I’m currently paying Cablevision almost $80/month for, essentially, this:
- History Channel
- Food Network
- Discovery Channel
- That Bravo cooking reality show (not the one with the mean guy and a lot of fire)
- A handful of broadcast-network shows when they’re in season (freely available in HD over the air with bunny ears and an ATSC tuner)
This is stupid. I’m on the verge of canceling my cable service because it’s stupid to pay that much money for the little use I get out of it. Plus, the Cablevision DVR is buggy and awful, and I hate even being inconvenienced by fast-forwarding through commercials (yet alone watching them if I’m unfortunate enough to be watching a live show).
I’m happy to pay to receive your content - but not $80/month for the other 200 channels I never watch. I’m even willing to pay your slightly high $2/show iTunes pricing for the convenience of portable, commercial-free shows (although they’re not cross-platform, and the resolution could be better).
But the selection of cable-network shows available on iTunes is terrible. It costs nearly nothing to distribute an already-produced show on iTunes. You’d even make money from it. Probably more than if I watch it on cable.
Get some deals together with Apple and get your shows up there!