Craig Birkmaier wrote:
Do you have more details?
Seems like all the major networks offer some sort of TV show repeat over the Internet.
CBS seems the most into this, with many choices and a full screen option. Uses WMP or Real Player.
ABC is similar, but uses Flah Player 9 and does not offer a full screen option.
NBC seems to have fewer choices, but still offers full length episodes, also using Flash Player 9.
MNT seems to offer only recaps, also using Flash Player, but you can expand these to fill the screen, unlike what ABC and NBC offer.
CW offer full length episodes, but you have to install Movie Media Player software to run these.
All of these are free, with minimal ad interruption. I can see that someone who doesn't care about news or other shows, doesn't care about viewing the episodes as soon as they air, and is okay with the lower quality, could see this as a good alternative to any other distrubution medium. As long as most people don't go this way, it's a viable option.
Many of the download services such as the iTunes store charge directly for the programming.
Right. You pay perhaps $2.00 per episode, which is a so-so deal compared to what other options there are.
The other factor that may help mitigate the situation is that there there is some exchange of information and possibly some customization of the ads for the person who is downloading. Most broadcast TV ads are lesseffective since there is little correlation between what is being advertisedand what the viewer may be interested in. And the new services that insert ads make it impossible to skip them, although you can still go to the bathroom or the fridge for a beer.
True. No ad skipping allowed, then again, who needs to skip anything that lasts only 30 seconds? As things are in this snapshot in time, no ad skipping or fast forwarding is not a liability.
The repeated shows, as of now, do not seem to target ads. Because they don't ask you for any personal info before allowing playback. I don't know whether even targeted ads would be so much more effective that advertizers would pay the same for, say, 2 minutes of total ad time compared with 20 minutes for the broadcast ads, but who knows. But certainly, unicast as these shows are, in principle the ads could be much better targeted, and without doing anything especially fancy to achieve this goal.
The best part of all of this is that now that broadcasters are offering these shows this way, there is a good incentive to incoporate a broadband connection or 802.11g and IP in STBs. So you can easily use this service on a sit-back TV system, rather than having to watch on a PC, or transcribe to DVD, or other cumbersome approach. And this is true Internet TV, not walled garden IPTV.
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