But people don’t love the linear TV experience where channels present programs at particular times on non-portable screens with complicated remote controls. Consumers click through a grid to choose something to watch. DVRs and VOD add an on-demand layer at the cost of storage and increased complexity. Finding good things to watch isn’t easy or enjoyable. While hugely popular, the linear TV channel model is ripe for replacement.
Indeed. To paraphrase Bruce Springsteen, there’s 1057 channels and nothing on. We’ve been TiVo users for years and though we do occasionally sit down to watch live tv we certainly don’t depend on it. We watch what we want when we want. But we still do pay for cable, even though we have Netflix and AppleTV. Unfortunately, Canadian cable provides do not support CableCard, so it may be impossible to use TiVo soon.
But that’s just a generational thing. My kids don’t have cable. They watch tv via the internet and Netflix in a completely non-linear fashion.
The Netflix idea of burst mode viewing of an entire season of a show like House of Cards isn’t new to us either. When there just wasn’t anything on we would peruse Netflix for a series that looked good that we hadn’t seen yet, and then watched the whole season or two in a few sittings. For example, we found Running Wilde (with Will Arnett or Arrested Development) that way. If you like Arrested Development you’ll love it. And yes, we’re waiting anxiously for the next season of that.
There are a couple of shows I watch on broadcast tv – The Big Bang Theory and Glee – but there isn’t that much more that really catches my attention. But there are so many commercial-free alternatives, not that commercials bother me all that terribly. But watching what I want when I want is something I enjoy.
Unfortunately, most Canadians will be far behind the revolution given the typical hard bandwidth cap of 60 GB per month, or approximately 2 hours of standard definition broadcast per day, compared with the typical American soft bandwidth cap of 250 GB.
Sadly, that means the average Canadian won’t even be able to watch one three hour hockey game per night in a typical month. If you put it to them that way, maybe Canadians would actually understand how poor their internet service really is.
That’s ok. You can still watch the game on tv whenever Rogers and Bell let you.