First of all I’m going to go quickly through all the current solution:
Well everybody know that you pay $100 for maybe 5 channels that you would like to watch and they package it with lots of garbage that you would never watch.
Yes you can still plug an antenna in recent TVs and get a digital signal. I leave in Hollywood and I have only 2 working channel. I don’t how how to explain that but it’s pretty bad.
I use it when I don’t know watch to watch but I’m in the mood to watch something. I just turn it on, browse until I find something. Sometimes if I know watch I want, I’ll check to see if it’s available but most of the time it’s not available at least not in streaming mode.
This one is a pretty good joke. You can either watch TV show for free with lots of advertising, right after they are broadcast on TV or you can pay a monthly fee and watch the same TV show with the same amount of advertising, only difference this time you can use your TV instead of your computer screen.
If you don’t care about quality, this is still a pretty good way to watch a movie. You need a DVD player which you can get for really cheap nowadays.
You need an updated Bluray player, which is pretty hard to get if you didn’t buy a PS3 (PS: Just buy a PS3). I had a player for 3 days until I couldn’t update it to watch a new movie, so I returned it. Also I could use my computer which has an HDMI output with a Full HD cable (whatever that means…) and my Full HD TV. In theory it should work, in practice it’s a nightmare. I end up buying a software that remove protection on the Bluray so I can actually watch it on my TV.
The best choice according to me but I won’t pay $12 for any kind of movie, also you always end-up spending over $25.
Fairly cheap TV show and movies but stuck with DRM and Apple codec, which mean if I buy a media on iTunes, I can’t watch it on my TV except if I have a Apple TV or I’m willing to plug my computer to my TV.
Same thing that iTunes, you need a device that can connect to it.
UV is supposed to be the answer to the crisis, I think the idea is pretty good. It’s really close to what I’m thinking about. First of all it’s limited to newly acquired media and there is not a lot of device than can work with it (Actually just the Flixter app).
The Antichrist of Hollywood. There was a survey not so long ago saying that every body under 25 most likely downloaded at least one illegal movie, mp3 or TV show.
But let’s be honest, this is the most convenient way to consume media. It’s on demand, fairly cheap (Still have to pay for Internet), large directory. I’m not saying you should download, I’m just saying it exist and it’s pretty hard to ignore it as a “solution”. Personally I hate streaming, it don’t even know how people consider that as viable solution.
The problem is that all legal solutions are really inconvenient. We are supposed to be in the digital age, everything is supposed to be connected but for some reason Hollywood doesn’t want to grow up. Today under my TV there is only one box, it’s a Western Digital player which has access to Hulu, Netflix, my local network and even Youtube.
This box however doesn’t read DVD or Bluray, so all my collection of DVDs/Bluray is pretty useless and right now I have to rip/encode those DVDs one by one so I can watch them on my TV, but this is still illegal. Indeed in US and most developed countries, it is illegal to bypass a security system such as the one installed on DVDs and Bluray. The thing I don’t understand is at the beginning of the age of Digital Music, it wasn’t illegal to rip a CD, actually even software like iTunes were doing it. Why does it need to be different with videos? You can even rip of your olds records but it’s illegal to do so with a DVD.
I dream of a day where I can just type/scan the bar-code of my DVD collection and make them available for download or streaming to any device that I have. I literally want iCloud for videos! iCloud is a new service from Apple that allow you to sync your local music library to Apple cloud storage. You can then access all your music from Apple device (*only inconvenient). Amazon and Google have a similar product.
In the same time Hollywood need a new way to survey its viewers. There should be a website where I can go and officially vote for a TV Show or why not use some donation system like flattr.com or use the good old text messaging system to vote. Anything would be better than just surveying 300people per city.