Since when is $60 (for a PCIE TV tuner card) big bucks? You pay once, you're done. Online cable shows may be worth a small access fee though (especially if it allows me to drop the execrable cable service...
Online access to video content is apples-to-oranges compared to a TV tuner card. If anything they compliment one and other. Anything less than the price/month of an additional HD set top box and I'm in. Of course it would have to offer something better than a SlingBox (commercial free, higher quality?).
Time Warner's new plans start at $19.95 a month, and comes with 500 minutes of viewing time. Additional plans increase the viewing time, leading all the way up to unlimited viewing for just $179 a month. When asked about the pricing scheme, Time Warner's head of consumer affairs said "50% of all TV delivered is watched by only a small minority of our customers. We don't feel its fair for somone who only wants to watch American Idol twice a week to pay for the TV viewing of the select few who choose to watch all 23 airings of Sports Center each day on ESPN".
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While I don't think tuner cards are expensive I do prefer the accessibility offered by sites like hulu. The show is just there, I don't have to record or store it. What I would like to see is a hulu-like service where shows do not expire and where the shows appear on the site at the moment they begin airing over traditional networks. I'd also like to see more networks contributing shows. I would happily pay for the service I described, say $10 - $15 per month. Seems reasonable to me especially if there were no commercials.
Sorry Time Warner. I canceled my internet and television service months ago when you talked about bandwidth caps and you won't ever have my business again. Not only that but I make sure if anyone EVER asks me about which cable/internet service provider they should get the only reason I mention TWC is to make sure they DON'T sign up for your service.
US really needs get at Europe's level in this department. Every ISP now has a home tv , mobile tv and online tv service. We've had online tv (official) since 2000, mobile tv since 3g have been made.
Stand up for what should be yours. That's even aggravated by those internet plans prices and inet+iptv+mobile combo prices.
maybe i'd go for it... if it wasnt Time Warner offering the service. Had them and was completely unsatisfied with their inconsistencies in service (channel's appeared and disappeared), and the per month bill for the bundle (internet, phone, TV) sky-rocketed in just a few months.