Originally Posted by gregmightdothat
How don't you see value in it? Let's compare costs.
Cable TV: $40/month.
After 3 years, that's $1,800.
Apple TV: $300.
Season pass from iTunes: $35 each.
(1800 - 300) / $35 = 42.8 TV seasons.
That's FOURTEEN shows a year. Do you watch that much? I didn't think so.
Apple TV + iTunes is an incredible value, once you throw out cable (not that I ever had it anyway). If next year they can pull of 720p (which would make movies about 3 GB and TV shows between 500 MB and 1 GB), they're golden.
Let me see...
Law & Order
Law & Order: SVU
Law & Order: CI
The Amazing Race
There's my 14 plus 1 extra. That excludes things I watch at random like CSI, Deal or No Deal, Cold Case, all the shows in syndication, etc.
If you watch just 2 shows a day, that's 14 seasons right there. Not a far stretch to imagine someone watching 2 shows a day. And if you have kids, chances are that easily puts you past 14 seasons right there. Maybe you enjoy watching Spongebob Squarepants, but I'd consider cutting off my own leg to avoid that torture. If you watch any reality TV shows like Survivor, they are basically 1/2 season shows so you end watching 2 of those to fill the season. And what about local news, weather, etc? Hell, what if I'm home from work one day and want to catch an episode of The Price is Right before Bob Barker retires? Hook up the rabbit ears and hope the local CBS channel is watchable? Or a better example right around the corner, what about watching the Super Bowl?
Also, back on the reality shows or even a show like 24, since they are not available on iTunes until the day after (if not longer) they air, if you have friends at work that like the same shows, do you want to walk in and have them greet you, saying, "Hey, were you as shocked as I that Steve got voted off Survivor last night?" Or if you missed the 2 Monday night episodes of 24 (like I did, and bought from iTunes since I currently lack a DVR), do you want to walk in and find out from a friend that Jack killed Curtis to defend a known terrorist and that the bad guys actually detonated a nuke near Los Angeles?
And then there's all the storage space, with each 1 hour episode taking about 1/2 a GB of space. At .5GB for 14 seasons averaging 20 episodes, that's 140GB of HD space a year.
And of course, there's the problem that not everything on TV is on iTunes. I had Smallville on my TV list? Hmm, no Smallville on iTunes...goes I'll have to do without. Thanks.
And this continues to annoy me, what about all the people like myself who can't get high-speed internet through any other source but the cable company? What's your suggestion, that I spend 2 days trying to download over dial-up? Beg a friend or relative to let me download from their computer?
Really, it's great that not having cable works out for you but for most it's simply not going to happen as it provides a better value to have a cable and DVR than Apple TV + iTunes for the majority of people. Really, I could do the same thing you're advocating with Apple TV by just buying DVDs. A season of a TV show costs close to the same amount as an iTunes Season Pass (except HBO series), except in the process I get better picture, sound, and bonus features.