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reply to AnonFTW
Re: Not News
said by AnonFTW :Quixster.
Right, because what could the CEO of Netflix possibly know about his industry?
said by AnonFTW :You are correct in your numbers but your conclusion is improbably optimistic. $9 a month for streaming gets you a lot of sub-par or dated entertainment. Now for someone like me who places very little value on content, I don't mind. But for normal people, this isn't the best of options.
What will likely force their hand? Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones Season 1 (alone) cost $50 million to produce, Season 2 cost about $60 million, Season 3 is approaching $100 million, all while cable subscriptions are going down. Yet, all seasons of the show set records for the most pirated TV show, ever. HBO, even at the risk of angering their cable and satellite bedfellows, can't ignore the potential revenue stream staring them in the face. If Netflix can charge $9 a month for unlimited streaming, loads of people would pay that for several months of HBO and who knows, might even get hooked on first run movies and HBO's other shows.
I also am a cord-cutter. But the fact remains that compared to the number of people who pay for TV (about 100 million subscribers total), our numbers are small (about 125k the last I read here). Compared to the numbers of subscribers HBO gets through cable/satellite/telco TV providers, we don't even resonate in the margin of error. For HBO to develop and provide a standalone solution for people like us won't make much sense for them financially, especially if they antagonize their content delivery partners.
Also consider who we are... we, as cord-cutters, are people who specifically do NOT want to pay a lot of money for entertainment. HBO is a premium product. For there to be any appeal, they would have to offer what amounts to a value package that isn't too expensive ($15 a month tops). I don't see them doing that.
said by AnonFTW :I don't agree. Maybe when 125k becomes 1 million, or 5 million, I might change my mind.
The bigger picture here is that we're all going to get what we want, a sort of a la carte choice - albeit in streaming format - and HBO realizes it's inevitable.
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