Originally Posted by aldamon
Just curious, but how is that any different than browsing through a recommendations list and trying something new? I don't see why a TV "world-view" or TV exploration needs to be limited to what's in an EPG. I consider any content provider with a massive selection my multichannel provider.
I can watch it and find out without having to buy something or waste a slot (and 3 days) in my Netflix queue. It's on now (or coming up in a little bit). I can check it out immediately.
There are a lot of shows that I see recommended that I really don't bother with if I can't sample them easily. Maybe I'll get to them someday, but I'd rather watch the new stuff when I can check it out and either bail on or keep watching on my own terms.
Also, I seem to have struck a nerve with the patience thing. Sorry. It was kind of a joke since we in GenX/Y get such a bad rap with the patience thing, but let's take it seriously for a moment. Obviously, I already know some people don't want to wait for TV and your post very clearly illustrates that mindset. I'm more interested in why some of us have learned to be patient with TV. My guesses are DVR and the negotiated content delays at Netflix have desensitized us a bit.
Honestly, I think you're in the minority.
Most people I know cut the cord because they wanted to save money. Having to wait or watch through Hulu is a tradeoff they're willing to make. They aren't more patient: they just see it as a fair trade. Also, many of them primarily watch the broadcast networks so they can still watch most of the stuff the like immediately.
I can go to a carnival and get a funnel cake. Now, say I know that the guy in the booth will give it to me at no cost or a much lower cost at the end of the night when he wants to fry off the remaining dough. Some people are willing to wait and not spend the extra money. Others want it now because it's part of the experience to walk around with it while you scope out the rides and games. Plus, if it's really good, you can always come back and get some more later - maybe at the end of the night.
It's not about being more or less patient. It's about whether you enjoy the experience. It's entertainment.
It's the same funnel cake - only the price is different. I don't think all those people that buy it at full price are making any worse a decision than those that wait and get it cheaper. Going to the theater for a movie seems silly to some when you can wait and watch it cheaper. Heck, if you wait long enough, it'll be on ABC or NBC over the air for nothing. But, there will be commercials and parts of it edited out.
I enjoy having a bunch of channels at the ready. That's one of the ways I spend my money. I don't go to sporting events and seldom go to concerts. I choose carefully which movies I see in the theater. Netflix saves me money on premium channel subscriptions. I can cook, so I don't have to eat out. I also own my vehicles free and clear.
Now, I can see where people might resent the cable model and not want to play. That's OK.
However, if nobody did, we'd have a heck of an entertainment problem when the who thing implodes on itself. Guys like me keep the entertainment financed so it can come out on DVD or to streaming services. This stuff won't be paid for on home video or the internet. I'm helping finance your viewing choice - which is ironically, the one aspect most people here hate about cable: financing other people's viewing options.
If I'm OK with that, what do you care?
BTW: I still buy CDs. That's right, I'm the guy who pays too much to get a bunch of songs that suck, just to get the one or two he likes. I have a whole big shelf unit of them. They sound great, are there when I want them and there's no DRM. That's worth it to me.