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  1. Sam
    Jan 10 - 1:31 pm

    where are you gonna store ALL that content? If you add the cost of storage and databsing of the content, you will be well over the $60/month ;-)

  2. Jeff
    Jan 10 - 1:37 pm

    First off, I think the AppleTV is pretty slick. Secondly, I agree with Sam, where are you going to be storing all these shows? Eventually, you’re going to need a lot of hard drive space to contain your growing collection. And, how often are you going to watch some of the episodes too, I know I’ve toyed with that thought and still haven’t bought TV shows thru the iTunes Music Store.

  3. Michael
    Jan 10 - 1:54 pm

    Sam and Jeff

    You make a good point, but when you factor in the fact that I would buy this stuff on DVD too, it balances out…heck it might be cheaper. I bought a 320 GB hard drive this weekend for $129 bucks.

  4. Mike
    Jan 10 - 3:02 pm

    Doesn’t ITV require broadband? I use a cable modem and VoIP. If I dump cable I would have to get a DSL line that is slower than cable. I don’t see the logic of completly dumping cable. Hmmm…. what to do?

  5. Michael
    Jan 10 - 3:33 pm

    Mike –

    Oh, I’d still keep my broadband internet with my cable provider. I’m just talking about dumping the cable television.

  6. Drew
    Jan 10 - 4:08 pm

    First, don’t forget to factor in the $300 you’re going to have to drop on the AppleTV itself. It might take you some time to make that chunk of change back up.

    Conversely, don’t forget that a lot of networks are streaming their shows online…which could end up saving you some $ on the shows you don’t want to spend $25 on to purchase the whole season.

    This, along with Xbox Live’s TV and Movie section is really revolutionizing the media industry…very exciting.

  7. Porchland
    Jan 10 - 4:10 pm

    You’ve forgot the $299 for the Apple TV box. Amortized over two years, that going to cost you an additional $12 — or about six TV episodes — a month.

    Apple can do this math, though, and they know they will be a legitimate threat to cable and satellite when the times comes.

    I expect Apple to:

    * Continue adding current and catalog TV titles.

    * Get agreements for streaming, real-time broadcasts with the major sports leagues, award shows, news channels and other vendors of live entertainment and news.

    * Come up with a subscription plan that’s not complicated and is priced to compete with cable and satellite.

    * Continue to add movie studios and add PPV pricing for movies.

    Apple TV — as it exists right now — is a technological foot in the door, but I think Apple is several steps away from convincing me to drop Comcast, but I think they’re going to get there within the next 18 months.

    The real question is whether Apple can do anything BETTER than cable and satellite. The availability of catalog TV titles would be huge, but I can’t come up with a cable-killer feature other than the fact that Apple UI and ease of use will put Comcast et al to shame.

  8. Michael
    Jan 10 - 5:12 pm

    Drew and Porchland -

    You’re right, the $300 should be a factor. I didn’t think about it, because I would be purchasing one anyway…cable or no cable…I want my TechTV back dammit!!!

    Drew –

    you’re right, for shows that I’m iffy about, I can either watch them over broadcast tv, or watch them online.

    Porchland -

    I agree, this is just the tip of the iceberg, but I’m ready to jump in with both feet.

  9. Brian
    Jan 10 - 5:22 pm

    You could drop comcast cable and get FIOS. A little more expensive, but worth it. :)

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  11. Mark
    Feb 14 - 1:38 pm

    The Daily Show and The Colbert Report alone would put you over the total. 20 new episodes of each show per month gives you very little wiggle room to work with.

    Just wait until the iTunes TV shows are free to download with advertising.

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  13. Brad
    Feb 26 - 11:53 pm

    You left out the biggest problem with Comcast.
    They are crooks, billing always wrong, sales people who sell the moon, delivery nothing.
    Comcast has ZERO Customer Service.
    Comcast Time Wasted every month calling the Crooks costs hours of time and frustration cost years of your life.

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