I wrote very briefly about my plans to do this last week…to interesting responses. So I decided to go into why I think this is a good idea in a little more detail.
Before I start…I want to say a little something about ï£¿tv. This device is not for hackers, techies, and super-geeks…it’s for iPod owners, and average computer users so they easily play content purchased or imported into iTunes on their TV with no hassle. That’s all it’s for, and that’s all that it does. It’s not going to be easy to play your bittorrent downloads on it, and it’s not going to play every format under the sun.
If you’re not into what the ï£¿tv does, then this article isn’t going to win you over. I have set down and crunched the numbers, and the ï£¿tv is going to be a good purchase for me. I pay for my cable, and I buy DVD box sets of my favorite shows whenever I can. It gets expensive, and what Apple is offering me with ï£¿tv is a new choice that, for me and some others, will be a better option than “renting” my television through cable TV service.
- 1) Buying Your TV – By dumping cable, and switching to ï£¿tv, you’re essentially going from renting to owning your television. Think about it, right now you subscribe to cable. You get to watch your shows when they come on, and if you have a DVR you can keep them for a little while, but the average user can’t keep everything because of a lack of hard drive space. Eventually things must be deleted. So, at the end of every month what do you have for your $50 to $100 cable bill?Nothing…that’s what.
But if you dump cable and spend that money buying your television shows on iTunes, then you will be able to keep everything that you watch. External hard drives are cheap and getting cheaper by the day (I bought a 320 gig External hard drive for $129 at Best Buy last weekend). You can keep your library backed-up on an external drive, and have it forever. No more renting.
- 2) Take it anywhere – Another advantage of buying from iTunes and watching on your Television is that your show will also work on your computer (any computer in your house) AND your iPod. So for one purchase, which is cheaper than the DVD box set, you can now watch your shows on the go on your iPod, on your computer, AND on your television.If you purchase an iPod video out accessory then you can even take the shows with you and play them at other people’s houses.
- 3) No more DVDs – I don’t know about you, but my DVD collection is getting out of control. I have so many movies and tv shows that I don’t know what to do with them. I’ve got them in the entertainment center, in the bedroom, in the closet – friggin’ EVERYWHERE. I don’t want to spend any money on a display case for them, and I don’t want to have the damn things laying around taking up space…I just want to be able to watch what I want when I want.I’m speaking more about Television DVD box sets here than movies, because the iTunes movie selection is still pretty limited…but I’ll be happy to be rid of the space consuming boxes.
- 4) No More double buying – If you’re paying your cable bill, and you’re buying your favorite shows on DVD, then you’re double buying. You’re dropping $35 – $60 bucks on your favorite shows so you can keep them, when you should be able to keep them from the start…and let’s not even get into the fact that you can’t rip those DVDs and put them on your iPod without breaking the law and taking waayyy too much time out of your life.
- 5) Watch when you want – Just like with a DVR, you can watch your television programming whenever the hell you want…as it should be.
Now, I’m not stupid. I know that this won’t work for everyone.
If you’re a big sports fan and you can’t get your games on over-the-air HD, then this is not a good idea for you.
If you already own an Xbox 360, then there’s probably no reason to buy an ï£¿tv.
If most of the television that you watch isn’t on iTunes…this is not a good choice for you.
For me, I don’t care about sports, I don’t have (or want) an Xbox 360, and almost everything I watch regularly is already on iTunes…so this is going to work for me…and I can’t wait to try it.