Would you pay a premium to watch shows early?
There's an interesting little blurb over at Digital Spy about NBC's TV Box. The network is currently working out distribution deals in up to ten European and Asian countries, building their global video-on-demand service. They don't detail exactly which shows will be a part of the package, other than a mention of both current and past series being involved.
That's all fine and dandy, but the interesting bit comes from something NBC's Belinda Menendez says. Apparently, the big shows, like Heroes, may be available before they are broadcast for an extra price. And that leads us to the question in the post title.
For the sake of argument, let's assume this all works out for the peacock bunch in Europe and Asia and they make it a global policy. Would the prospect of getting Thursday's episode of The Office on Monday be enough to let those sticky Donaghy fingers into your wallet?
I have to say, I kind of like the idea. It's not something that I would use a lot, but the option would certainly be nice. On those days when you fire up the programming guide and realize that you've either seen it all, or have no interest in seeing any of it, it would be great to jump ahead in the week. Of course, much of that usefulness is dependent on pricing.
|I have no patience. Absolutely.||21 (8.1%)|
|A premium, yes, but it all hangs on the price.||72 (27.7%)|
|Possibly on the rare occasion.||69 (26.5%)|
|I have the patience of Job. Nope.||98 (37.7%)|