“Would You Like Fries With That . . . Program?”

So, who just got the $1.99 I paid last night to watch a Season 3 episode of “Breaking Bad,” the terrific (dare I say addictive?) AMC series about a chemistry teacher-turned-meth dealer:

A.  Netflix

B.   Amazon.com

C.  Blockbuster Video

D.  DISH (pay-per-view)

Answer:  B

Once upon a time, TV’s business model was advertising-supported.

Then, with the advent of cable, it became subscription-based.

Now, programming would appear to be sold — vending machine-style — ala Apple’s iTunes (which, notably, wasn’t one of the multiple choices above).

Nor were Redbox, DirectTV, Comcast, or myriad other potential distributors.

All that competition has to bode well, eventually, for so-called content providers — and ultimately, consumers.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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