On Subscription Television

Slashdot is running An Essay On Subscription Television. Consider the question:

Who would pay $1.99 to download a television episode that only costs about $0.0014 to see on cable?

Just for the sake of answering it, here is my list:

  • Somebody, who is outside of reach of cable (international customers)
  • Somebody, who doesn’t want to see any commercials (not all cable is ad-free)
  • Somebody, who needs to test credit card operations, or network configuration
  • Somebody, who would want to watch the episode over and over again. On his mobile phone.
  • Somebody, who blogged about the episode, linked to it, and wants to see if the link is fully functional.

Oh, well…

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