Monday, January 9, 2012

I want TV to be like an RSS Reader

I'm tired of paying my cable bill to have at my disposal tons of shows that I don't want to watch.  At my home we have officially dropped cable.  We set up an  indoor antenna so now all we get is over the air local broadcasting.  Now I only have about six channels that provide shows I don't want to watch.  Not true really.  Most of our TV viewing was done through local over the air stations anyway, the "big" networks.  We purchased a Roku Box, applied our Amazon Prime Account, Netflix Account and Signed up for Hulu Plus.  Each of these services cost approximately $8 to $10 per month (the Roku Box is a one time fee, no subscription) so our monthly bill is about $30 per month (U.S. Dollars) and not $100+.  That savings adds up.  What ever I want to watch, I go and get.  That's great and all, but it's still not perfect.  Not all of the content that I want to watch is available this way.  I don't mind having to wait an extra week or two for the networks to release new content after they broadcast it via the typical over the air way.  But I do want access to the entire season.  I don't even mind waiting until the season is over for access.

But what I really want is for TV to be like my RSS Reader.  I sign up to the feeds that I want to watch.  When I have the time, I watch the episodes until there are no ore to watch.  TV is near to this model only there is no que of past episodes.  I want the que.  I want to watch TV on my own time, whenever that might be.  Is that too much to ask?

So give me my content when I want it.  Just like my RSS feed.  That's all.

I can't take credit for this idea though.  Mrs. CAD-a-Blog had the idea.  She's the one that mentioned to me that she wanted one device that could find the show she wanted to watch and load it up on the screen, regardless of which service or network it aired on.  We want (need) RSS for TV.

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