How Nickelodeon’s new iPad app tries to tie families to cable TV

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  • Maudine SLC, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 1:24 p.m.

    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?

  • Mukkake Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 11:49 a.m.

    [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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 11:05 a.m.

    A little parenting is all it takes to keep the sky from falling.