Originally Posted by Pendergast
Never going to happen.
Making quality TV costs money, and is based on paying for things you don't need. If you pay for only what you need, you can expect prices to rise accordingly.
If you want truly a la carte, what Apple could negotiate is an expansion to iTunes Season Pass, where you buy a season of a TV show (for, say $50) and then get a access to a live stream of the show when it airs, in addition to On Demand of the entire released season in your Purchased shows.
So if you watch only 4-5 shows a year, you could pay $250-300 per year for access and purchase.
maybe not that much, but I'm figuring for a 'channel' you'll be paying
$9.99 a month for most 'expanded basic sort of stuff (think ESPN… where you want to watch the feed 4-6 hours a week)
and 4.99 per original content show/PPV event (Think Monday Night Football… outside of that $9.99).
Don't forget that most live feeds will still have network commercials as well.
Again, using ESPN as a model, they have at least 3, if not 4 pricing bands (think in-app purchases). Basic, HD, (ESPNNews, ESPNU, Classic) and ESPN3
and Audio/Radio, as well as the Magazine, and Deportes.
If I were them, I would be opting for a $19.99 a month for full content, $9.99 for the basic news feeds and crap content, and $2.99-4.99 for live PPV
Me… I don't watch MNF unless it's a team that I enjoy… I'd pay $5 to watch GreenBay/Chicago in my own living room if it had playoff implications.
But that does put it on the $250/year trajectory, at least for full content.
But to have it on my 1080P TV, my iPhone, and my iPad Mini… that's convenient.