I'm sure this trend will continue...gonna suck for a lot of folks unless you have a lot of patience to wait over a week to watch a show you like but missed.
Well after reading the whole article I guess I can answer my own question They are now getting paid by the cable companies in much the same way that cable-only channels do, so they have the same incentive to discourage "cord cutters".Because if you watch the show at fox.com they get to keep all the commercial dollars vs. having to share it with Hulu? I honestly don't know because I have no idea how the revenue is split between the networks and Hulu.
Did I miss something in the Times article? The way I read it, both Fox.com and Hulu (but not, you will note, Hulu Plus) would be subject to the "eight-day waiting period."I think this is a ploy to get you to go to the network's website instead of Hulu to watch.
Actually it is a ploy by the networks to get higher rights fees from the cable and satellite companies. The cable and satellite companies will pay higher rights fees for these benefits because they are seriously worried about people disconnecting from cable and satellite completely and getting all their programming online.I think this is a ploy to get you to go to the network's website instead of Hulu to watch.
This is what I've never understood about the 8 day lockout. It keeps you from getting caught up and back watching on the regular schedule!...OTOH, it still makes less sense for the networks than for a pure cable channel. Since OTA viewers can still watch network shows on TV, they may still want to use Hulu for its original purpose, namely to catch up on occasional missed episodes. If Fox locks that out for 8 days, then those viewers have to choose between a number of unpleasant options:
1) watch the next episode out of order, then catch up on the missed show later
2) stop watching broadcast and always watch online
3) resort to illegal means to see the missed episode sooner
Each of those options hurts the network in some way. The first weakens show loyalty, and the other two directly lower ad revenue.
The choice for cable channels is much clearer, since the corder-cutters are never going to watch their shows on TV anyway.
?? Only if you don't ever have time to watch two episodes in a week?This is what I've never understood about the 8 day lockout. It keeps you from getting caught up and back watching on the regular schedule!
For us tech-savvy TiVo owners, sure. But for most people, no cable service == no DVR. So they're SOL unless they want to resort to one of the options I mentioned.?? Only if you don't ever have time to watch two episodes in a week?
1. Record next week's episode on your Tivo.
2. Wait another day, watch missed week's episode via internet streaming.
3. Watch current week's episode a day late. Voila, you are now caught up.
The lockout is annoying, but it's hardly a disaster. I've encountered this several times when programming hasn't recorded for one reason or another (power outage, cable outage, preemption by sporting event). Problem only for reality shows where it might be difficult to avoid spoilers.