Originally Posted by herbapou
nice idea really. We can kind of do that if we buy them, but it gets more expensive than cable fast. imo it would be much easier for Apple to just strike deals with existing nation wide cable companies. Problem is I dont think cable wants this.
I was not suggesting buying. That would be like the iTunes model. I was thinking more along the lines of a large pool of viewing credits.
Example $100/year buys you 100 credits worth of programming. If you want to watch Downton Abbey then the entire series may cost you 10 credits. Then you would have access to all episodes past and present of that series whenever and wherever you want. No limits at all. You want to watch the same episode 20 times, that's fine.
Let's say then that you also want to watch Walking Dead. No problem, another ten credits. Same as above, access whenever, wherever (TV, Mac, iPad, iPhone) as often as you want.
Here's another idea for older series. Reruns of Seinfeld or Star Trek may only cost 5 credits.
This way you remove the old channel model where you subscribe to a post just to watch one show.
Of course the cable providers and networks will resist this. The current model only serves them, not the average citizen. I would like nothing more than to give Videotron or Bell, the one finger salute.