By BRIAN X. CHEN, nytimes.com
AirPlay, a software tool included with Apple’s iPads and iPhones, is widely viewed as being potentially disruptive to the cable industry, because it makes it easy for people to view a broad variety of Internet content on a televisio…
Wondering for how long cable companies and TV channels will be managed by people who barely have an idea of new technologies and consumers’ trends.
For instance, HBO’s Game of Thrones is apparently one of the most pirated TV Series during this year. The funny thing is HBO has not made it available online in places like iTunes. So, how do these people can even complain about it? Not everyone is willing to pay more than 50$ per month only to see one show.
If Time Warner’s CEO does know what AirPlay is, I will not be impressed if they do not know why being in every device available is also important. The fact HBO GO app/service requires a cable subscription in order to let people use it; it is also very telling.
In my opinion, if you are a tv series fan and don’t want to illegally download shows, not having cable won’t be an option. Maybe this is what these people are trying to accomplish.
I used to think following different tv series legally and without cable is feasible. The true is following more than five series will be as expensive as having cable if you also add a couple of new movies every weekend. However, most people do not think like me, and they will download every show for free on BitTorrent.
I do not blame them. Actually, somebody like Apple should screw up these guys. Sadly, Apple by it self won’t be able to do it.