Would You Pay $1 To Watch A Commercial Free TV Show?
from the do-the-math... dept
The TV industry keeps struggling to come up with plans to "fight" the rise of DVR devices like TiVo. One plan would include the ability to view commercial-free TV shows on demand for about $1 per show. There certainly could be some demand for this... but not that much if people just taped the shows "for free" (ignoring any service fees) via a DVR device. So, it wouldn't be surprising to find out that the other part of this plan would involve blocking devices from commercial skipping on certain programs, or even blocking them from being recorded at all. As some are realizing, however, this would likely be a big stumbling block for many users who would end up watching less TV because of it -- which is exactly the direction TV does not want to go in. Television is now competing with many other forms of media for attention. Stories about how the internet is taking away time from TV are pretty common these days. Putting up walls to make it more difficult to view TV doesn't do the industry any real favors. It simply drives people elsewhere.