“YouTube already lets users watch a smattering of TV shows for free, with advertising. Now it envisions something similar to what Apple and Amazon already offer: First-run shows, without commercials, for $1.99 an episode, available the day after they air on broadcast or cable,” Kafka reports. “The biggest stumbling block may be consumers. That’s because Google is talking about streaming the shows, instead of letting consumers download them to their computers, as both Apple and Amazon do.”
MacDailyNews Note: Both Apple and Amazon also already stream content via rentals.
Kafka continues, “Executives at YouTube and TV insist that the disparity is simply a perception problem, and cite studies that show that most people who download TV episodes only watch them once, anyway. But that’s a tough sell.”
Kafka notes, “In addition to its a la carte offering, Apple is [reportedly] trying to create a monthly subscription service.”
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