Kevin Rose’s blog post about the latest Apple TV rumours had me asking if I’d buy it for $99. I’m sure the iOS platform, apps, sharing, etc., are interesting, but would it really make sense to add that to my home entertainment mix. I guess, for $99 you might as well give it a go just for shits and giggles.
Then I read on NewTeeVee this morning that Apple maybe in talks with the networks to offer show rentals for 99 cents and things started to get a lot more interesting.
I started wondering how much network TV programming I actually watch. I realized a while back that most of the programming I’m drawn to is on cable these days: No Reservations, Mad Men, Bizarre Foods, CNN, Entourage, True Blood, Californication, sports, etc. The only real network programming I watch consistently is probably the Big Bang Theory. So, maybe the occasional Letterman?
Well, let’s look at some simple math (it has to be simple because I was a Liberal Arts major).
My current cable bill from RCN.
Now, what if killed my cable subscription and got Apple TV, kept my Netflix (2 discs at a time, including Blu Ray), broadband and assumed I’d rent 30 shows per month (that’s being very generous because I don’t think I watch that many)?
That’s a saving of about $570 a year (which can go to pay-per-view…just kidding, well, maybe not kidding, nevermind, different post).
The only hesitation to killing cable programming completely might be sports in HD and CNN. I’m sure I could find an online solution pretty soon though.
Of course all of this is moot until Apple makes a move. Oh BTW, did you hear that Apple announced a special event on September 1st?