Just like grocery store offer free samples of new products to try before you buy, HBO will offer free episodes of their new shows, Girls and Veep. From April 14 to May 16, non-HBO subscribers can view the first episode of Girls. If they like it they can subscribe to HBO to continue enjoying the series. Veep, which stars Julia Louise-Dreyfus, will be available on YouTube from April 23 through May 21. Although this is a new venture for HBO, many other companies have already put episodes online with great success.
Disney has been offering some of its popular shows online for about a month now. Also, Paramount has a deal in place that will soon allow it to offer online rentals of close to 500 feature-length films. Now, people will have to make the tough choice of watching cute baby and pet videos or tuning into movies and television episodes.
With many people unemployed or not seeing a pay raise for a few years, watching television episodes on-line may be a way to cut down on expensive cable bills. Google may have realized that early on; they have spent millions of dollars to create channels that are available online, anywhere and anytime. Cable companies continue to entice many customers by offering free DVR receivers. However, some people are preferring options like YouTube and Netflix, which allow you to find episodes you missed; no pre-programming required. Now the question that many people are asking is, “Will the Internet kill cable?” The answer is yet to be decided. Many cable providers have complicated contracts with networks and for now, some of the best television episodes are only available to those people willing to pay for cable service.
Do you think the Internet will kill cable? Which online provider do you prefer to watch television episodes?