I enjoy debate - I despise people who wear blinkers and refuse to listen to an alternate viewpoint.
Case in point - a comment today regarding HBO and BBC commented that at the same time HBO were showing Game of Thrones, BBC1 was showing Silent Witness...and the point was made that HBO don't take legal action agaist those who watch without paying a license fee.
Sadly, as HBO is a subscription based service on US cable, and thusly you DO have to pay a fee to watch them, the arguement falls at the first hurdle. In addition, HBO have successfully sued for lost revenue against those caught illegally recieving their channels, and appeals have failed (go Google it, you will find quite a lot of examples).
After pointing this out, I returned a bit later on to see my post had been removed! Nothing like simply wiping out a fact you don't like - after all, that's how the greatest dictators have managed to control their peopl, isn't it? What worked for Kim Jong Il can work in everyday life it seems.
Except, as many have found, all that results is I get a tad pissed off that people can be so rude, ignorant, and worried about being wrong that I then blog a reply....which wont be deleted.
So, there you have the basics....now for some facts....
Subscribers (according to HBO) = 41 million
Channels - 4 (On Demand, HD, Family, Latino)
Average cost (depending on service plan) = $15 per month (also requires a cable
subscription, average $45, but we will ignore that extra cost for the purpose of this
Total revenue on basic subscription = $615million per month
Per channel = $153 million per month (£94.8 million)
Population of UK = 62.2 million
Households in UK (fee paid per household) = 26.3million in 2011 reports
Channels = 10 TV (1,2,3,4,CBBC,Cbeebies,News,Parliament,HD, iplayer on demand), 16
Cost per month = £12.13 per month
Total revenue on basic fee = £319 millionPer channel (only including TV - lets pretend it costs naught to make radio) = £31.9million
Now, these figures do not take into account the advertiser revenue, sponsorships,
reselling of properties, or even any of the BBC radio service (which don't cost
nothign to make and maintain, despite me ignoring them as part of the demonstration).
Already we see HBO (per channel) has 3 times as much revenue as BBC. Kind of explains
why they make such quality shows.
A better comparison would be to look at one of the non subscriber shows, such as NBC
or CBS, and see what they offer to the non-premium channels.....
Sunday 9PM....NBC = Celebrity Apprentice, CBS = The Good Wife, ABC = Desperate
Housewives....in fact only Fox are preferable with their Family Guy/Cleveland show
offerings (on the weeks it is actually on).
In addition, I expect you either await the screening on Atlantic for GoT, or bought
the DVD/Blueray set? If the answer is, "No!" then you don't even contribute to the
show makers pockets, so should not be trying to justify anything.
Here endeth the rant!