Sunday, July 19, 2015

IIWK: Creative Television Programming

I don't watch television as a primary form of entertainment. I do have shows that I enjoy watching, but they are all available for free streaming, so I don't actually use a television set to watch them. However, I recognize that many people don't do that.

Television Service Providers (henceforth TSPs) like cable and satellite dish services provide packages of predetermined channels. To get one channel that you want, you have to pay for a package that comes with other channels that you probably aren't interested in.

Why?

Without doing any research into the matter, I would suspect two reasons for this: ease and marketing.

Ease
It's easier to set up a box or a subscription service to one of a short list of options. The more options there are, the more complex the code inside the box has to be.


Marketing
There are probably some channels out there very few people would want to pay for, but the TSP gets paid for providing service to them. The only way to force people to get these channels is to bundle them with channels that they actually do want.

I wish it worked more like the Internet, where I pay for only the services I want and not for those who don't. I suspect many people who don't subscribe to TSP services would be more interested in doing so if they were allowed to pick their own bundles.

Instead of paying a fixed amount for channels 1-49 (for example), and then an add-on price for 50-99, and more if they wanted 100-149, and so on and so forth; why not offer your pick of 10 channels for a small fee, or your pick of 20 for a larger fee, and larger fees the more channels you want to have access to, picking your choice channels.

With the popularity and ease of using the internet as the primary and sole form for receiving entertainment and contact with the world, from VoIP (internet phone service) to SoIP (streaming entertainment), I think it's high time for TVoIP, television that works like the internet.

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