Originally Posted by calguy
I am not in a hurry to watch the shows again (except for all of the reruns anyway) and can wait until the end of summer or September for a season. Buying an episode sooner on their new iPod Touch makes sense and they can take the show again on the road or on public transportation on the way to work for safety.
Yeah, but most people (I would assume) don't buy shows on the iTMS for replay value, but for first-play value.
Originally Posted by TenoBell
What exactly is the better alternative. Unbox has received NBC content. NBC gets to decide the pricing and tightened he DRM, Amazon isn't fighting them at all.
Apple is dragging the music and television industry kicking and screaming in the directions things are going anyway. The younger generation coming up will be used to downloading their content whether they pay for it or not. Would they rather people spend .99 or torrent the show for free?
Maybe you didn't realize it, but Apple's shows have restrictive DRM on it as well. No DVD burning, which helps Apple a lot, because then it gives them the oppurtunity to sell their other peripherals.
Just remember, Apple is trying its best to make as much money as it can. Cheaper prices would mean more downloads, which mean more sales of iPods and, hopefully for them, AppleTvs, which means even more money for Apple. They're not doing this because they're concerned about you first and foremost.
Originally Posted by EagerDragon
So it is bad if customers pay $23 for 23 episodes, but it is perfectly fine if the DVD hard set sells for 40 and the customers pay 45.77 for the same eposides at the 1.99 rate?
At the NBC rate of 4.99 it would be like 114.77 for the same episodes.
Talks about a download TAX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As NBC and other have little to no distribution cost, do not include all the same material as the box set, and the quality of the video is lower with the downloads ........ I would think it should be cheaper to download.
Maybe they are using a new form of math that I do not know yet.
But maybe if they had variable pricing, it would make sense. Why should Season 3 of 24 cost the same as Season 7? You're pricing it like "Let me buy last season's Office, and it costs me $46. Or I could get the DVD right now, and pay less". Well, then don't buy the download.
But most people don't get the season pass to a TV show AFTER its completed the season. They get the season as its playing, so you're paying not just to download it, but to catch the shows you missed (or just to watch all the shows so you don't have to TiVO them, or even have cable).
But, it appears people here can't seem to get past their "Apple must be the better companyso what they want must be right" ideology. Let's say, with variable pricing, like Apple does with movies, a Tv show costs $4 the first week or two its out, then reduces to $2 for the rest of the year, then $1 when it goes into 'reruns', if you will. That makes more sense then just saying "This 20 minute comedy will cost the same as that high-production value 45 minute sci fi show".
Or paying the same amount for music from 40 years ago as you do for today's top hit record.
But we'll never get any of that. Apple's too stubborn, and the studios are too stubborn (and apple fans will never call out for it, because they drank too much kool-aid).