There’s a rumor floating around that Apple might lower the price of TV shows to $1, which is a 50% discount over their current pricing structure for standard def shows. The news comes on the heels of the recently announced iPad, which could possibly facilitate an influx of TV and movie purchases from the iTunes store.
But why the rumor? Well, for one, many TV shows are now available for free online. Most if not all of these won’t play on the iPad, so this could be seen as a significant hurdle for many to invest in the device. Lowering the price of the shows lowers the hurdle. Also, there are numerous outlets that provide more media for less of a cost, such as Netflix. For just $8.99/month you can score yourself a DVD to your home and unlimited streaming of more than 15,000 TV shows and movies, which mind you won’t be compatible with the iPad.
So is a $1 TV show enough to get me to buy an iPad? Hells no. But give me an ‘all you can eat monthly subcription’ and Apple might have one more person signed up. Fortunately, another rumor emerged this week that Hulu is working on an iPad (hopefully this also means iPhone) compatible version of their website. One can only hope this is the case, but then again this is a rumor, and it’s just about fact that Hulu will start charging for content as soon as this year.