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Old Dec 17th, 2011, 12:00 AM   #21
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I wish Apple had a model like Netflix. For $8 a month, you can watch as much as you want. The content is not great, but it's ok.

Apple has a lot more content on iTunes, so I'd be willing to pay quite a bit more. Probably even around $50 a month, if I had a la carte access to watch anything I wanted to on my Apple TV, iPhone and Mac. That would be awesome.
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Old Dec 17th, 2011, 12:15 AM   #22
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I wish Apple had a model like Netflix. For $8 a month, you can watch as much as you want. The content is not great, but it's ok.

Apple has a lot more content on iTunes, so I'd be willing to pay quite a bit more. Probably even around $50 a month, if I had a la carte access to watch anything I wanted to on my Apple TV, iPhone and Mac. That would be awesome.
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Old Dec 17th, 2011, 07:37 AM   #23
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"YIKES!!" That's insane. Do they realize the alternative is free? Netflix at least is reasonable. So reasonable that even the biggest pirates I know are more than happy to pay for it. This must be a case of the networks wanting to charge exorbitant prices (even though they seem to put their shows up on live streaming for free). I can't imagine anybody but the very rich going for this.
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No the alternative is not free. The alternative is to wait until the end of the season and buy the DVD at $40-70 per season. Boardwalk Empire (SD version) is available for $35 for the season on iTunes, but it is over $50 on DVD. Same with other shows.

Netflix is not an alternative because it doesn't have current seasons of shows. And when you stop paying your Netflix subscription, you no longer have access to your shows.

You're trying to compare what iTunes is offering to 'renting' a show and it is not a valid comparison.
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Old Dec 18th, 2011, 11:44 AM   #25
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While I am not recommending it by 'Free Alternative' I meant torrents. That is what iTunes really has to compete with. My point was that even the torrenters find Netflix to be a good enough deal that they pay for it even though they are used to grabbing everything for free off torrents.
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While I am not recommending it by 'Free Alternative' I meant torrents. That is what iTunes really has to compete with. My point was that even the torrenters find Netflix to be a good enough deal that they pay for it even though they are used to grabbing everything for free off torrents.
No I don't think that the current setup of iTunes does have to compete with Torrents or Netflix. That's like saying a Mac has to compete with a $400 Windows machine, it is not the same thing. Netflix is rental, not ownership.

Unfortunately as we have found out with content on the iTunes Store here in Canada, there are a lot of different layers that have to be sifted through before we may see any form of change. The fact that we are restricted here in Canada from using the PBS iPad app for many shows, yet those of us within distance of the US border can pick up PBS stations for free is an example of some of the restrictions.

While I would love a good solution to the current fiasco that is television broadcasting here in Canada, and I'd love for Apple to provide us with a solution that is as good for the end user as the iPod, iPhone and iPad have been, I am not holding my breath.
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No the alternative is not free. The alternative is to wait until the end of the season and buy the DVD at $40-70 per season. Boardwalk Empire (SD version) is available for $35 for the season on iTunes, but it is over $50 on DVD. Same with other shows.

Netflix is not an alternative because it doesn't have current seasons of shows. And when you stop paying your Netflix subscription, you no longer have access to your shows.

You're trying to compare what iTunes is offering to 'renting' a show and it is not a valid comparison.
BUT 6 months later when that dvd is sitting in the bargain bin for $19.99 it'll still be $35 on iTunes. 12 months later the dvd will be $15 and iTunes will still be $35.
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Too bad purchased movies don't stream like purchased TV shows.
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Old Dec 19th, 2011, 01:49 AM   #29
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I'm glad the option for going to specific shows is there. But the price is silly.

At most they should charge $1 per viewing.

I don't think this is Apple's fault I think the big studios and networks still have stifling egos leading them and insist on high prices.

Meanwhile so much of what they produce is "freely" available as noted by others through torrents and fileshare hosts. So much so that you often have leaked digital copies of productions in circulation before screenings and broadcast dates.

Then you have to factor in that there are millions of consumers disconnecting TV cable and satellite feeds into their homes because they can get everything they require using the internet - commercial free.

In time the pricing will come down because it has to.
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BUT 6 months later when that dvd is sitting in the bargain bin for $19.99 it'll still be $35 on iTunes. 12 months later the dvd will be $15 and iTunes will still be $35.
Again this is incorrect. Mad Men is currently on iTunes for $19.95. In fact Apple has a regular section on the main page of iTunes that lists discounted TV seasons. It's how I originally got into Mad Men a few years ago.
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