SNIP...... "Why in the world would I want to watch my favorite TV show or a two hour movie on a 15" computer screen?" SNIP.....
Exactly! I have a 22" widesreen monitor and a very comfortable chair in front of my computer. I get my TV OTA, and have no DVR, so I once had to watch an episode of 24 that I had missed, on the computer the next day. Have also watched a college basketball game on ESPN3.com from the computer as it was the only way to catch it. But both experiences were less than optimal. It's just not the same as watching it on a large TV from your favorite living room chair or the couch.
HBO repeats things so often, I can see no real upside to the streaming service for them. "It’s about getting our subscribers to watch more of the content,” said Eric Kessler, co-president of HBO. “The more our subscribers watch HBO, the more they like the service and the longer they keep the service.” Is HBO really losing subscribers because they can't watch it when on a business trip or vacation, or on their smart phones? I find that hard to believe. Cable and telcos have made DVRs available to just about everybody, so there's no excuse for missing an episode of your favorite show anymore. And as most of us have agreed, watching TV on a laptop, let alone a phone, is not a great experience.
With ESPN now offering their web content streaming through Xbox, I think the parent companies of the networks are recognizing there is market share they are missing. Xbox users area a perfect market to find sports fans. But if they are courting this market they must be experiencing a loss of subscribers elsewhere. Could it be the effect of cord cutting? ESPN certainly has the most to lose due to it's very high cost to the consumer. If a million people cancel cable/Fios/Sat, that's approximately a $3,000,000.00 loss for ESPN, every month!
Granted, the TV networks, and their parent conpanies don't want to change the status quo. Their double ended cash cow of getting paid by both the advertisers *and* the viewers makes them money hand over foot. At the same time, when they see the numbers dwindling, and see an avenue to get that revenue back, I dont think they will shrink from it. It's a delicate balancing act, no doubt. But I think this is just the begining. ESPN will soon begin thinking about deals with Roku and other STB and entertainment equipment makers. HBOs entry into this market might be slower, but I don't think they would spend all that money on a streaming service just to keep current customers happy. This is a test run for doing the same thing as ESPN. I would pay $10-$12 a month for HBO through Roku in a heartbeat, but I would never go back to cable and pay for all that junk I never watch, to get it.
LG 42" 1080, Sony S550 Blu Ray, Pioneer VSX 512S, Harmony One, Roku 3-wired, Fire TV Stick, FlircUSB, 30Mb, Antenna. Coventry RI, USA