for more than $1
[Intel is making a] …set-top box, said by industry insiders to be available to a limited beta of customers in March, [which] will offer cable channels delivered “over the top” to televisions anywhere there is an Internet connection regardless of provider.
…For the first time, consumers will be able to subscribe to content per channel, unlike bundled cable services, and you may also be able to subscribe per show as well. Intel’s set-top box will also have access to Intel’s already existing app marketplace for apps, casual games, and video on demand. Leveraging the speed of current broadband, and the vast shared resources of the cloud, Intel plans to give customers the ability to use “Cloud DVR”, a feature intended to allow users to watch any past TV show at any time, without the need to record it ahead of time, pause live tv, and rewind shows in progress.
O’ course the “why it won’t work” argument against Intel includes the old “it’s cheaper when we make you buy it” meme.
Disney, for instance, charges TV distributors about $5 for every subscriber that gets ESPN. And, by some estimates, only about 25 percent of cable customers actually watch ESPN on a regular basis. So if you unbundled ESPN, the per-subscriber cost might shoot up to $20 or more, to account for the 75 percent drop in its customer base.
I would counter that with the savings from just three channels I don’t want, I could afford one that I do want. Add up all the stupid “shopping,” sports, religious, teen, “urban,” “women’s,” children’s, and The Loser Channel channels at $5 each, I could afford the Western channel, RFD 1 & 2, and several old Movie channels — with $$$ left over for snax!!
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