Sync TV Offers Pay-Per-Channel Subscriptions
In its testing phase right now, SyncTV is pioneering some new ground with pay-for-what-you-want television and media programming. Initially, the service will be computer-based only, allowing users to download their favorite show or whole seasons of television programs by subscribing to their favorite channels for $2-$4 a pop per month.
The service works with to any Windows-, Linux-, or Mac-based computer and is said to deliver DVD-like quality and 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound. This is some scary ground for the established cable companies that have been toying with versions of this (On Demand, etc.), but not within the same framework of an approach, i.e. customers just paying for the channels they want to watch.
SyncTV plans to rollout portable media player devices that can play its content (which utilizes the open-standard Marlin digital rights management technology), as well asallow for playback on televisions in the future. The platform that SyncTV is based on is also an open platform that will allow independent software developers to create, in essence, widgets for your TV.
It's an intruiguing proposition that you can actually check out. If you're interested in joining the beta testing program, you can sign up at synctv.com