Warner Bros flogs Nikita on iTunes
One way to beat the Torrents?
Warner Brothers is making three TV shows available in the UK, putting them up on iTunes one day after each show airs in the USS. Nikita, The Vampire Diaries: Season Two hits iTunes UK every Friday and Gossip Girl: Season 4 lands on Tuesdays.
The shows cost £2.49 a pop and you can buy season passes for Vampire and Gossip for £34.99 each.
Let's be realistic this won't stop people getting their US TV fix from the torrents, or using a US proxy to watch stuff on Hulu. However, the Warner move removes one plank in a common freetard defence..."I am only doing this because it is not available and I must see this now".
British viewers who prefer to watch their TV on, well, TV, can see Vampire Diaries on ITV2 in October, and Gossip Girl on ITV2 in September and cable and satellite subscribers can see Nikita on Living.
HD, big deal.
Why are people willing to put a premium on HD content? When we had 405 line monochrome TV did we pay more for 625, then colour? No. The broadcast standard changed. Everything was colour. It cost no more to make colour than B&W. (tv licence excluded as it's a con). Now fools will pay extra for the same dross just because it's Hi-Def. Wake up it's the new broadcast standard and after the milking is done, everything will be 'Hi-Def. It's good to see one mug in the uk is willing to be fleeced. I raise a glass to you.
C'mon, guys, two and a half quid for a 40 minute TV show? We might be dumb, but we're not fucking stupid.
However, the Warner move removes one plank in a common freetard defence..."I am only doing this because it is not available and I must see this now".
But keeps intact the other defence of "how about letting us have it for a reasonable price?" as they want 35 quid for a poxy season pass. Cheeky pricks.
£2.49 an epsiode ... £35 for a "season pass"?
LOL, like WTF!?!
These shows are going to be aired in the UK and they're expecting viewers to pay these prices, eespecially when they'll be shown on free-to-air channels in a couple of months? The DVD box set of these shows wouldn't cost this much!
50p per episode a tenner for the series (as long as I could keep the shows) would still be too expensive but at least I would consider this price range. The prices they want to charge are laughable.
Could be a very sneaky move.
I would *like* to believe that someone inside WB has started them down the very *long* road to making their content available at a reasonable price in full quality (which this seems to be) across all PC's.
However this could be the other strategy.
"Well we *tried* to sell it online but people are simply *addicted* to stealing from us. We have no choice but to use heavyweight DRM, time limits etc."
If they are serious 2 things should happen.
Their product range should widen and their prices should come down. Come on WB you should have a pretty good handle on the cost of BW and storage Apple charge you (I'd guess it's in the bill they send you).
Issuing cult series (as in minority interest whose mfg costs you might not break even on) would be a *very* good gesture and put some immediate revenue in your accounts, which you *claim* are so decimated by piracy.
*Cautious* thumbs up.