every year around Christmastime. Nature documentaries by David Attenborough and the old Wild Kingdom series can also be watched over and over.
Netflix sounds like a good deal. I would want to watch Netflix movies/shows via an internet connection. But the lack of parental controls is keeping me away. There is NO WAY to prevent a child from selecting any single movie or genre of movies. For example, if I do not want my child to watch horror movies, there is no way I, as a parent, can block that out.