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Reader sets his price for ESPN
March 29, 2014 - Chris Pugh
A week ago, I wrote about how WatchESPN, an app offered by ESPN, would be much better if you can subscribe to the app and watch live ESPN programming on there without having to order a cable subscription.
One of our readers, Brad Hoover, from Anderson, S.C. says he's in - for the right price.
"I would definitely be willing to pay for watching ESPN via my Roku - as long as the price is reasonable," he said. "I cancelled my DirecTV account because it was just getting too expensive for what I got in the preconfigured package (I paid $99 per month with 57 shopping channels.). If ESPN wanted to charge up to $20 per month, I'm willing to pay that but $40 or more, I'll pass."
Hoover said he subscribes to the Hulu Plus, Netflix and Glenn Beck Television apps. "That covers all of the bases - TV shows, movies and politics," he said. "We also use a channel to surf YouTube, but it does not work as well as I would hope. I'm always looking for other avenues to view the content that we want, not what someone at DirecTV or the cable company thinks we should have."
NEWSPAPER ADS > FACEBOOK ADS - More proof that Facebook advertising is not the good deal some may think it is. Recent studies have shown that only 6 percent of people who like pages on Facebook actually see the posts unless you advertise.
It seems to me that the reach of a local newspaper and website are much broader than depending on the people who like your Facebook page.
ROBOTIC REPORTERS - As a newspaper guy, it's hard to imagine a world without human reporters. But the concept of robots in the newsroom may not be as far-fetched.
The Los Angeles Times was able to post a story about a earthquake last week only three minutes after it happened due to a program in conjunction with the USGS Earthquake Notification Service that automatically generates an article after an earthquake happens.
"It's supplemental," said journalist and programmer Ken Schwencke, who designed the service. "It saves people a lot of time, and for certain types of stories, it gets the information out there in usually about as good a way as anybody else would. The way I see it is, it doesn't eliminate anybody's job as much as it makes everybody's job more interesting."
Would you pay for online access to ESPN? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll publish your responses in a future column.
You can also connect with him personally at twitter.com/chrispugh3
Members of the Coastal Carolina men's basketball team pose for a "selfie" with ESPN announcers Roy Philpot, left, and Paul Biancardi after an NCAA college basketball game against Winthrop in Conway, S.C.