So a cable TV station has an app that allows cable TV subscribers to watch TV on
electronic devices other than the TV - and a very poorly written headline (and
possibly the accompanying article, which is also poorly written and never
actually addresses the points raised in the headline - which is not unusual for
this paper. Do the people who write the headlines even read the articles?) tries
to convince us this is a bad thing instead of just a "duh" thing. As a technology story - cable TV becoming available on electronic
devices other than TV's - it might have merit and interest. But to bemoan the fact that you still have to have a subscription to a
subscription service in order to access the subscription service, is rather
ridiculous. Of course you must have a subscription to access a subscription
service. Why would the method of access change that?
[Nickelodeon designed its first app as a noisy, colorful smorgasbord of animated
clips, irreverent music videos and the occasional deluge of the network’s
trademark green slime.]This is exactly what they did for their
"Nickelodeon Online" channel/application on AOL nearly 15 years ago. It
was a "zany smorgasbord" of stuff.And as for tying consumers
to cable subscriptions, that's what HBO has been doing for a couple years
now with HBO Go.
A little parenting is all it takes to keep the sky from falling.