CBS, NBC round out 'big four' networks on Apple TV, exclusive M2M channel also debuts

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  • Reply 21 of 56
    512ke512ke Posts: 782member

    "what do you watch on TV that isn't available on Netflix, Hulu?"

     

    CBS shows! Yes, CBS has a limited number of episodes available to stream from their website, at pretty bad quality.

     

    CBS shows have been hard to watch on Apple TV unless you don't mind shelling out $40 for a season pass on iTunes.

  • Reply 22 of 56
    boeyc15boeyc15 Posts: 986member

    Full (including Sunday football?) CBS for $6... that seems 'somewhat' reasonable. There must be a catch or I missed something. CBS is about the only network (Sherlock) I watch anymore

     

     

    Prepare for 'rant' or move on to next comment---

     

    I get most of the premium movie channels. Its a mazing how many times and for how many years they play the same basic movies over and over again. Does Hollywood screw them that much they cannot have some variety? Even TCM seems to have gone down hill this year.

     

    If Apple could get 'local' channels... that would be great. But-- I only watch for the occasional local weather or big local news story, otherwise they are useless... IMO.

     

    Last, surely not least-- most networks (history, discovery, Sci ('how its made' channel)) only have one or two shows to see for about 6-10 weeks and that's it. What a scam!!

     

    PS --- don't get me started on the 'dateline' or '20-20' replays on every other network... ugh., WTF!!

  • Reply 23 of 56
    maestro64maestro64 Posts: 5,043member
    sog35 wrote: »
    useless.

    $6 for a channel I can for free with an OTA?  

    That is exactly what I was going to say this proves the content owners still do not get it. Someone needs to sue them on this. Why pay for what you get free OTA the thing is OTA will be better quality verse the compressed streaming you get over their internet.
  • Reply 24 of 56

    So I can pay $6/month for the privileged of watching their commercials... No thanks. That's why I punted Hulu+.

     

    I don't mind paying for a service, Netflix, HBO, iTunes TV shows (preferred method), or putting up with commercials (I'm getting less and less tolerant of this since the commercials are all Accident chasing lawers or drug dealing pharma companies). But I'm not going to do both! That's the falicy of this whole situation. They want it both ways... Getting paid for broadcasting (traditional commercial TV) and getting paid to receive it (subscriptions)... Sorry but NO!

     

    As soon as sports are regularly streamed... Cable and Satellite are doomed! I get my Broncos fix OTA! I've given up on other sports for the most part. Although I really like golf again now that Tiger is out.

  • Reply 25 of 56
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    useless.

     

    $6 for a channel I can for free with an OTA?  


     

    Lucky for you.



    But you cannot always get CBS nor NBC OTA.  That depends on where you live.  It also depends on whether or not you can have a good enough antenna to receive TV shows OTA.  This is difficult in many apartments.  It is difficult in mountainous areas. And it is difficult in rural areas.

     

    Recently, during a power outage, I was still able to watch Comcast Xfinity on my iPhone and iPad via the over-the-air AT&T LTE cellular network. 

    It is a blast to be able to watch Comcast Xfinity channels anywhere on my iPhone and iPad!

  • Reply 26 of 56
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    what do you watch on TV that isn't available on Netflix, Hulu?

     

    I would abandon cable today if I had a way to watch live NFL/NBA.




    Can you simply subscribe to the NFL and NBA via their streaming apps on iPhone and iPad???

     

    You can cut the cable today if you want.

  • Reply 27 of 56
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    regardless, I have no idea who would pay for this.  $6 for CBS is ridiculous




    That isn't ridiculous. It costs lots of money to create TV shows.

  • Reply 28 of 56
    solipsismysolipsismy Posts: 5,099member
    Is there a list of channels available at launch? Particularly, I'm looking for the Speed and Velocity channels.
  • Reply 29 of 56
    bcodebcode Posts: 141member
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    In Canada they've said as much as using a VPN to watch US-only content is stealing. 

     

    Not sure about using an in-country VPN or not




    Well, Canadian Content Distributors have claimed as much, yes...  Bell says it's stealing, but the RCMP have a completely different perspective, I assure you.

