I often get asked what I think would be the dream cord cutting streaming service. This is something I have given a lot of thought to, and I think I have a service that will please most people. That is a big question so I am going to limit it to what is the best on-demand service such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon…
One of the main issues people have with services like Netflix is it has content they don’t want and is missing something they do want. I think there is a solution here and it seems so simple that a streaming service is almost bound to try it.
Here is my ultimate cord cutting streaming service:
We all want to watch what we want and don’t want to pay for movies and TV shows we don’t want to support. So what if services like Amazon and iTunes sold credits that could be used to rent movies and TV shows?
Let’s say Amazon, for example, would sell 50 credits for a single flat rate. These 50 credits could be used to rent a full TV season or a movie. TV seasons could cost 1 or 2 credits depending on how long the season is. (I could also see the first episode of a new show being free to help you decide if you want to pay for it.) You get to pick what you want and don’t have to pay to support movies and TV shows you don’t want.
I could easily see different packages being offered. For example, if you are single and live alone 50 credits may be too many so you could pick a smaller package. If you are a large family maybe you buy a package with 100 credits.
These credits would be less expensive than renting or buying the show or movie from iTunes and Amazon, but they would only be good for a month. If you don’t use them they will expire. This will allow services like iTunes and Amazon to still pay content creators and help you save money.
The downside to a service like this is that smaller content creators would likely push back being worried that no one will watch their content. Yet if they make good content people will watch it and they will get paid. If you make poor quality content people won’t watch it and you won’t get paid.
This could be a great system for content creators who make great content to earn more than they would with the current model.
I could easily see a service like this costing $20, $30, or $50 a month depending on what package you want. While that may seem higher than Netflix, you now have access to all the movies and TV shows you want. This model is more of an Apple Music or Amazon Music–type service instead of a Netflix-type service.
What do you think?
Would you pay for a system like this? Is this something you would be open to? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.
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