NBC, CBS ‘shows on demand for 99 cents’ plans laughable compared to Apple iTunes+iPod

“It’s being billed as a competing service, or at least something comparable to what Apple has done with its downloadable episodes from Disney’s ABC, including Lost and Desperate Housewives,” Seth Jayson writes for The Motley Fool. “In reality, this is just another indicator that the folks running the traditional media biz have no idea what consumers want and are woefully unprepared to provide it.”

Jayson writes, “The hubbub today is about the hot new ‘on demand’ services slated to come from Viacom’s CBS, General Electric’s NBC, and their respective partners at Comcast and DirecTV. The networks announced that they will allow on-demand “download” of some of their favorite shows.”

“The DirecTV plan is closest to a true downloadable service, except that the media isn’t popping into anyone’s home in a form that can be readily transferred to a computer or portable device. Instead, it will just live on the hard drive in the subscribers’ DirecTV box,” Jayson writes. “Now, compared with what Apple is doing on the video iPod, this is a tiny step, and a laughably inadequate one at that.”

Full article here.

Advertisement: The New iPod with Video.  The ultimate music + video experience on the go.  From $299.  Free shipping.
CBS and Comcast, NBC and DirecTV equal limited time to view and/or not portable, but, hey, you saved a buck! Neither ideas compare well to Apple iTunes+iPod which offers ownership (no limited viewing period), portable, and playable on Macs, Windows PCs, iPods, and any screen to which you wish to connect and output to your iPod or personal computer.

Apple’s new iPods can display audio and video on any TV or other video device using a US$19.99 Apple iPod AV Cable. An Apple iPod Universal Dock ($39.99) plus an Apple Remote ($19.99, included free with the new iMac G5) are a nice solution for using your iPod to play video on any size screen. You can also use Apple’s $19.99 VGA Display Adapter to connect the mini-VGA port on many Mac models to any VGA-equipped monitor or external projector for video-mirroring. The VGA cable plugs into the VGA video-out port built into your Mac. Or use Apple’s Apple Video Adapter to connect the mini-VGA video output port on your Mac to any S-video or Composite enabled device (TV, VCR, or overhead projector’s S-Video or RCA (composite) cable).

Related articles:
Apple’s iTunes Music Store sells over one million videos in under 20 days – October 31, 2005
Can Apple’s iTunes Store resurrect old time TV? – October 30, 2005
Has Apple’s Steve Jobs saved network television or simply helped hasten its death? – October 27, 2005
TV network presidents see no threat from Apple video iTunes+iPod – October 27, 2005
BusinessWeek: Apple iPod+iTunes video marks new era for digital media – October 27, 2005
TV Critic: Apple iPod video strikingly bright, crisp, very fluid; TV will have to reorient itself – October 27, 2005
Thurrott: Apple iPod ‘the new standard by which all are measured – highly recommended’ – October 26, 2005
Chicago Tribune: Apple’s new iPod is a showstopper – October 26, 2005
PC Magazine review gives Apple’s new video-capable iPod 5 out of 5 stars – October 21, 2005
CBS News: New iPod shows ‘Apple will continue to dominate portable digital media player market’ – October 21, 2005
Apple’s video-capable iPod and iTunes are first vital link in new distribution paradigm – October 21, 2005
USA Today: Apple’s new iPod + video: world’s foremost portable music players have gotten only better – October 20, 2005
Comprehensive review of Apple’s iPod 5G with Video – October 20, 2005
The Motley Fool: ‘Apple’s new video-enabled iPod is about to save the televised content industry’ – October 20, 2005
Ars Technica reviews Apple’s new video-capable iPod – October 20, 2005
NY Times Pogue: ‘watching video on new iPod’s 2.5-inch screen is completely immersive’ – October 19, 2005
MSNBC columnist: after initial coolness wears off, Apple’s video iPod will wind up in dresser drawer
Apple’s $1.99 iTunes TV show downloads may be ‘the savior of good television’ – October 17, 2005
Apple opens Pandora’s box for the media business, could have profound long-term consequences – October 17, 2005
BofA analyst: Apple video play an ‘evolutionary opportunity,’ 9.3m iPods to be sold this quarter – October 17, 2005
Apple has the potential to change not just the audio industry, but the whole entertainment industry – October 17, 2005
Advertisers welcome Apple’s iTunes Store commerical-free content – October 17, 2005
New York Times writer can’t think different: ‘video iPod may not be ready for prime time’ – October 17, 2005
Cringely on Apple video experiment, future 802.11n Apple Video Express, Sony TVs in Apple stores – October 14, 2005
Podfather: iPod porn is going to be huge – October 14, 2005
Forrester Research: Apple transformed music distribution, now it is doing the same for video – October 14, 2005
Watching episode of ABC’s ‘Lost’ on 2.5-inch iPod screen surprisingly compelling – October 13, 2005
Get ready for the iPod video torrent search sites – October 13, 2005
Apple’s new iMac G5, iTunes 6, iPod video designed to bait Hollywood – October 13, 2005
Apple video iPod+iTunes could create mass audience for video on the go, despite studios’ misgivings – October 13, 2005
Using QuickTime Pro to create videos for playback in new Apple iPods – October 13, 2005
Analyst: Apple has just produced ‘the tipping point’ for entertainment content – October 13, 2005
Apple’s video play likely to unsettle movie, TV, advertising and retail markets for years to come – October 12, 2005
Apple unveils new 5th generation iPod, now plays music, photos, and video – October 12, 2005

26 Comments

  1. dj – I was thinking exactly the same thing. who do they think they are really fooling? Maybe on the off chance that I forgot to set the dvr or that three! things are on at the same time that I wanna record? These guys are quite befuddling.

  2. Why pay again for the show? I already pay $75 per month for cable and $6 extra per month for a DVR through Time Warner. Why pay the extra $1 per episode when I already have it set to record “all first run” episodes”?

    There would have to be a major shift in how DVR’s work for people to spend more money to record a show.

    What about TIVO-to-Go? Aren’t they already providing a portable product? I don’t have it, so I don’t know for sure.

    MW-“although” stranger things have happened.

  3. If you have a TiVo (or similar) you already have the capability that these “download” services seem to offer. This would only seem to benefit the people who don’t think about things until it’s too late…

  4. Remember Comcast is the company which prevented you fron fast fowarding through commercials in certain TV shows you recorded on their DVR.

    I would not be surprised if they prohibited you from recording the shows which they are offering for $1 each.

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.