Imagine paying $50 a month to get a few TV channels you want, amongst hundreds you don’t, just to view a few programs that interest you; all at a set time you have no control over. This has become the norm for watching TV, but things are changing. There are various internet products which are challenging cable TV and how we view content. The methods may differ, but these internet products and services provide consumers with an alternative viewing experience.
Among the stars competing on the 2011 MLS roster will be David Beckham, who currently plays with the LA Galaxy. He’ll be joined by stars such as Time Ream and Theirry Henry of the Red Bulls, and Omaro Bravo of Sporting Kansas City. Faryd Mondragon, Tally Hall and Kasey Keller will handle duties as goalkeepers during the game.
Amazon also has its own music store and video 600+ Premium HD Channels of Live Tv, Sports, and Movies that rivals Apple in every way. What’s a tablet with no media sources? Its a web browser/ Angry Birds machine. Amazon Prime members can stream unlimited movies and tv from a growing library of content. An Amazon tablet would automatically be a media rich experience.
Those who are looking for a bargain may be the big winners with VUDU’s two for two deal and the 99 cent specials. But anyone who wants current content will be paying top dollar and this can really add up for movie fans.
I did one month of Blockbuster for free to evaluate and found it was double effort to pick my movies. The routine with Netflix was pick a movie – and if its avaiable to stream – steam it. If not, rent it. With two services, I had to first check Netflix to see if I could stream it – then login to Blockbuster to rent it.
For the past five years, my greatest fear at Netflix has been that we wouldn’t make the leap from success in DVDs to success in streaming. Most companies that are great at something – like AOL dialup or Borders bookstores – do not become great at new things people want (streaming for us). So we moved quickly into streaming, but I should have personally given you a full explanation of why we are splitting the services and thereby increasing prices. It wouldn’t have changed the price increase, but it would have been the right thing to do.
The concept of prepaid has been gaining popularity in recent times due to its many advantages. Firstly, there is no binding contract between you and the cellphone service provider. You also pay for your bills up-front, meaning you buy the amount of time you want to spend on the network ahead of using it, and then use it up as you prefer, depending on the specifications of the prepaid package.
Unfortunately, Hulu isn’t letting that happen as they are now blocking Playstation 3 users from accessing the videos on the web site. While no official reason was given, one could guess that the big television networks don’t want their shows on Hulu being watched on the television screen when the consumers could be tuning in on their channels instead.