Should we be made to pay to watch television on the internet?
With the demand for television to be available on the internet at any time for the viewing of missed programmes has become a useful and beneficial networking device. Terrestrial channels being able to stream past programmes for free makes access to television easy and unrestricted. Should we be made to pay for these extra services?
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To give value to programming
By allowing anyone to access television programmes for free on the internet it decreases the value of the programme itself. Channel 4 for example provides past series' that it calls 'classics' yet all of them are available on dvd. This surely deminishes the value of the programme and places it on a less stable foundation for financial gain.
'Murdoch himself has said he wants to bring in paywalls to fix the media's "malfunctioning" business model' [[guardian online <http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/oct/23/television-television>%5D%5D This also could bring the balance back to the ITV network and give it recognition for past and present productions. It is a way to rebuild the status of terrestrial television in particular. We have to pay for a TV licence, for a digital receiver, for sky and satellite channels why shouldn't we have to pay to watch television online?
It undermines ratings and immediacy
Having programmes repeated on the internet means that the audience have no immediate interaction. This is particularly effective with live programming and it devalues the programme as a piece of live art. The ratings of channels and rivalries are also compromised as channels can not trully compete against each other when the programme that may be in demand is available after broadcasting.
The delayed watching of the programme can make it irrelevant to the situation and the immediacy of the programme is lost. Even with programmes that are part of a series this is true as it is the suspense in waiting for the next episode to come out that makes the series worth watching. When this is not so and the programme is available on demand it makes it less intense. Therefore if we were required to pay for watching television online, most people would take the stance not to pay and would rather watch a programme at the time of broadcasting or recording the programme.
Major Advertising Loss
For television networks their advertising brings in the money and with the use of television being available for free online there is more space for advertising. If there was a charge involved in watching these television programmes online then surely there would be no need for advertising. And if there was the use of advertising on these sites as part of the programming this would only cause a decline in the use of online television broadcasting therefore being part of a vicious circle.
Acknowledges change in audience needs
Television programming online acknowledges the demand for universal programming. That television can be obtained and watched at any time of the day. With having a thirty day limit on programmes means that the limited availability of programmes keeps them in demand and still gives value to the programme.
Television networks have acknowledged the audience needs of 'anytime viewing' and the demand for portable media. With television now being available for download to portable devices the nature of television broadcasting is constantly changing.
This change just establishes the importance of availability within the television and the changing demands in audience needs. Requesting us to pay for this service merely goes back a step in technological and entertainment advances. People will still record the programes and put them on youtube to get around this process however the convenience of television online makes programmes accessible and meets audience demands at present.
Why do we have to?
Television programming have a great to all people in the society. It doesn't just entertains but it also informs everyone. And it's good to know that it could now have been accessed or viewed via internet.
And the problem is with pay?
We should take on consideration first that people belong to different levels of living. And that money is not just very much simple to be earned. Well, practically speaking, money somehow is a problem. In this world of modernization, people are very eager to know the happenings and that they also want to be updated on what are new in their society. And with easier access to the internet, they can have it. But will gonna happen then if they still have to pay?
So i may say that these networks should as well learn the essence of true service if they are very much willing their programs to be viewed by everybody.
In the first place, money somehow for them is not a problem.
Combatting illegal downloads
Having programmes provided online negates the need to illegally download missed or past programmes from torrent websites, or watch them streaming on other websites. This both combats the criminalisation of people who would not ordinarily download and encourages more people to visit the channel's website, increasing their advertising potential and therefore their income.
Making people pay would only exclusivise television programming further
Everyone does not have the internet, and free internet access (such as in libraries) often does not allow users to go on internet tv websites, so there are already a group of people who cannot use this service regularly. It is not universal; and asking people to pay only cuts out more people who do not have disposable income.
Forcing should not be required
"Making" people pay is extreme. This really should be up to the people who make the show. For instance, South Park puts their episodes up on their official website. Theres a time frame which allows you to watch new episodes and then you have to wait X ammount of weeks before viewing it, which is part of some law or agreement that the creators have, but they till post their shows up on their own official website. this means they are providing their own show. If they didn't like it, why would they submit to it. Furthermore, why should they be forced to makke the fans pay? If they wanted to, they would, but they dont.
Besides, there are already sites that require that (Within a premium membership of course)
What do you think?