  • Reply 30 of 56
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    So I can pay $6/month for the privileged of watching their commercials... No thanks. That's why I punted Hulu+.


    Have you heard of their ad-free tier?

     

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    useless.

     

    $6 for a channel I can for free with an OTA?  


    Totally different content delivery methods. With OTA, you have to watch what is on when it is on - there's no "on demand" to OTA.

  • Reply 31 of 56
    mnbob1mnbob1 Posts: 269member
    Some of you don't understand how the different networks work. CBS All Access has been available on the iPhone and iPad as an app from the AppStore for awhile. You pay a monthly fee which gives you access to CBS current shows the day after they are broadcast. They also give you access to previous seasons of almost all of the shows aired on CBS going back to I Love Lucy. The local broadcast live streams are limited to news broadcasts and any special programming created by the local station.

    CBS, NBC, and ABC all make you watch commercials through out the shows that you can't skip through. ABC and NBC make you authenticate to your cable provider. ABC has done this for a long time. It loses its authentication often it's annoying to go through the process again and again.

    Bottom line is CBS is the only one that works without having cable. I've been using the CBS app for awhile and it's well worth it.
  • Reply 32 of 56
    msanttimsantti Posts: 1,377member
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    Problem is in most markets you don't even get ONE channel for $6.

     

    In most markets the CBS app won't play live TV.  So no live Tv, no Live NFL games.

     

    Most cable packages are $50-$60 for 100+ channels.


    Well, OTA will give you the channel live.

     

    The CBS package is really to watch shows after they aired (like Hulu) and get access to the back catalog of CBS programming.

     

    The NBC deal is just good if you already are paying for cable. Woopee.

  • Reply 33 of 56
    pmzpmz Posts: 3,433member

    When people complain about $5.99 for live access + on demand from a network....I think they forget Apple still charges $3 per episode on iTunes.

     

     

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    Bottom line is CBS is the only one that works without having cable. I've been using the CBS app for awhile and it's well worth it.

    And this is all that matters. Access without cable subscription. The time has passed for networks to be "skeptical and trepidacious" when it comes to streaming. There is money to be made. They need to open it up.

  • Reply 34 of 56
    calicali Posts: 3,494member
    sog35 wrote: »
    useless.

    $6 for a channel I can for free with an OTA?  

    Isn't the attraction the ability to stream any episode whenever you want?
  • Reply 35 of 56
    icoco3icoco3 Posts: 1,474member
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    maybe they should spend less and make better content?

     

    I doubt CBS charges TimeWarner/Comcast $6 per subscriber


     

    It is a different model streaming to 5 million different users vs 1 stream that Comcast and Time Warner rebroadcast.  PLUS you get the back catalog.  Sounds like Apple Music hmmmmmmmmm except this is CBS TV.

  • Reply 36 of 56
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    useless.

     

    $6 for a channel I can for free with an OTA?  




    For the $6 you get access to their entire repository of shows.

    You can watch them when, where and how you want. (Rewind, Fast Forward, Pause, Replay etc...)

    That is the future of TV.

     

    Having said that, I would wait for the Apple skinny bundle.

  • Reply 37 of 56
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 13,002member
    sog35 wrote: »
    useless.

    $6 for a channel I can for free with an OTA?  

    You get VOD and access to an enormous archive of old shows.
  • Reply 38 of 56
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member

    It's funny how many people were whining for ages about Cable and how it's so expensive, and now more and more channels are being available online for a subscription, and people are whining about that too. Did ya think that it was all going to be free? Haha.<img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" /> 

  • Reply 39 of 56
    I can't get cable and my house is in the wrong position for satellite, so I have to go with OTA (over-the-air), thus I cannot use any of the 'Big-4' services nor any of the 'Watch Now' services. This sucks! The only Internet I can get is point-to-point radio that is restricted to a max of 10mbps and my LTE service is as slow as molasses in January!

    Please, Apple, PLEASE, come up with an ala carte plan that does not require cable or satellite service! PLEASE!
  • Reply 40 of 56
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 4,056member
    sog35 wrote: »
    useless.

    $6 for a channel I can for free with an OTA?  
    OTA don't give you past broadcasted contents.
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