YouTube TV Shows and Pay Per View

Mashable posted a rumor about Google working on streaming network TV shows via YouTube at $1.99 an episode. The price comes from Apple fixing the price of TV shows at $1.99 on iTunes.

At first glance, this might see too expensive, but let’s examine the real economics. The average cable bill is roughly $50/month. At $2/episode, you’d get 25 shows per month. That’s roughly 6 weekly shows… Now, some shows have double episodes (American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, etc.) So, that goes to 3 of those shows per month. That’s if you are paying basic cable. One can easily get up to $80+/month in cable bills w/o even counting their cable modem.

For people who are stuck with Time Warner Cable (like me), I’m paying $60/month for cable + all the ridiculous taxes on that junk. I don’t watch that much TV. In fact, the NFL is pretty much the only thing I’ll watch regularly. Everything else is here and there. I could save a fair amount of money every month using this pay-per-view model. Of course, the government will need to find some other way to get taxes on these purchase…

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  1. 1 com3.es | YouTube: New iTunes Competitor?

    […] you pay to see a movie in a theater, you don’t also walk home with a copy.” “I could save a fair amount of money [over cable] every month using this pay-per-view model,” says Opportunity Knocks My Head. […]




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